The infographic above provides a snapshot of how the ADA, one of the largest and most influential diabetes fundraising organizations in the U.S., uses its funds. The main purpose of reviewing and sharing this data is to help ensure that the T1D community can make informed donation decisions.
The key takeaway for the T1D audience is the majority of the ADA's research spending is allocated to type 2 diabetes, and only a small portion is attributed to T1D research. In 2017, the most recent year the data is available, only 4 percent of the ADA's annual budget was used specifically for T1D research.
In addition, each year the ADA hosts a number of fundraising events and activities, with the majority featuring some type of cure promise. In 2017, 86 percent of all ADA event advertising featured a promise to fund cure research.
Because the ADA is one of the largest diabetes fundraising organizations in the world, the JDCA believes it is also one of the best positioned organizations to help find a cure for T1D. By increasing T1D cure research spending, the ADA could align with its donor base, which has voiced a strong opinion to fund more T1D cure research, and follow-through on the cure-promise featured in their advertising.
To ensure your donation is used solely for the purpose of funding T1D cure research, the JDCA makes an easy to fill-out stipulation card to send with your donation (Click here to view/use). We also encourage you to share this infographic with friends and/or show it to your local ADA chapter.
Finally, to support more cure research at the ADA and JDRF, sign the JDCA More for a T1D Cure Petition, launching September 4.
Petition Link: http://curepetition.thejdca.org/