ADA Spending at a Glance

This is the first installment in an infographic series focusing on how the largest and most influential diabetes fundraising organizations in America use their funding. The main purpose of reviewing and sharing this data is to help ensure that the T1D community can make informed donation decisions as World Diabetes Day (November 14) and the holiday season approach. Additionally, the JDCA encourages readers to sign our More for a Cure Petition to support the prioritization of cure research at the ADA and JDRF.
The infographic above provides a snapshot of the ADA's research spending. The key takeaway is that 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 2019, only 2.4% of the ADA's annual budget was used specifically for T1D research.

Furthermore, each year the ADA hosts a number of fundraising events and activities which feature some type of cure promise. In 2020, 100% 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 well-positioned 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. We also encourage you to share this infographic with friends and/or forward it to your local ADA chapter.