JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes research worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.
Type 1 diabetes is a disease which strikes children suddenly and requires multiple injections of insulin daily or a continuous infusion of insulin through a pump. Insulin, however, is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.
Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with juvenile diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $800 million to diabetes research, including more than $80 million in FY2003. In FY2003, the Foundation funded 500 centers, grants and fellowships in 19 countries.
JDRF's new global goal is to increase this number to $1 Billion by 2009, and continue to provide more than 80% of expenditures directly to support research and research related education. JDRF is consistently rated by Forbes, SmartMoney, Charity Navigator, Consumers Digest and Barrons as "extremely efficient financially" and as "top ten pick that shines". The American Institute of Philanthropy gave JDRF an "A" rating, the only one for any national diabetes organization. The organizations mission is constant in its search to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. For more information, call 1-800-533-CURE.