For over 25 years, AARDA has yielded high-impact results for the 50 million American and their families who live daily with autoimmune diseases.

Here’s why sending a donation of $25, $2,500, $25,000, or $ $250,000 will help AARDA continue its important work:

  • Help tens of millions of autoimmune disease (AD) patients and their families around the globe with information, research, and referrals
  • Award nearly $5 million in research grants, fellowships, and medical school scholarships
  • Establish and facilitate the National Coalition of Autoimmune Patient Groups (NCAPG), a coalition of 39 AD patient support and advocacy organizations
  • Obtain designation of March as National Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month
  • Raise more than $30 million
  • Hold administrative costs at less than 10 percent consistently— well below the industry average of 25 percent
  • Receive Charity Navigator’s highest, 4-star rating for the seventh time in the last eight years
  • Consistently comply with the National Health Council’s Standards of Excellence standards
  • Meet all 20 standards of charity accountability for the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance
  • Participate in the Independent Charities of America, a Combined Federal Campaign, annually since 1994 and maintain its “Best in America” certification
  • Sponsor or support more than 70 public forums in 28 U.S. states and five other countries
  • Institute and maintain a toll-free 800# patient hotline for 25 years and a website since 1997
  • Develop and update more than 100 unique patient education brochures and materials
  • Establish, maintain, and facilitate Facebook (; Twitter (@AARDATweets); and, YouTube (
  • Host annual Autoimmune Walks in cities around the U.S. since 2012
  • Initiate or fund more than 125 research grants and fellowships at prestigious research institutions and/or in partnership with various National Institutes of Health institutes
  • Sponsor, support, or provide speakers for 155 research/scientific/clinical meetings and conferences in 23 U.S. states and 20 other countries
  • Fund research resulting in groundbreaking publications on epidemiology, environmental triggers, women, and the microbiome, etc.
  • Establish the Autoimmune Disease Patient Registry Research Network (ARNet), a patient-powered database to facilitate research
  • Maintain a 25-year research partnership with Johns Hopkins University Autoimmune Disease Reseach Clinic (JHADRC) and Dr. Noel Rose
  • Conduct regular benchmarking research to gauge public awareness and understanding of ADs
  • Survey patients and physicians on key autoimmune disease issues, including health care reform and the Affordable Care Act, biosimilars, biologics, and patient safety, fatigue, and physician education
  • Author publicly available white papers on these issues
  • Maintain a 17-year long partnership with Emmy-nominated actress– and AARDA spokesperson– Kellie Martin
  • Generate thousands of national and local print, television, radio, and online news articles on ADs

How can you help AARDA achieve its next 25 years of success?

AARDA recently has spearheaded several strategic and big-picture initiatives to further understanding, diagnosing, treating, and discovering a cure for autoimmune disease. All are in the beginning stages and require funding to reach fruition. Your generous support will help AARDA:

  • Realize the creation of an Autoimmune Diagnostic Triage Clinic where patients may receive timely diagnosis by a team of experts
  • Launch ARNet on a large scale — once comprehensive, central database of anonymous patient information to be used by researchers
  • Expand the Noel R. Rose Scientific Colloquium series on early promise research areas
  • Increase overall research funding and support the Autoimmune Disease Young Mentored Investigator Research Grants program
  • Permanently establish its Washington, DC Office to handle all patient advocacy initiatives
  • Design an Autoimmune Disease Tool Kit for Women 35 and under that integrated traditional treatments with complementary approaches to address the whole person.
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