The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading 501(C)3 nonprofit charity fighting against diabetes and its deadly consequences.

Nearly 29 million children and adults in this country are diagnosed with diabetes, so the mission we have is an urgent one. Everything we do forms the underpinning for that mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Stop Diabetes: Join the movement to end the devastating toll that diabetes takes on millions of individuals and families across our nation. It inspires and mobilizes the general public, volunteers, donors, corporations and the scientific and medical communities to rally around our cause and our call to "share, act, learn and give." Through these actions, millions will have the chance to get involved and help raise awareness, promote healthy living, and raise money to fund educational outreach, advocacy efforts, and critical research that will ultimately stop diabetes once and for all. Learn more.


  • 29 million: The estimated number of children and adults in the United States who have diabetes.
  • 86 million: The estimated number of Americans who have prediabetes.
  • 1.7 million: The number of new cases of diabetes diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2012.

*Statistics released by the CDC in January 2014



The Association has been funding innovative research to combat diabetes since 1955. In 2010, we funded more than $34 million in research at 125 leading research institutions throughout the country.


The Association provides the public and health care professionals with the most up-to-date information to help take a stand against diabetes through our Center for Information and Community Support (1-800-DIABETES) and two web sites, and, as well as via consumer and professional books and periodicals. The organization has offices in communities across the country and serves the public through a multitude of programs and activities including American Diabetes Association Expos in 11 markets, 55 sessions of Diabetes Camp each summer for kids with diabetes, and outreach to high-risk populations through its Por tu Familia, Live Empowered! and Native American initiatives.


The Association fights on behalf of the diabetes community to increase federal funding for diabetes research and programs, improve comprehensive health care and insurance coverage, and to end discrimination against people with diabetes.


An impressive 75% of every dollar spent supports research, advocacy, and services for people affected by diabetes.

ADA holds the Better Business Bureau's (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance Seal for National Charities. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance evaluates each charity's governance, fundraising practices, solicitations and informational materials, as well as how it spends its money. The Alliance's standards of measurement hold charitable organizations to higher principles than those required by law, thereby making the seal convey a strong and comprehensive confirmation of each organization's accountability. Every gift is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law and the donor will receive an acknowledgment for his or her donation.

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