Your Dollars At Work

Our Mission

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading 501(C)3 nonprofit charity fighting against diabetes and its deadly consequences, and working to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Every 17 seconds, someone in this country is 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.

The money raised by the Association funds research, information programs, and advocacy efforts that support the nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. with diabetes, and the 79 million with pre-diabetes.


breakdown of every dollar spent

An impressive 73% of every dollar spent supports research, advocacy, and services for people affected by diabetes. We are proud to report that the Association earns high marks from those agencies whose job it is to monitor the activities of nonprofit organizations.

Donor Stewardship

The American Diabetes Association meets or exceeds relevant watchdog standards in its allocation of donor dollars. According to the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, nonprofit organizations should spend at least 65 percent of their total expenses on program activities, with remaining funds going to administrative and fundraising expenses.

The American Diabetes Association continues to meet and exceed these minimum standards with 73 percent of our total annual expenses going to research, information and advocacy.

Learn more about the BBB and its report on the American Diabetes Association's Web site.

Where Your Money Goes


Your donation will help fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; deliver services to hundreds of communities; provide objective and credible information; and give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.

In 2011 more than $145 million, or 73% of the Association’s expenses, was invested directly into mission activities including research, information and advocacy.

Since its inception, the Association has invested more than $600 million in research and provided funding for more than 4,000 research projects.

Summer Camp

The Association continues to be the largest provider of Diabetes Camps as well as weekend retreats and one-day events that benefit more than 6,500 children of all ages each year. $500,000 in “camperships” were awarded to children to attend summer diabetes camps.

Logan Nicole Gregory, National Youth Advocate

The Association's programs and workshops for high-risk populations give individuals, families, schools and communities critical guidance and culturally competent tools and resources to help those affected by diabetes take control.

The Center for Information and Community Support fielded an average of 20,000 calls and emails per month in 2011 to support all people with diabetes, particularly providing a great resource for the newly diagnosed.

Our Advocacy team helps thousands facing discrimination and protects the rights of children with diabetes to have the care they need at school. Thanks to their efforts the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act helps protect all those with diabetes fighting for fairness in the workplace. Our network of advocates work on the local, state and federal levels to call for increased funding for vital research and prevention programs, helping achieve $10 million in CDC funding for the National Diabetes Prevention Program.

The Association distributes more than 10,000 Everyday WisdomŪ Kits annually to families dealing with a new diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.

More than 60,000 people attended the 11 American Diabetes Association EXPO events held across the country where they received resources and learned how to better manage their diabetes.

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