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Mission & Funding

Our Mission: To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Mission & Funding

The money you raise for the Association funds critical diabetes research, information programs, and advocacy efforts that support the nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. with diabetes, and the 86 million with pre-diabetes.

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.

Since its inception, the Association has invested more than $700 million in research and provided funding for more than 4,500 research projects.

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" was awarded to children to attend summer diabetes camps.

The Association's programs and workshops for high-risk populations give individuals, families, schools and community’s 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 helps protect all those with diabetes fighting for fairness in the workplace.

Learn more about these important parts of our mission through the following links: 


Our National Sponsors

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© 2016 American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading 501(C)3 nonprofit charity providing diabetes research, information and advocacy.

Tour de Cure is the premier cycling fundraising event of the American Diabetes Association and the nation’s largest diabetes cycling event. This event is a unique opportunity for businesses, clubs, friends and families to come together to form teams with the vision of a life free of diabetes and all its burdens

How to be a Virtual Walker?

It's easy!

  • Click on the "Register" button located within the top of this page,
  • Find the Step Out you’d like to participate in locally, and
  • At the beginning of registering choose the VIRTUAL WALKER registration option.

That's it!

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Credit Card Verification Code

The Verification Code is imprinted on credit cards to help merchants verify transactions when the actual card is not present, such as Internet purchases or donations. The merchant uses this number as part of the authorization process with the card issuer.

Please use the images below to locate the verification code for your card type.

Visa, Master Card, and Discover

Visa, Master Card, and Discover Verification Code

The verification code for Visa, Master Card, and Discover is a 3-digit number printed on the back of your card. It appears after the account number or last 4-digits of your account number, in the signature panel.

American Express Verification Code

American Express

The American Express verification code is a 4-digit number printed on the front of your card. It appears above and to the right of the embossed account number.

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