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JDRF 2010 Annual Report

December 28, 2010

Earlier this month, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International released the 2010 Annual Report documenting the research projects and major milestones, providing the financial report, and recognizing the friends, supporters, and corporate partners who have given so much to the cause.  Thanks to everyone who helped make 2010 a successful year!  Read on to hear more about the great work happening through JDRF.

JDRF is committed to delivering better treatments – and ultimately a cure – to people with type 1 diabetes. Over its 40 years, JDRF has funded $1.5 billion in diabetes research – more than any other charitable organization. It has become the largest charitable funder of and advocate for type 1 diabetes research, setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide.  In FY2010, JDRF funded more than $107 million in research in 19 countries worldwide, including more than 40 human clinical trials – the final stage of research before new therapies can reach the people who can benefit from them.

JDRF was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with type 1 diabetes and now has more than 100 locations around the globe. Our supporters share an unrelenting passion and commitment to improving the lives of all people with type 1 – and to one day achieving a world free of the disease.

If the past 40 years have proven anything about type 1 diabetes research, it’s that meaningful progress is challenging, but achievable. And when a cure is finally found, JDRF will be the organization that has led the way, from the beginning.

One reason we can say this with confidence is that JDRF-funded research has advanced type 1 diabetes related science significantly in these 40 years. We are the global leader in driving the translation of research progress into better treatments and an eventual cure for people with type 1 diabetes. Another reason is that 2010 was a pivotal year for achieving important milestones. We are on the cusp of tangible advances that will change the lives of people with type 1 diabetes.

View the 2010 Annual Report

And there is good news to report on the fundraising front. Despite a tough economy, we enjoyed a return to growth in public support in 2010. In fact, total public support grew by 8 percent from 2009, reaching $194 million. Overall revenues (public support plus investment income) grew to $207 million. This growth was driven by our core programs, such as the Walk to Cure Diabetes, which remains the backbone of JDRF’s fundraising efforts. Walks accounted for $76 million in fundraising support last year, making the JDRF Walk program among the largest and most successful in the world.

Special Events and Major Gifts also helped raise support levels, as did fundraising by our international affiliates. We take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to our JDRF families, corporate partners, and volunteers, and our broader community of support, who help make our successes possible.

As we look to the future, we continue to grapple with the realities of this disease: millions of people suffer from diabetes and face the devastating complications that accompany the disease, including kidney and heart failure, blindness, stroke, amputation, and dangerously low blood sugar. These truths drive us passionately forward.

We are encouraged by recent progress and the opportunities on the horizon. We remain focused on our mission. And we will continue to refine our strategy, as science and circumstance demand, to quicken the pace of meaningful progress and to drive research toward tangible and life-changing benefits for people with type 1 diabetes.

With your continued support, we can and will remain true to our promise: to redouble our efforts, to secure all available resources for biomedical research, and to deliver a world without diabetes.

Thank you, as always, for all you do for JDRF and for everyone with type 1 diabetes.

Article from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation national website.

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To learn more about the JDRF Dallas chapter, visit our JDRF Dallas website!

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