To cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.
Drastically affecting the lives of patients and their families, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two painful, unpredictable lifelong digestive diseases that currently have no medical cure.
ADVOCATING FOR THE FUTURE The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is the leading organization advocating for all those suffering from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Since our founding nearly five decades ago, the Foundation has remained at the forefront of IBD research. Today, we fund cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurture investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finance underdeveloped areas of research. Beyond research, the Foundation is collaborating with healthcare providers to improve IBD quality of care, as well as educating, supporting, and empowering patients and their caregivers through patient-centric education and advocacy programs.
A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE AT CAMP Camp Oasis is a co-ed residential summer camp program that enriches the lives of children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis by providing them with a safe and supportive camp community. Since all of the campers (and many of the adults) at Camp Oasis are living with IBD, this experience allows to see that they are not alone, try new activities, create friendships with people who understand them, gain confidence and independence, and be in an environment to just be a kid! Our volunteer physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals are available for 24-hour care and work to ensure campers follow the regimen prescribed by their doctors back home.
THE NEED IS CRITICAL Over 1.6 million Americans suffer from IBD and other digestive diseases. That’s more than 1 in every 200 Americans. The majority of patients are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 35, though 10-15% of all cases are youth under the age of 18. Children represent the fastest growing patient population. These diseases are chronic, debilitating, and often require lifelong commitment to medications. There are many long-term complications due to the chronic nature of the illnesses and the effects of the disease vary by individual.
YOUR DONATION IS A GREAT INVESTMENT We rely on the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations to support our mission. More than 80 cents of every dollar the Foundation invests goes to research, education, and support services. The Foundation meets the standards of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, received an “A” rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy and received a top rating on Charity Navigator.