JDCA Report: Funds to Cure Type 1 Diabetes Shrinking
Posted on Apr 11 2012 at 03:04:49 PM in Diseases
The JDCA’s latest report, Shrinking Funding Of Type 1 Cure Research By the Four Major Non-Profits highlights a declining trend in cure research funding. Although the diabetes community continues to give their time and money to the diabetes non-profits and to campaign for a cure for type 1 diabetes, the major foundations are using less, not more, of that money for cure research than they did in 2008.
According to our findings, combined annual funding of type 1 cure research grants by the four major nonprofits decreased by 44% from 2008-11. The report takes an in-depth look at how much money the four major organizations we analyze (the JDRF, ADA, Joslin, and DRIF) allocate toward cure research labs.
There are different reasons for the downward trend. One of the biggest ones is that the JDRF (who raises the most money and spends the most in terms of all research), made the decision to allocate more of its funds in recent years to non-cure research, such as Glucose Control and Diabetes Complications. The other three organizations maintained relatively steady (but still trending downward) percentages, though their financial contributions toward cure research are significantly smaller.
The main point is that the primary fundraising messages which focus almost solely on a cure are inconsistent with actual research grant allocations and recent funding trends. Put in other words, a dominant reason for giving is not being realized.
This is something that we need to change and that we all can advocate for. We need to continue supporting the foundations searching for a type 1 diabetes cure, but make it know that we want more of the allocations to be used precisely for that purpose.