JDCA Report: Diabetes Cure Research Down For 2011
The JDCA’s latest report, Review of Expense Categories of the Major Type 1 Non-Profits, has exposed another worrying statistic – the amount of money allocated toward cure research by the major diabetes charities decreased between 2010 and 2011.
Our report offers a detailed breakdown of the expenses for each of the four major diabetes foundations – the JDRF, ADA, DRIF and Joslin. We note that they all have different mission statements and some are focused only on type 1, while others on both type 1 and type 2, but the ultimate conclusion of our findings is that only 20% of aggregate donor contributions to three of the four major type 1 non-profits was directed to type 1 cure research grants. The downward trend is noted both in absolute dollars and as a percentage of donor contributions.
This is a major problem for all who are advocating and hoping for a type 1 diabetes cure, and should be an urgent call of action to unite and stand together on this issue. It is worrisome that the foundations continue allocating such a small portion of the money raised specifically through cure fundraisers toward projects aiming for a cure. Not to mention that methods focusing on a Practical Cure (with a precise definition and a timeline) are even fewer. Activities with no potential to result in a type 1 cure account for a large portion of the combined expenses of the four major foundations.
In our next blog on the report we will take a closer look at where exactly all the money not used in the research labs is going to – but it is definitely worth it to read the entire report to understand the complexities of how money is allocated.