The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) was founded by Shelby Modell and Irwin M. Rosenthal back in 1965. The nonprofit foundation is full operated by volunteers and remains steadfast in its dedication to aid the ongoing efforts to find a cure for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, as well as bettering the lives of children and adults that are combating digestive diseases. Since it was founded the CCFA is now consists of more than 45,000 members and it has over 25 chapters across the United States.
The funds earned or gathered by the CCFA go towards studies intended to determine the causes and a cure for Crohn’s disease and colitis. These funds are typically donated to medical institutions or investigators that are establishing the blueprints for their career. The CCFA also finances underdeveloped areas of research. Today, the foundation has managed to raise and provide over $150 million in important funding.
When it isn’t spearheading funding initiatives, the CCFA also aims to offer patient support services and literature in every single one of its chapters. These include informational pamphlets, books, awareness campaigns, and chapter events with the goal of providing a better understanding of what patients and their parents are going through. Advocacy is also an important component of the CCFA as some of its volunteers are patients as well as friends, family, and caregivers that want to make a difference and lay the groundwork to a future where Crohn’s and colitis are curable diseases.
This foundation featured on The Jills Giving is one of the many unique foundations supported by The Jills team which includes Jill Eber, Jill Hertzberg, Hillary Hertzberg, Danny Hertzberg, and Felise Eber. The Jills team strongly believes in giving back and we encourage you to visit The Jills Giving website to learn more about the various foundations we support as well as a little bit about the team.