Today we’re taking a closer look at the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), founded in 1965 by Shelby Modell and Irwin M. Rosenthal. The nonprofit foundation is driven entirely by volunteers and is dedicated to assisting with efforts in finding a cure for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and improving the lives of children and adults that are fighting digestive diseases. Since its founding the CCFA is now comprised of over 45,000 members and has more than thirty chapters around the country.
Funds generated by the CCFA are aimed at studies designed to find the causes and a cure for Crohn’s disease and colitis. These funds are often given to medical institutions or investigators that are building the foundations of their career and the foundation also finances underdeveloped areas of research. To date, the CCFA has raised and provided over $150 million in funds.
Besides its funding efforts, the CCFA also provides patient support services and literature across all of its chapters. These include informational pamphlets, books, awareness campaigns, and chapter events designed to educate patients and their families. Advocacy is also a major facet of the CCFA as it’s comprised of patients as well as friends, family, and caregivers looking to make a difference and build the road to a future where Crohn’s and colitis are a thing of the past.
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.