In 1965, Irwin M. Rosenthal and Shelby Modell launched the non-profit called Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). Comprised entirely of volunteers it continues its perseverance towards finding a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis while finding ways to improve the lives of children and adults living their life with digestive diseases. Today, the CCFA has over 40,000 members and more than twenty chapters across the country.
The CCFA’s fundraising efforts are used to fuel studies focused on further understanding the causes and a potential cure for Crohn’s disease and colitis. These funds are often turned into donations to medical institutions or investigators that are looking to build a solid resume early in their careers. The CCFA also finances underdeveloped areas of research. Today, more than $150 million in funding has been raised thanks to the efforts of the CCFA.
When it isn’t focused on its funding goals, the CCFA also seeks to offer patient support services and literature in all of its chapters. Pamphlets, books, awareness campaigns, and chapter events to further understanding are all part of the process. Advocacy is also a major component of the CCFA as some of its volunteers also happen to be patients.
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.