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The Autoimmune Association is the world’s leading nonprofit dedicated to autoimmune awareness, education, advocacy, and research. We are passionate about creating hope and a better future for people living with autoimmune disease.

Learn more about our history, initiatives, and where we’re headed next!

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2023 Impact Report

Read about our work in 2023 in the areas of advocacy, awareness, education, and research.

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Our History


Inception of the Autoimmune Association

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Established a nationwide referral service and developed patient education materials.



Co-sponsored first international conference on autoimmunity in Orlando, Florida.

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Successfully advocated for legislation establishing the NIH Autoimmune Diseases Coordinating Committee.

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Established the National Coalition of Autoimmune Patient Groups, which now includes over 50 organizations.

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Successfully advocated for a $30 million additional NIH funding of autoimmune research.

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Engaged a national spokesperson and began advocating for a national autoimmune research plan.

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Provided initial funding for the first Center for Autoimmune Disease Research in the nation at Johns Hopkins University.

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Successfully advocated for passage of the Children’s Health Act, which mandated that NIH develop a National Autoimmune Diseases Research Plan.

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Sponsored a congressional briefing on autoimmunity to bring attention to the need to fund the National Autoimmune Diseases Research Plan.

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Initiated a National Alliance for Autoimmune Awareness involving the NIH, Johns Hopkins University Center for Autoimmune Disease Research, patient groups, and corporations.

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Conducted a National Awareness Campaign and sponsored a “What Every American Needs to Know” public forum.

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Organized an Autoimmune Rally on Capitol Hill to support the “Prevention, Awareness and Research of Autoimmune Diseases Act.”

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Officially enacted March as Autoimmune Awareness Month.

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Reached $1 million milestone for research support.

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Conducted a summit meeting on the Global Status of Autoimmune Diseases.



Organized a series of public and patient forums throughout the country.

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Conducted a congressional briefing on autoimmune diseases for Autoimmune Awareness Month.

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Created a major autoimmune awareness special insert in the Washington Post.

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Reached $2 million milestone for supporting research.

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Sponsored an Autoimmune Summit and Congressional Briefing.

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Celebrated The Autoimmune Association’s 25th anniversary.

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Launched ARNET, an autoimmune disease patient registry.

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NCAPG grew to 50 members, and new website including a robust disease list was launched.

Financial Statements

The Autoimmune Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by autoimmune disease through awareness, education, advocacy, and research. The Autoimmune Association is a BBB Accredited Charity, is recognized by the National Health Council for meeting their Standards of Excellence, is certified by America’s Best Charities, has a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator, and has a Platinum rating from Guidestar. The Autoimmune Association prepares financial reports including annual reports, financial statements, and tax returns.

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