Who We Are
Learn more about the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America’s history, mission, partners, and programs.
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. It was founded in 1967 by Irwin M. and Suzanne Rosenthal, William D. and Shelby Modell, and Henry D. Janowitz, M.D.
Since our founding nearly five decades ago, CCFA has remained at the forefront of research in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Today, we fund cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurture investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finance underdeveloped areas of research. In addition, our professional education workshops and programs, along with our scientific journal, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, enable medical professionals to keep pace with this rapidly growing field. We are very proud that the National Institutes of Health has commended us for "uniting the research community and strengthening IBD research."
Beyond research, CCFA is collaborating with healthcare providers to improve IBD quality of care, as well as educating, supporting, and empowering patients and their caregivers through patient-centric education and advocacy programs.
A quick overview of who we are:
To cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Learn more about our mission.
CCFA consistently meets standards established by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance as well as other charity watchdog organizations. Read more about our impact on IBD research, professional education and training, and patient support and education programs.
We serve more than 600,000 patients annually through our 40 chapters as well as our national education and support programs. We have a constituent base of more than two million people. Since CCFA is not a government-supported agency, we rely on the support of our members and donors to continue our work.
Our dedicated corporate sponsors and foundations provide us with significant grants, which have made many of our research, support, and education programs possible.
We maintain informal partnerships with a variety of Crohn's and colitis-related organizations around the world for the cooperative purposes of research and information sharing.