Your Dollars At Work

In 2011, our mission-critical expenditures increased to $43.5 million from $39.2 million in fiscal year 2010.  Eighty-two cents of every dollar raised in 2011, went toward research, education, and support.

Our allocation of contributions were as follows:

  • Program Services—81.8%
  • Fundraising—8.0%
  • Administrative—10.2%

CCFA has defined itself by sponsoring the best and brightest researchers over many decades—seeding the field with studies around the mysteries of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).  Our cumulative investment of more than $200 million has defined these inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and transformed the clinical management and scientific understanding of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

We consistently meet the standards of organizations that monitor charities, including the American Institute of Philanthropy, Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, and Charity Navigator.

Here are the actions we have taken and the results we achieve on a daily basis with your support:


Our Actions:

  • Provided more than $200 million for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis research.
  • Maintain and support several professional scientific committees to identify appropriate and effective research projects.
  • With more than 1,500 grants awarded CCFA has played a role in every major scientific breakthrough in IBD, from generating data that led to new therapies to the discovery of the first gene for Crohn's disease.

The Results:

  • Joint alliances and databank resources have been developed to aid in finding the cause of and effective treatment for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Over 80% of CCFA grant recipients are still working in IBD research, and many have gone on to receive funding from the National Institutes of Health for further research.
  • More than 77% of CCFA Research Training Award recipients are still involved in Crohn's and colitis research.
  • Compared to other foundations devoted to finding cures for diseases, CCFA is not nearly as well-funded per patient suffering—however, we fund significantly more research than our counterparts.


Our Actions:

  • Produce educational brochures on Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Publish the following magazines:
  • Conduct over 75 educational events and symposiums each year for patients and professionals.
  • Offer professional programs that teach about and expand expertise in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, including our Visiting IBD Fellow Program and IBD Preceptorship Program.
  • Developed and maintain this award-winning website.
  • Created UC and Crohn’s—an interactive portal that informs teenagers, parents, and teachers about living with Crohn's and colitis, as well as IBDetermined

The Results:

  • More than one million pieces of literature are distributed annually by CCFA.
  • Our website receives over 80,000 visitors and over 400,000 page views each month.
  • CCFA’s membership program reaches at least 1 out of every 17 patients—with a 34% increase in membership since 1996. In addition, nearly 37% of U.S. gastroenterologists are CCFA physician members.


Our Actions:

  • Provide disease-specific education, support, and treatment information through our Information Resource Center at 1-888-MY-GUT-PAIN as well as live chat on our website.
  • Actively maintain and support local chapters nationwide to reach individuals in need. 
  • Over 10,000 people attended one of our 265 support groups nationwide in 2011.
  • Serve over 1,200 children with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis through Camp Oasis

The Results:

  • We have a local presence in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia—including 36 staffed chapters and 4 volunteer and affiliate offices.
  • About 1,200 inquiries per month are received by CCFA via emails and phone calls.

Fundraising Initiatives

Our Actions:

  • Successfully spearheaded an effort in Congress to designate every December 1-7 as IBD Awareness Week.
  • Aggressively advocate in Washington, D.C. for additional funding allocations for research into the cause, prevention of, and cures for Crohn's and ulcerative colitis. 
  • Organize local and regional fundraising activities through our local chapters including Team Challenge, Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis, and Research Alliances
  • Maintain a professional fundraising staff to identify and obtain contributions and grants from foundations, corporations, and individuals.
  • Call for increased federal funding for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis research and awareness programs designed to improve the lives of patients. 
  • Urge our legislators to implement responsible policies that can transform the lives of the more than 1.4 million Americans living with inflammatory bowel diseases.

The Results:

  • We have helped to significantly increase federal funding of Crohn's and colitis research through our advocacy efforts. 
  • In total, CCFA has provided more than $200 million for Crohn's and colitis research.

Each year the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is audited by an independent accounting firm and our financial statments are published in our annual report.