JDF U.S. Government Relations


Why We Are Here

The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (JDF) is a not-for-profit, voluntary health agency with U.S. chapters and international affiliates throughout the world. JDF is dedicated to supporting and funding research to find a cure for diabetes and its complications.

Millions in Research Funding

JDF gives more money directly to diabetes research than any other nongovernmental health agency in the world. JDF's US chapters and international affiliates raise millions of dollars each year to directly fund this research. This year, JDF has awarded US$31 million to diabetes research, bringing its cumulative research support to US$211 million since its founding in 1970.

Government Contribution

However, as successful as JDF is at raising money from the private sector, these dollars are only a fraction of the hundreds of millions of dollars committed by the federal government each year to diabetes research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies. In fiscal year 1997, the federal government will contribute over US$12.7 billion to biomedical research at the NIH. The government will fund over US$310 million directly to diabetes research, with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) funding approximately US$200 million in total, and the other US$100 million coming from other various Institutes with an interest in diabetes research. Clearly, we cannot afford to ignore the fact that progress in diabetes research is highly dependent on the research dollars appropriated each year by Congress.

Maintaining Government Involvement

JDF’s Government Relations Program was established with the goal of increasing the amount of money the federal government devotes to diabetes research. JDF’s government relations activities are organized and implemented by the Government Relations Committee: a group of volunteers including a Chairman, Steering Committee, and State Leaders who supervise the legislative effort in each state. In addition to the Government Relations Committee, each chapter has a Legislative Chair to encourage and oversee the chapter’s government relations efforts along with hundreds of volunteer letter writers who contact their legislators on behalf of diabetes research to ensure that meritorious research is pursued without hindrance, to help establish a sound public policy for the eradication of diabetes and to improve the quality of life for people with diabetes.

The Washington Connection

The Government Relations Committee works towards JDF’s goals with the help of JDF’s Government Relations Department in Washington, D.C. The Washington office is staffed by a Director, Assistant Director and Government Relations Assistant and serves as the focal point for all government relations activities. The staff monitors governmental activity on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies and works to influence issues of significance to JDF and its mission.

For more information or a copy of the latest Government Relations newsletter, please contact or e-mail:

JDF Government Relations
1400 I Street, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
1-800-JDF-1-VOTE
(202) 371-9746
(202) 371-2760 Fax
E-mail: govrel@jdfcure.com

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