Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, Cyber Monday…and now Giving Tuesday. In this season of over eating and commercialism, it’s good to take a step back and think about how we can give. This second annual event is designed for people to give back to the community. When it comes to rheumatoid arthritis, there are many non-profit organizations to choose from. For me, it comes down to the following four factors:
- A focus on the patient.
- A focus on autoimmune-based arthritides (including rheumatoid and related diseases).
- A focus on research designed to improve patient care and develop cures/treatments.
- Fiscal and organizational accountability.
I find that three organizations meet these criteria.
The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. This organization focuses on autoimmune diseases exclusively.
The Arthritis National Research Foundation is focused on providing grant funding directly to scientific researchers.
The Rheumatoid Patient Foundation is the only non-profit organization exclusively devoted to rheumatoid disease with a focus on the patient.
Please consider joining the fight against rheumatoid arthritis by giving to these excellent organizations.