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 arthritis (including rheumatoid and related diseases).
- A focus on research designed to improve patient care and develop cures/treatments.
- Fiscal and organizational accountability. Charity Navigator is an independent organization that rates the fiscal management, transparency, and accountability of non-profit organizations.
I find that the organizations below meet these criteria.
The Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) is focused on providing grant funding directly to scientific researchers. You can even get nifty blue Cure Arthritis wristbands like the one I’m wearing! http://www.curearthritis.org/bracelet/.
The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. This organization focuses exclusively on autoimmune diseases which includes RA.
Please consider joining the fight against rheumatoid arthritis by giving to these and other excellent non-profit organizations.