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"In fiscal year 2013, the Alzheimer’s Association gained additional momentum in our relentless pursuit of our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease. We are at the doorstep of new breakthroughs in the fight, and as the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research, the Association is uniquely positioned to change the trajectory of this disease. We know that with the help of our volunteers, donors and partners around the globe, we can cross that threshold."

Harry Johns
President and CEO

Gerald Sampson
Chair, National Board of Directors

The FY2013 Annual Report details mission-related accomplishments within the five strategic objectives of the Alzheimer’s Association: increasing concern and awareness, advancing public policy, enhancing care and support, accelerating research, and growing revenue to meet mission goals. These initiatives drive the Association’s efforts to eliminate Alzheimer’s and offer help and hope to all those affected by this devastating disease. To fuel these efforts, the Association receives contributions through numerous fundraising activities and channels around the world.

Increasing Concern and Awareness

The Alzheimer’s Association strives to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease as a serious health threat while establishing the Association as a dedicated and reliable resource. By growing awareness of the number of affected individuals and the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s, families can gain the knowledge needed to seek diagnosis, begin treatment and plan for the future. Awareness of the Association helps these families to access needed resources during their journey with the disease. By increasing public understanding that everyone is at risk for Alzheimer’s now and in the future, more individuals will be motivated to join the cause.

The 2013 edition of the annual Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report revealed the burden of Alzheimer’s and dementia on individuals, caregivers, government and the nation’s health care system. The report also contained data on the impact of the disease in every U.S. state and included a special report on long-distance caregivers.

Advancing Public Policy

The Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research, care and support initiatives at the state and federal level. The organization works diligently to make Alzheimer’s a national priority while speaking up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer’s and their families. Across the country, the Association mobilizes hundreds of thousands of Alzheimer’s advocates in the movement to end Alzheimer’s.

The Association continues to be a leader in the implementation of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease, advocating for the resources needed to accelerate and prioritize its goals. In FY13, the Obama administration requested an additional $100 million within President Barack Obama’s FY2014 budget for the fight against Alzheimer’s and the resources needed to move the plan forward. Submitted by the President and subject to the approval of Congress, these funds were budgeted for the advancement of research, awareness, education and outreach, and caregiver support.

Enhancing Care and Support

The Alzheimer’s Association leads global, national and local efforts to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The Association is committed to providing reliable resources and information via the organization’s award-winning website, and offers support and services nationwide through local chapter offices. New tools focus on connecting those facing the disease with resources — and with each other — virtually.

In FY13, the Alzheimer’s Association provided services and support to 2.6 million individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Calls to the Helpline totaled 293,654 — a 12 percent increase over FY12. Our website, alz.org, received nearly 22 million visits, representing growth of 31 percent over FY12.

Accelerating Research

As the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s disease research, the Alzheimer’s Association is at the forefront of the field, globally connecting researchers in the quest to find methods of treatment, prevention and a cure, as well as fueling grants that drive cutting-edge progress. In its role as a catalyst and convener, the Association is responsible for the organization of the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® (AAIC®) and the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART), and assumes leadership of the World Wide Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (WW-ADNI).

More than 4,300 members of the global dementia research community came together July 14-19 in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2012 (AAIC) — the world’s largest forum for dementia researchers.

Growing Revenue

Individuals, corporations and foundations further the Association’s mission through their dedicated involvement and support. From walk events to galas, the Alzheimer’s Association calls on constituents to help raise funds to fight Alzheimer’s. These generous donors also support the mission through individual, family and estate gifts, demonstrating their powerful, ongoing commitment to ending Alzheimer’s and enhancing the care, support and research efforts of the Association.

In FY2013, individuals, families, companies and communities across the country contributed to total revenues of more than $273 million. A majority of this amount was from individuals, foundations and membership organizations, in addition to planned gifts from estates.

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The Alzheimer's Association is a nonprofit corporation exempt from federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Association continues to meet and exceed the standards set by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.