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Alzheimer's Association Fiscal Year 2016
Annual Report

"Driven by the commitment of our generous donors and dedicated volunteers and staff, the Alzheimer’s Association took definitive steps forward in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease in fiscal year 2016. Our progress on behalf of all those affected motivates us to strive with even greater purpose to achieve our goals, while shaping the path to a future free from this devastating disease."

Harry Johns
President and CEO

Stewart Putnam
Chair, National Board of Directors



The FY2016 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 Association drives the nationwide discussion of Alzheimer’s and other dementias and establishes the Association as a dedicated and reliable resource to support the community's needs. By growing the conversation about the number of affected individuals, and the staggering and growing economic and societal impact of Alzheimer’s, the public and policymakers can take appropriate actions to change the course of the disease. Families can gain the knowledge needed to seek diagnosis, access support services and plan for the future. Awareness of the Association helps these families to access needed resources during their journey with the disease.

The 2016 edition the Association’s annual Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures included a special report on the personal financial impact of Alzheimer’s on families, showing that the financial support required by a person with Alzheimer’s disease may ultimately deprive care contributors of basic necessities such as food, transportation and medical care. Since its inaugural 2007 release, the report has become the pre-eminent source covering the broad spectrum of Alzheimer’s disease issues.



Advancing Public Policy

The Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, successfully fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research, care and support initiatives at the state and federal level. The organization is relentless in its efforts 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 for better care and support and to end the disease.

In response to the tireless efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, its dedicated advocates and its sister organization, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM), Congress approved and the president passed a historic $350 million increase for Alzheimer’s disease research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the FY16 funding budget. This marks the largest-ever increase for federal Alzheimer’s research funding — a nearly 60 percent increase over FY15 funding levels.



Enhancing Care and Support

The Association is committed to enhancing care and support by providing reliable resources, support and information to all those affected by Alzheimer's in communities nationwide. In addition to our respected role in face-to-face support services across the country, we provide support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year through our award-winning website and Helpline.

As a leader in care and support, the Association provided services to 4 million individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The Association’s website, alz.org, and its nationwide 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) serve as year-round entry points to the organization’s network of resources, including care consultation, support groups, education programs, early-stage initiatives, health care provider tools and safety services. Based on constituent surveys, participants in Association programs and services report high levels of satisfaction and would recommend the services to others.



Accelerating Research

The Association is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research and the respected leader in the field of dementia research. The Association is the number one most impactful nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s disease research in the world and ranks behind only the Chinese and U.S. governments in overall impact as measured by Web of Science (Thomson Reuters). In our role as the leading convener, collaborator and coordinator, we unite the global research community to accelerate the pace of discovery toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.

In FY16, the Alzheimer’s Association made new investments of nearly $25 million in 135 scientific investigations. These investments are part of the over 350 ongoing and active Association-funded research projects underway in 18 countries, totaling over $90 million. Since 1982, the Association has invested over $375 million in more than 2,400 scientific investigations.



Growing Revenue Support of the Mission

Individuals, corporations and foundations further the Association’s mission through their dedicated involvement and support. From Walk to End Alzheimer’s events to galas, the 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 through advancing research and enhancing the Association’s care and support work.

In FY16, individuals, families, companies and communities across the country contributed to total revenues of $316.5 million. The majority of this amount was from individuals, foundations and membership organizations, in addition to planned gifts from estates. These contributions enhance the Association’s ability to drive progress as the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.



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