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Alzheimer's Association Fiscal Year 2015
Annual Report

"In fiscal year 2015, the Alzheimer's Association® experienced great momentum in our fight to end Alzheimer's disease, yielding unparalleled achievements from our mission-driven efforts in concern and awareness, research, care and support, public policy and revenue growth. This progress is a direct result of our strategic investments and targeted efforts — and our dedicated staff, volunteers and donors from around the country."

Harry Johns
President and CEO

Stewart Putnam
Chair, National Board of Directors

Increasing Concern and Awareness

The Association strives to drive the nationwide discussion of Alzheimer's and other dementias and to establish the Association as a dedicated and reliable resource to support the community's needs. By driving 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, begin treatment and plan for the future. Awareness of the Association helps these families to access needed resources during their journey with the disease.

The 2015 edition of the Association's annual Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures included a special report on disclosing a diagnosis, noting that only 45 percent of people with Alzheimer's disease or their caregivers say they were told the diagnosis by their doctor. Since its inaugural release in 2007, Facts and Figures has become the most-cited 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 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 provide care and support and to end the disease.

The House Appropriations Committee approved a historic $300 million increase for Alzheimer's disease research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a result of the Association's advocacy. In addition, and again resulting from the Association's advocacy, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a landmark 60 percent increase — approximately $350 million — for NIH Alzheimer's research. If passed into law, these measures would amount to the largest increase in Alzheimer's funding to date.

Enhancing Care and Support

The Association leads efforts to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. The Association is committed to providing reliable resources, support and information to those who need us 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.

The Association provided services to 3.6 million individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease in FY15. 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

In addition to being the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research, the Association continues to be 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 (Thompson Reuters). In our role as the leading convener, collaborator and coordinator, we bring the global research community together to accelerate the pace of discovery toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.

In FY15, the Association made new investments of over $17 million in more than 80 scientific investigations, part of the over 350 ongoing Association-funded research projects in 21 countries, totaling over $80 million. Since 1982, the Association has invested over $350 million in more than 2,300 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 research and enhancing the Association's care and support work.

In FY15, individuals, families, companies and communities across the country contributed to total revenues of $321 million. Through direct marketing channels, including e-outreach, print mailings and telephone calls, the Association engaged 765,547 donors in the cause, helping us reach the highest direct marketing revenue total in Association history.

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