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An affiliate of the Alzheimer's Association, the East Central Iowa Chapter, located in Cedar Rapids, IA, was founded in 1986 by a group of area caregivers.  The Chapter was officially incorporated in 1989.  In 1995 a Regional Office was opened in Waterloo, IA, helping to reach more families throughout the 19-county chapter territory

Our mission
To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Learn more about our chapter.

Our vision
A world without Alzheimer's disease.

Financial information

The Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donor-supported organization. Programs and services are made possible through contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. The chapter uses 81% of funds raised for programs, services and research efforts.  The Alzheimer's Association meets the BBB Wise Giving Alliance's standard for charity accounting.

Annual report

Learn about the highlights of 2011 and read through the annual report that can be found here.

Strategic plan

Our Mission:  To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Goal: Increasing Concern and Awareness
Increase the momentum of the Alzheimer's disease movement by 1) measurably increasing concern annually in the general population about Alzheimer's disease as a critical public health issue; and 2) doubling unaided awareness of the Alzheimer's Association among the Champions audience.

Goal: Advancing Advocacy
Advance public policy by securing governmental action to increase federal research investment to $2 billion, create early detection and care planning initiatives, create a federal Alzheimer's plan and implement coordinated nationwide state policy priorities.

Goal: Enhancing Care and Support
The Alzheimer's Association will be an early and ongoing point of contact for at least 50 percent of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, either directly or through a caregiver.

Goal: Accelerating Research
Accelerate progress in global Alzheimer's research by increasing funding by the Association, engaging more people in Alzheimer's science priorities, leading global efforts to advance key issues and supporting emerging needs.

Goal: Growing Revenue Support of the Mission
Achieve significantly greater Association-wide mission impact by growing contributed revenue at a minimum annual growth rate of 6 percent in FY12, 8 percent in FY13 and 10 percent in FY14 to at least $240 million in FY14 by increasing the number of donors and donations and by investing in both short- and longer-term growth strategies.

Board of Directors - Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter

Patrick Allen, President
Gary Wicklund, Vice President
Debbie Craig, Secretary

Carolyn Barko
Harold Getty
Mona Knoll
Anne Lenzen
Kent Roeder
Alfred Willett
Wayne Winn



Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.