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Our mission is 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. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Learn more

The Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota is led by dedicated individuals, all of whom contribute enormous amounts of time and energy to help improve the lives of people with Alzheimer's and other dementias and their caregivers. 

Board of Directors
Fiscal Year 2016 Impact Report
IRS 990 form

Impact on Our Community FY16

(July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016)

Increasing Concern and Awareness
More than 150 news stories featured the Alzheimer’s Association, half of which featured interviews with staff, volunteers, or board members. Through advertising and earned media, over 107.3 million media impressions were garnered, a 48.8 percent increase over our last fiscal year.

The Chapter website,, received more than 74,000 visits to its pages. Our website is often the first stop for diagnosed individuals and their families and offers targeted content to those living with the disease, caregivers, health care providers and more.

Young Champions
Committed to changing the face of Alzheimer's, this group of young professionals raise awareness and funds in the Twin Cities, Fargo, St. Cloud and Duluth. In fiscal year 2016, they hosted a series of educational events, including bringing a researcher from the University of Minnesota to present, and fundraisers like the ALZ Bean Bagz for Brainz tournament and ALZ We Want to do is Laugh. Young Champions advocated at the state and federal level, and were responsible for the advocacy training at Minnesota Rally Day.

Our programs, services and events would not be possible without the commitment and generous support of its volunteers. More than 1,100 people provided more than 15,200 hours of service towards our mission.


Advancing Public Policy
Through representation at the Capitols in North Dakota, Minnesota and Washington DC, we worked to develop policies to influence how government approaches research investment, caregiver supports, and public awareness. Through grassroots advocacy efforts, we sent nearly 30 volunteer advocates to Washington DC to share their stories and advocate for increased research funding through the National Institutes for Health (NIH), as well as two bills - the Health Outcomes, Planning and Education for Alzheimer’s Act (HOPE Act) and the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA). Rally days, held in March in St. Paul and June in Bismarck, allowed more than 150 participants to meet with their state legislators to advance our state priorities.


Enhancing Care and Support
Service Contacts
Our chapter provides individuals with dementia, their care partners, community members and health care professionals with education and support programs and services. In fiscal year 2016, we had 251,150 service contacts, which included Helpline calls, visits to the Care and Support webpages on our website, MedicAlert+Safe Return® and online education programs. Additional program results:

  • Care Consultation. Individuals with memory loss and their care partners received nearly 3,300 care consultations, giving individualized assistance with problem solving, planning and identifying resources. Telehealth, a new project to provide care consultations via computer technology, was developed for families who are isolated. 

  • Community, Corporate and Professional Education. We offered dementia-specific workshops and conferences throughout the two-state area. More than 9,000 people attended community, corporate and professional education programs, including 1,300 people who attended our sold-out Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference.

  • Early-Stage Engagement Programs. Attendance at programs serving people in the early stage of the disease, such as Memory Club, Meetup and Mentor and the Living Well program, was more than 780.

  • Transitions Project. We developed meaningful, social engagement programming for people transitioning out of early stage Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Information and Referral. Nearly 9,400 calls were made to the 24/7 Helpline for information, support and resources.

  • Support Groups. 140 active support groups, led by trained volunteer facilitators, provided assistance and encouragement to more than 4,160 individuals and their care partners affected by dementia.

North Dakota Dementia Care Services Program
The State of North Dakota renewed its two year contract with us to provide dementia care services statewide. This is the seventh year of this program.

ACT on Alzheimer’s
ACT on Alzheimer’s is a volunteer-driven, statewide collaboration to transform Minnesota's response to Alzheimer's disease by creating dementia-friendly communities.  Last year we raised $190,000 to support this initiative and are currently providing technical assistance to 43 communities across Minnesota, with 6 new communities being added this coming year.


Accelerating Research
We are committed to accelerating the global effort to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through a variety of initiatives, such as the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® (AAIC), the Alzheimer’s Association Research Roundtable, Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, and research funding. Last year, our chapter signed up more than 3,000 people for TrialMatch®, a free, easy-to-use clinical studies matching service that connects individuals with Alzheimer's, caregivers, healthy volunteers and physicians with current studies. We advance the understanding of Alzheimer's through our peer-reviewed research grant program and have invested over $375 million in more than 2,400 scientific investigations since 1982.


Growing Revenue Support of the Mission

  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. In fiscal year 2016, walks in Minnesota and North Dakota raised more than $2.2 million. Our Twin Cities Walk was the fourth largest in the nation!
  • Purple Gala.  The 24th annual Purple Gala brought together 800 guests and raised more than $750,000.
  • The Longest Day. A record 73 teams and 475 people have raised $60,400 through events across the chapter.
  • RivAlz: Blondes vs. Brunettes Twin Cities. In fiscal year 2016, this annual flag football game raised more than $187,000 and had over 1,000 people in attendance.
  • Third-Party Events: Individuals, businesses and community groups throughout Minnesota and North Dakota planned and hosted events and activities, which raised more than $82,000 in fiscal year 2016. In addition, the Allianz Driving to Donate Golf tournament raised more than $195,000.

View our financial report at



Alzheimer's Association

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