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Alzheimer's Association Fiscal Year 2017
Annual Report

"FY17 was a year of historic growth and achievement for the Alzheimer's Association and our cause, beginning with our action on July 1, 2016, to commence operation as a single, unified organization. With all of our dedicated volunteers and supporters now working together in a single entity, we are capable of accomplishing even more than before. As evidenced by our FY17 achievements and successful outcomes, every action we take is mission-focused and completed with an amplified urgency to end the Alzheimer's crisis as soon as possible."

Harry Johns
President and CEO

Christopher Binkley
Chair, National Board of Directors

The FY17 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 objectives, 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 organization as a dedicated and reliable resource to support community 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, begin available treatments and plan for the future. Awareness of the Association helps these families to access needed resources during their journey with the disease.

The Association released its annual Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, the definitive compilation of national statistics and information conveying the impact of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias on individuals, families, government and the nation's health care system. The 2017 edition included a special report on the next frontier of Alzheimer's research that focused on scientific advances and the use of biomarkers in improving how Alzheimer's is identified and diagnosed. 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 increased research funding to end the disease.

In response to the tireless efforts of the Alzheimer's Association, its dedicated advocates and the Alzheimer's Impact Movement (AIM), the Association's advocacy arm, Congress approved and the president signed into law a historic $400 million increase for Alzheimer's research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the federal fiscal year 2017 budget. This is the largest-ever increase for federal Alzheimer's research funding and represents a nearly threefold increase in federal funding in the last five years.

Enhancing Care and Support

The Association is instrumental in enhancing care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Through our commitment to reliable resources, support and information, we are available wherever and whenever we are needed 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.

In FY17, the Alzheimer’s Association provided high-quality care and support to 3.6 million individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease, with its award-winning website, alz.org, and free nationwide 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) acting as gateways to the organization’s robust network of resources. The Association achieved a 61 percent increase in interactions with its services, which include requests for information and referrals; care consultations; and participation in support groups, education programs and early-stage engagement. Based on surveys, constituents are highly satisfied with Association programs and services and would recommend them to others.

Accelerating Research

The Alzheimer's Association is the world's largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research and the nonprofit with the highest impact in Alzheimer's research worldwide, behind only the Chinese and United States governments as measured by Thomson Reuters InCites (formerly Web of Science). 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 aggressive pursuit of its vision of a world without Alzheimer’s, the Association made its largest-ever research investment in FY17, granting more than $28 million to nearly 130 scientific investigations. Since 1982, the Association has invested over $405 million in more than 2,600 scientific investigations. Currently, the Association is investing over $110 million in nearly 400 active best-of-field active projects in 18 countries.

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 by advancing research and enhancing the Association’s care and support efforts.

In FY17, individuals, families, companies and communities across the country contributed to total revenues of more than $332 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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