The Diabetes Organization of Choice
The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) is the organization of choice for those who are serious, passionate and committed to curing diabetes. Its mission – to provide the Diabetes Research Institute with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now – is a testament to the belief that tomorrow is not soon enough to cure those living with diabetes.
The Diabetes Research Institute has become the world leader it is today through the substantial funding provided by the Foundation. Supported by private philanthropy, the DRIF ensures the jumpstarting of new ideas and the continuation of innovative research projects that remain cure-focused and will ultimately benefit those with diabetes.
The DRIF’s history of commitment dates back to 1971 when it was founded by a small group of parents of children with diabetes who were dedicated to finding a cure. Driven by a shared mission, they banded together to support a promising research program at the University of Miami solely aimed at curing those living with diabetes.
A Special Partnership
In an unprecedented partnership that continues today, the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) joined with the Foundation’s leadership to help fulfill its mission to cure diabetes. The DRIF’s largest contributor, the BCTD committed to funding – and building – the Diabetes Research Institute facility. The unions have raised tens of millions of dollars for the DRI and today, under the banner of Blueprint for Cure, thousands of union members undertake fundraising projects nationwide to provide ongoing support.
The DRI Foundation is recognized as one of the world’s most respected diabetes organizations. Garnering the attention of influential people who are personally affected by diabetes, the Foundation has grown into an international coalition of business leaders, celebrities, scientists, clinicians, families and other concerned individuals who have elevated the importance of cure-focused research and provided meaningful support for the DRI’s multidisciplinary research program. This funding is provided through individual and corporate donations, special events, sponsorships, cause marketing relationships and planned giving, which allows donors to provide a gift in the form of a will, trust or other deferred giving vehicle.
In an effort to increase awareness about the latest advances toward a cure, the Foundation conducts a wide variety of activities both online and offline, hosts research updatesand workshops for people with diabetes and their families, and produces DRI tv, numerous printed publications and e-communications to make this information accessible to people nationally and internationally.
A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the DRI Foundation has thousands of supporters in the United States and worldwide, and, in addition to its headquarters in Florida, operates regional development offices in New York, Long Island and Washington, D.C.
The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation was created for one reason – to cure diabetes – which is and will continue to be its singular focus until that goal is reached. For the millions of individuals and families affected by diabetes, the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is the best hope for a cure.