JDRF vs ADA – What are your thoughts?

First off, if I have anymore computer problems I am going to flip out and throw this thing out the window.  I was getting some sort of script errors and I don’t know what the heck was going on, so I was pretty much computer-less yesterday.  Anyway on a better note, I have my cup of coffee next to me, making Amanda some chocolate chip pancakes as I speak.  Today is going to be a long day, but what day isn’t anymore.  Long day at the office, long night of football, then the gym, then dinner, then work at home and maybe watch some football if I’m lucky.  I wanted to do this post yesterday, but obviously I couldn’t so here I go.  The JDRF vs ADA, what are your thoughts?  Here are mine (if you care)

I mentioned briefly the other day about how most people have their favorite charity or think that theirs is the best so they want the money for theirs because that cause is more important to them.  In my mind there are two large diabetes non-profits, obviously I am talking about the ADA and JDRF.  Everybody may have their own opinions on these 2 organizations, but overall they are good.  If I were able to only donate to one of them and not both, which I do at this time, this is how I break it down.

I see the ADA and JDRF having two different approaches.  ADA being about advocacy and JDRF being bout research.  So there are two different train of thoughts for me here.  I believe that the ADA is doing a decent job with advocacy in Washington.  Could they be doing better, of course!  So when I donate a dollar to them, I am donating a dollar thinking, “Ok, they aren’t going to help me find a cure, so they are going to help me live a better life with demanding certain rights and insurance priveledges for me”  It is almost as if it is accepted to not find a cure and just deal with the fact that you have diabetes, so let them fight for you and be your voice in Washington.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 24% of funds go to research and 23% goes towards advocacy, however, 21% goes to “fundraising.”  What exactly does that mean?  That $0.21 of my $1.00 goes towards creating a new fundraiser to gain another $1.00 from me?  So I have now donated $2.00 and only $0.48 cents has gone to research and $0.46 to advocacy, but meanwhile $0.42 cents goes to fundraising.  I am not arguing with where the money is being spent because like I said, I still donate to the ADA because I think the things they do are excellent, especially the amount of money they spend on information because the more information the better.  This is just the way my mind thinks of describing the two.

Next up, we have JDRF.  JDRF is my non-profit of choice.  If I had to choose any organization to give money to, it would be them.  The way that I view them is that they are here for one thing and only thing only, to find us a cure and get rid of this nasty thing we all live with.  They obviously dabble in advocacy as well, but their #1 goal is research and a cure, and so is mine.  I want to find something so any chances that my first, second born child will have diabetes will be eliminated.  According to JDRF, approximately 85% of every dollar spent is used towards research.  I’m all about doing it for the kids.

So when I compare the two I see that it only takes me $1.00 spent to get $0.85 worth of research with JDRF.  On the other hand it is going to take me $4.00 spent with ADA to get that same amount of research funded.  This is why I have come to view these two organizations in the way that I do.  I know there are skeptics out there that believe we will not have a cure so we may as well have somebody fighting for us to give us everything we possibly need.  And then there are positive thinkers that just know there will be a cure and do everything in their power to get to that cure, and that’s the boat I am in.  Not to say that one side is better then the other.  In fact, I also think that they should both work together a little closer.

For example, every year for the ADA walk their is a JDRF event the same morning.  Every year at the JDRF walk, there is an ADA event at the same time.  What are your thoughts, do you agree, disagree, am I just crazy?  I will continue to donate to both because I think they are both extremely important.  I know putting up ads and links on your blog is somewhat frowned upon in the dblog world, however if you have noticed that any ad that is on my site, I donate that money to JDRF.  I think this is a great way to easily donate funds to a non-profit of your choice.

Well, I must get going, like I said it is going to be a long day in this life of a diabetic.  So have a great day ya’ll

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6 thoughts on “JDRF vs ADA – What are your thoughts?

  1. I Agree. My first choice is the JDRF. I have had professional relationships with people from the ADA and found that they only want to fund raise and not find a cure. I am 47, Type 1 since 1974. I work many diabetic health fairs and see all the revenue and jobs that would be lost because of a cure for diabetes. If there was a cure, the stock market would crash..

    Diabetes is too profitable to end. Most people with Kidney failure or ESRD are diabetics. These centers make thousands per month per patient. What would happen to these centers if there was a cure? Not to mention the profitable meter companies and pump companies. Three years ago, a RN came to my home to train me on my new insulin pump. She was also a type 1 diabetic. I mentioned to her what would happen if there was a cure for diabetes? She became startled and told me, ” I hope not, I will be out of work”, and she is a type 1 diabetic!

    Because of this thinking, the ADA truly does not want to find a cure for diabetes.

  2. i think that i am trapped inside a bubble because i have diabetes.its like you have to watch what you eat, you have to take a shot with carbohydrates, ect. it just all gets to be to much for me, o an also i have big briuses in my arm that are painful!!!please save me!!!!:/

  3. Needed to know the simple differences of interest with these two groups. Your article and the replies answered my questions! Thanks so much I am a type 1 diabetic for over 50 years and I am just now finding out You think the “R” in JDRF would have given me a clue.

  4. Appreciating the time and energy you put into your site and in depth information you present. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed information. Excellent read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  5. As a mom of a newly diagnosed T1D 11 year old son, I feel so sad and dejected that this is just another subject people decide they need to argue about and get nasty about.
    My thought is that anyone with Any type of disease should stand together!

  6. Thank you for your comment. I agree that we all need to stand together. There will always be people that are unhappy, no matter how good a company is doing.

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