Archived Annual Reports
2012 Faces of Arthritis
When we think of “faces of arthritis,” the first thing that comes to mind are the diverse faces of people who live with the disease. You already know that arthritis does not discriminate by age, color, gender, socioeconomic class or any other dividing line. But that’s only part of the story. There are also faces of arthritis research. Of policy and advocacy. The faces of public health and consumer outreach. All of these are the faces of arthritis — and in order for us to succeed in our mission to find new, more effective treatments and ultimately a cure for this disease in all its many forms, we must think of them together.
2011 Voices of Arthritis
The Voices of Arthritis. That's what the Arthritis Foundation is about. We are the organization that represents people in this country who live with arthritis every day. Arthritis has hundreds of millions of voices. Fifty million people have the disease, and it also affects their families and friends. Throughout the pages of this report, we hope you'll identify with some of them.
These voices represent the myriad stories of arthritis — whether expressed through speech or thoughtful action. As you read these stories, we hope you will agree that thanks to the support of people like you, better outcomes for people with this disease are within our reach. Your continued support will help us achieve them.
2010 was a transformative year for the Arthritis Foundation, thanks to new initiatives to improve our power to communicate, advocate and conduct research to fight the devastating effects of arthritis. It was the year we crafted a new strategic plan, which promises to transform how society perceives and responds to arthritis, as well as reduce physical activity limitations by 20 percent over the next 20 years. We are prepared to achieve this goal through the many contributions of committed doctors, scientists, advocates, donors and other supporters.
As you read this year's report, we hope you will notice the phrase "arthritis is unacceptable" in several places. Not only does 13-year-old Zach Jamison say it, but the facts and figures surrounding health disparities among minorities also speak loud and clear. Because the fallacy that arthritis is "only an inconvenience" is so widespread, assertively conveying that "arthritis is unacceptable" rises to the top of our strategic plan.
Arthritis is serious. It is debilitating. It is painful. That's why the Arthritis Foundation exists.
2009 Moving Together. Moving Beyond.
In 2009, the Arthritis Foundation showed that moving together, we move beyond barriers once assumed unbreakable. We move beyond disability and pain, because movement is the key to improvement.
We move beyond mistaken perceptions, dispelling myths and arming people with the information they need to change their own lives and the lives of others. We move beyond the expectation of limits, always looking for new goals and ways to achieve them. Equally important, we move beyond what we thought was impossible yesterday, and even beyond what is already possible today.
Read the full 2009 Annual Report.