Archived Annual Reports
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.
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.