What We Do

Our goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure.

The Arthritis Foundation is the largest and most trusted nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the needs and challenges of those living with arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. Since 1948, the Foundation has remained committed to leading groundbreaking research for better treatments and a cure; fighting for patients’ access to affordable and effective health care; and providing trusted information and resources to the more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children living with the disease.

We’re leading the way in

ACCESS AND ADVOCACY | On Capitol Hill and Beyond

People with arthritis face unique barriers to care: high costs of treatment, difficulty accessing medications, scarcity of specialists and more. It’s hard for any individual to fight the battle alone. But through the Arthritis Foundation’s effective and committed advocacy network, we’re working to address key issues on both the state and federal levels with lawmakers, insurers and regulators. We’re helping ease your burdens so you can reach your goals.

SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY | For Better Treatments and a Cure

Science holds the key to finding better treatments and one day a cure for the more than 50 million Americans with arthritis and related diseases. On their behalf, the Arthritis Foundation continues to lead and fund cutting-edge scientific investigation to discover more about arthritis – what causes it, what affects it, what can stop it – and what can keep it from developing in the first place. Our new scientific strategy will lead to a faster cure by strengthening the research pipeline and engaging creative minds.

HELP AND SUPPORT | When and Where You Need It

At the Arthritis Foundation, we’re expanding our reach to assist even more people with arthritis. We offer trusted information, powerful health tracking tools and ways to connect with others. We’re working with health care providers and other partners to strengthen our educational and interactive offerings. We’re also building a state-of-the-art digital enterprise so you can customize your online experience, find local resources and live better than ever.

JUVENILE ARTHRITIS | Our Unwavering Promise to Families

The needs of families living with juvenile arthritis (JA) are unique and urgent. In the United States, 300,000 children have JA. Multiply that by their parents, siblings, extended family and others, and the number of people affected is astronomical. For almost seven decades, the Arthritis Foundation has upheld our unwavering promise to assist them and their caregivers. We’re boldly leading the JA fight, ensuring easy access to life-changing resources, community and care.

COMMUNITY AND CONNECTIONS | Making a Difference

When you join the movement, you become part of the answer. Our social media communities and fundraising events allow you to form meaningful connections and find ways to give back – getting the support you need while supporting others.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

PARTICIPATE

Register and raise funds for your nearest annual Walk to Cure Arthritis or Jingle Bell Run/Walk event.

ADVOCATE

Sign up to be an Arthritis Foundation E-Advocate and let your voice be heard.

VOLUNTEER

Find your closest Arthritis Foundation office and get involved.

JOIN

Get numerous benefits by becoming a member of the Arthritis Foundation, including a one-year subscription to our award-winning Arthritis Today magazine and our annual Drug Guide.

DONATE

For every dollar donated to the Arthritis Foundation, 77 cents goes to fund arthritis research and interventions. The Arthritis Foundation meets the strict qualifications of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, ensuring that your tax-deductible gift is spent in ways that make the greatest difference in the lives of people with arthritis. Donate Now.