Becoming a Platinum Ambassador

Platinum Ambassadors are an elite group of Ambassadors who go above and beyond the call of duty by accomplishing a challenging list of ten ambassador assignments along with six bonus activities, all while raising at minimum $1,000 to support the Foundation’s mission to conquer and cure arthritis. If you are interested in becoming a Platinum Ambassador, please be sure to download a copy of the bonus activities for your careful review and report them in our Ambassador Reporting Center. 

If you are interested in becoming a Platinum Ambassador, please be sure to download a copy of the bonus activities for your careful review and report them in our Ambassador Reporting Center

Recognizing Excellence in 2019

The Arthritis Foundation was pleased to honor 70 individuals with the Platinum Ambassador Award for 2018.  Our record breaking 2018 Platinum Ambassadors hail from across the United States, representing nearly 30 states as the Champions of legislative priorities important to people with arthritis.   

2018 Platinum Ambassadors

Platinum Ambassador Bonus Activities

Don’t forget, you can always create your own bonus activity! Please contact Julie Eller ([email protected]) for activities not listed here that may count toward a bonus activity. All activities must be Arthritis Foundation advocacy related.

Building Block Bonus Activities

  • Separate from an assigned activity, meet with your state or federal representative or staff in your hometown and share with them at least one of the Arthritis Foundation’s state or national advocacy priorities outside any scheduled Ambassador activities.
  • Outside any scheduled Ambassador activities, attend a Town Hall or Tele-Town Hall meeting with a state or federally elected official and ask a question about an national or state advocacy priority.
  • Appear in a local or online newspaper for your efforts raising awareness about Arthritis Foundation advocacy.
  • Organize a visit with an elected official and an area rheumatologist in their clinic to discuss Arthritis Foundation advocacy.
  • Create a blog about being an Ambassador and blog about state and federal issues and discuss the Ambassador program in general.
  • Recruit 50 Advocates outside of an Arthritis Foundation event.
  • Create a twitter account and follow your state and federal legislators; post at least 20 tweets about being an Ambassador over the course of the year. 
  • Successfully persuade a state, federally elected official or mayor to attend an Arthritis Foundation event.
  • Choose your own! Please contact Julie Eller ([email protected]) for activities not listed here that may count toward a bonus activity. All activities must be Arthritis Foundation advocacy related.

Leadership Bonus Activities

  • Serve as a State Advocacy Chair
  • Serve on a State Advocacy Committee
  • Serve as a Connect Facilitator or Connect Leader on the Leadership Board
  • Serve on the Patient Leadership Council
  • Serve as an advocacy moderator in the Live Yes! Online Community
  • Serve as a patient grant reviewer to a state or federal health agency or committee such as the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute or Department of Defense

Public Speaking Bonus Activities

  • Accept an invitation, should it be made, to present at a congressional or state briefing, hearing, or with a state or federal agency or legislature.
  • Accept an invitation, should it be made, to present an advocacy related presentation at an Arthritis Foundation event.
  • Speak with a local community group about Arthritis Foundation advocacy.
  • Speak as a subject matter expert on Advocacy at a local Connect Event with the Live Yes Arthritis Network.

Arthritis Foundation Event Bonus Activities

  • Volunteer with the Advocacy programming at the JA Conference
  • Volunteer with the Advocacy programming at the Conference of Champions
  • Volunteer in the coordination & training at a state legislative day or local advocacy training
  • Attend a State Legislative Day and meet with your state elected official
  • Successfully persuade a state, federally elected official or mayor to attend an Arthritis Foundation event

Fundraising Bonus Activities

  • Lead a Walk to Cure Arthritis or Jingle Bell Run team that raises at least $1,000. You may participate virtually in the Walk to Cure Arthritis or Jingle Bell Run nearest you, should one not be within driving distance. The $1,000 fundraising goal is in addition to the $1000 to be a Platinum Ambassador.
  • Recruit your full Walk to Cure Arthritis Team to sign up as an Advocate for Arthritis
  • Serve as the Advocacy Chair for an Arthritis Foundation event. This includes, but is not limited to, Walk to Cure Arthritis, Jingle Bell Run, Bone Bash, Galas.
Advocate for What's Right

As an Arthritis Advocate, you’ll feel good about taking action to make health care more accessible. Help shift the policy and public perception that affects those living with arthritis.

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    Join us and become a Champion of Yes. There are many volunteer opportunities available.

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    Take part to be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis.

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    Proud Partners of the Arthritis Foundation make an annual commitment to directly support the Foundation’s mission.

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Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life. Whether it is supporting cutting-edge research, 24/7 access to one-on-one support, resources and tools for daily living, and more, your gift will be life-changing.

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Help millions of people live with less pain and fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devastating disease. Please, make your urgently-needed donation to the Arthritis Foundation now!

Become a Member

Become an Arthritis Foundation member today for just $20. You'll receive a year's worth of Arthritis Today magazine, access to helpful tools, resources, and more.

Make a Honor or Memorial Gift

Honor a loved one with a meaningful donation to the Arthritis Foundation. We'll send a handwritten card to the honoree or their family notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.


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Live Yes! INSIGHTS


Give Just 10 Minutes.

Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.

Trailblazer

Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000

Visionary

Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.

Pioneer

Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.

Pacesetter

Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.

Signature

Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.

Supporting

Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.