2015 Annual Meeting “The Power of Yes” Highlights and Resources

This past year marked an important time in the Arthritis Foundation’s rich history, building upon our Annual Plan with focused efforts around our four pillars: Scientific Discovery, Advocacy & Access, Juvenile Arthritis and Help & Support. The Annual Meeting was an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments, salute the dedicated volunteer and staff leaders who made it happen and share our vision for the future.  Looking forward at our goals for 2016, we’re excited about the impact we can make, together, for people with arthritis.

2015 Annual Meeting resources can be found below.

Plenary Sessions

Opening Session:  The Power of Yes 

Mission Impact: Jason Saul

Scientific Discovery: Paving a Path Toward Progress


Engaging Volunteers

Telling Your Story: Everyone has a story. Learning to share it is essential to engaging new volunteers. 

Growing the Base: Chairs from established to emerging boards and event committees talk about successes in connecting new volunteers to the Arthritis Foundation. 

Maximizing Effectiveness: Practical examples and ideas for developing new leaders and energizing your base. 

Generating Dollars

Why are GREAT events GREAT? Showcase best-in-class Walk to Cure Arthritis, Jingle Bell Run and gala events. 

What Companies Really Want: Hear from corporate partners about the value the Arthritis Foundation offers to their business.

Driving Fundraising through Mission: See how these complement each other and actually help further one another.

Changing Lives though our Mission

Telling Our Story To Advance Public Policy (Advocacy): Local Advocates are boldly creating change and overcoming barriers for people with arthritis.

Serving JA Families (Juvenile Arthritis): Building meaningful connections and support networks with JA families in your community.   

Meeting the Needs of People with Arthritis (Help & Support): Learn about tools and resources that are making a difference and enabling personalized plans to wellness.

Annual Meeting 2015 Videos

Watch a series of video vignettes and presentations created for and from our 2015 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. This year, we've created several videos highlighting stand-out Champions of Yes, who serve as an inspiration to the arthritis community!

Social Media Buzz

Annual Meeting attendees joined in the conversation by using the hashtag #YES2016 to pledge their support and commitments to further the Arthritis Foundation’s mission. 

Read the posts!

Save the Date

The 2016 Annual Meeting will be held on November 3-4 in Denver, Colorado.