Common questions

What does JDRF do?

What does JDRF do?

At JDRF, we’re leading the fight against type 1 diabetes (T1D) by funding research, advocating for government backing and expanded access to treatment, and providing a support network for millions of people around the world impacted by T1D.

How far is the JDRF walk?

1.6 million miles
Together, we will walk 1.6 million miles in support of the 1.6 million Americans living with T1D and raise $50M in honor of JDRF’s 50th Anniversary. Join walkers from all over the country for an unforgettable nation-wide effort that unites us no matter where we are.

How much of my donation goes to JDRF?

Donor contributions provided nearly 100 percent of JDRF income: 62% was raised through fundraising events. 31% was raised through direct donor contributions. 4% was raised from international affiliate contributions.

What is JDRF T1D?

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. T1D seems to have a genetic component and can be diagnosed early in life but also in adulthood. Its causes are not fully known, and there is currently no cure.

What causes diabetes in the body?

Diabetes is a chronic condition associated with abnormally high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Insulin produced by the pancreas lowers blood glucose. Absence or insufficient production of insulin, or an inability of the body to properly use insulin causes diabetes.

How can I help JDRF?


  1. Find a Fundraiser. Search for a team or fundraising participant to support with a gift.
  2. Leadership Giving.
  3. Tribute Donation.
  4. Memorial Donation.
  5. Planned Giving.
  6. JDRF Store.
  7. Shop and Give Back.
  8. Stock Donation.

Is diabetes a disease?

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy.

How do you develop type 1 diabetes?

The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown. Usually, the body’s own immune system — which normally fights harmful bacteria and viruses — mistakenly destroys the insulin-producing (islet, or islets of Langerhans) cells in the pancreas. Other possible causes include: Genetics.

What is the best diabetes charity to donate to?

Best Diabetes Nonprofits of the Year

  • Children’s Diabetes Foundation.
  • The diaTribe Foundation.
  • DiabetesSisters.
  • Diabetes Hands Foundation.
  • JDRF.
  • The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRI)
  • American Diabetes Association.
  • Joslin Diabetes Center.

Is JDRF a good organization to donate to?

Star Rating System This charity’s score is 83.03, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can “Give with Confidence” to this charity.

At what age can type 1 diabetes be diagnosed?

The peak age for being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is around 13 or 14 years, but people can be diagnosed when they’re much younger (including babies) and older (even over 40).