MISSION AND FACTS

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Mission
To cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

The Need
Drastically affecting the lives of patients and their families, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two painful, unpredictable lifelong digestive diseases that currently have no medical cure.

ADVOCATING FOR THE FUTURE The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is the leading organization advocating for all those suffering from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The Foundation supports policies that ensure patients can access the treatments and services they need and keep treatment decisions between the patient and their medical professional. Through our efforts, the United States Congress has declared the first week of December as national Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week and in 2016, the state of Colorado issued an official proclamation during this week. We have 76 active members of Congress in the Crohn’s and Colitis Caucus, established to engage legislators on Capitol Hill around issues concerning IBD patients for a better quality of life.


A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE AT CAMP Camp Oasis is a life changing experience for all those involved. A typical day includes activities such as swimming, art, and team sports and evening activities such as campfire, dance, movie night or a scavenger hunt. At Camp Oasis, we want the kids to focus on having fun, so we provide comfortable enclosed cabins that are equipped with sanitary bathroom and shower facilities. We also ensure there are bathrooms located throughout camp for easy access all day, and provide IBD-friendly meal and snack options.


THE NEED IS CRITICAL Over 1.6 million Americans suffer from IBD and other digestive diseases. That’s more than 1 in every 200 Americans. The majority of patients are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 35, though 10-15% of all cases are youth under the age of 18. Children represent the fastest growing patient population. These diseases are chronic, debilitating, and often require lifelong commitment to medications. There are many long-term complications due to the chronic nature of the illnesses and the effects of the disease vary by individual.


YOUR DONATION IS A GREAT INVESTMENT We rely on the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations to support our mission. More than 80 cents of every dollar the Foundation invests goes to research, education, and support services. The Foundation meets the standards of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, received an “A” rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy and received a top rating on Charity Navigator.