ASTHMA A ALLERGY FOUNDATION OF AMERICA NATIONAL

aka Kids With Food Allergies   |   Arlington, VA   |  www.aafa.org

Mission

AAFA is dedicated to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease for people with asthma and allergies through support, advocacy, education and research.

Ruling year info

1954

President and CEO

Kenneth Mendez

Main address

1235 S Clark St Suite 305

Arlington, VA 22202 USA

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EIN

13-1691693

NTEE code info

Allergy Related Diseases (G60)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

AAFA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with asthma and allergic diseases through education, advocacy and research.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family and Patient Services

FAMILY AND PATIENT SERVICES AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION. FAMILY AND PATIENT SERVICES - PREPARATION OF HEALTH ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS, DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, SPONSORING HEALTH EDUCATION SEMINARS, SUPPORT GROUPS, AND TRAINING SUPPORT GROUP LEADERS.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

A free online course for adults with asthma.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Caregivers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of affiliates speaking to government leaders about relevant policy issues

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Family and Patient Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hired staff director to lead advocacy efforts. Hosted Hill visits by Board members, community members, and staff.

Number of participants counseled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Family and Patient Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Over 250,000 people involved through Facebook and 46,000 people involved in our online community, accessing our education and resources.

Increase in number of persons participating in our online community to get education and support.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Family and Patient Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Over 250,000 people involved through Facebook and 46,000 people involved in our online community, accessing our education and resources.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Dramatically reduce the impact of asthma and allergies.
Grow the AAFA community.
Strengthen the AAFA team.

1.1. Expand unrestricted revenue.
1.2. Develop/retain secure (multi-year) revenue and identify/secure new streams.
1.3. Improve budgeting and forecasting systems.
1.4. Fine-tune expenses for operational/financial efficiency.

2.1. Increase employee morale and engagement.
2.2. Foster culture of continuous improvement.
2.3. Invest in training and development.
2.4. Better utilize board of directors and Medical Scientific Council.

3.1. Triple number of registered members on asthma/allergy online community.
3.2. Strengthen relationships with regional AAFA chapters and local affiliated support groups.
3.3. Increase diverse representation in AAFA's community.
3.4. Leverage technology to increase community registration conversations.
3.5. Increase engagement with registered community members.

4.1. Increase access to quality care for the underserved.
4.2. Strengthen policy development and advocacy capacity at AAFA to ensure the strongest possible representation of our community before their government officials.
4.3. Amplify patients' voice in research.
4.4. Prevent (reduce fatalities) through targeted preventive measures.

Education - AAFA offers many educational programs and tools, such as:

Programs for all ages
Programs for caregivers and healthcare providers
Printed materials and tools
Online resources
Newsletters and magazines
Resources and tools in Spanish
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Validation

Look for a ribbon next to some of our health education programs. This means the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has validated it as an effective educational tool.

National Health Council Standards of Excellence Certification - AAFA is certified by the National Health Council's Standards of Excellence Certification. This is given to reliable patient groups that practice high standards of accountability and ethics.

HONcode Certification - AAFA is certified by the Health on the Net Foundation. Websites receive HONcode certification for information that is ethical and trustworthy.

Advocacy - At AAFA, we want to be the voice for people with asthma and allergies. We work with the government to create laws that improve and protect quality of life. We support policies that include:

Clinical diagnosis, treatment and management
Outdoor and indoor air quality
Healthy settings in homes, schools and communities

Research - AAFA is the only patient group that awards research grants for the study of asthma and allergies. Our grants support research for:

Understanding the diseases
Developing better treatments
Finding cures
Advanced training
Social research
Support

Managing allergies and asthma can be tough on your own. We offer support through:

Regional chapters
Local AAFA support groups
Online communities, such as Kids With Food Allergies
Funding

AAFA is a not-for-profit charity. We are able to offer our services thanks to:

Donations
Fundraising
Sponsors
Public education programs

We have accomplished many achievements in expanding research, advocacy and education to make more people aware of asthma and allergies in an effort to help those with it, their families, care givers and medical professionals. Our community has grown across all of our social platforms, and so has the engagement. We have raised awareness of healthcare disparities and are bringing a new focus on health equity into our next strategic plan.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ASTHMA A ALLERGY FOUNDATION OF AMERICA NATIONAL

Board of directors
as of 9/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Richard Murray

Spire Health

Heidi Bayer

James Flood

Victoria Matese

Dennis Cryer

Mary Ellen Conley

Phyllis Arthur

Mitchell Grayson

Colette Martin

Chris Ward

Calvin Anderson

Prue Fitzpatrick

Richard Murray

Ritesh Patel

Lawrence Schwartz

Lynn Hanessian

Ranuka Brown

Margaret Anderson

Katherine Lai

Prue Fitzpatrick

Sarbjit Saini

Jodi Daniel

Beth Corn

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/24/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Sexual orientation
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Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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