Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

International FOP Association, Inc.


North Kansas City, MO


Fund research to find a cure for Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva while supporting individuals and their families through education, public awareness and advocacy.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Michelle Davis

Main Address

1520 Clay Street Suite H2

North Kansas City, MO 64116 USA


malformed toes, genetic, Patient support, research, IFOPA, FOP, Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva,





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Specifically Named Diseases (G80)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Our goal is to find a cure for Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva.

Our strategy is to fund FOP research through continuous grassroots fundraising. With an extremely small patient community, we lack the means to mount high profile national campaigns, and instead rely primarily on local fundraising and donations from families and friends. We also work closely with international FOP communities to promote awareness and encourage international research efforts. We provide advice and support for patients and their families.

IFOPA employs an efficient and effective staff headquartered in Orlando, Florida. Governance is provided by an elected volunteer board of directors of nine to 15 members drawn from the USA and abroad. IFOPA provides a comprehensive website in more than 10 languages that includes a wide range of information regarding FOP research, disease treatments and family support. IFOPA provides an extensive Wikipedia article detailing the history of the association, our fundraising activities, and a variety of other information resources. Our Research Committee works closely with the FOP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania and with international research groups to coordinate research activities and support.

Given our strong focus on fund-raising, total donations received are our primary indicator. In recent years, annual donations have been in the range of $1,000,000+. IFOPA is recognized as the primary research supporter of the FOP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania.

In its 28 year existence, IFOPA has donated over $18 million to FOP research, and currently donates approximately $500,000 annually. Net surpluses (funds remaining after expenses) are invested to establish long-term association stability and funding future drug trials. Net assets at the end of 2015 were approximately $4.2 million. There are currently two separate clinical trials underway by Clementia Pharmaceuticals and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

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International FOP Association, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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