Today we are excited to announce the creation of the JDRF – Beyond Type 1 Alliance . This innovative partnership, built alongside JDRF, is designed to amplify each of our organization’s strengths, and to provide greater support for those impacted by type 1 diabetes.
The JDRF – Beyond Type 1 Alliance combines the power of JDRF, the leading global organization funding T1D research, and Beyond Type 1, the organization with the largest online community of any diabetes nonprofit. The newly formed Alliance will better serve and educate the T1D community, including the 1.25 million Americans living with the disease, by working collaboratively to leverage the unique resources, skills, and expertise of each organization.
A core goal of the Alliance will be to create and deliver resources that mirror the cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of the T1D community — with a key focus on adults impacted by the disease.
The Alliance will center around three core pillars: Community Programs, Advocacy, and Communications + Education. Together, JDRF and Beyond Type 1 will promote Alliance community programs, such as events and peer support, to offer more opportunities to the T1D community. By aligning on advocacy, the Alliance will create a powerful and united voice to influence public policy. The Communications + Education pillar will develop digital storytelling about Type 1 diabetes research that is engaging and informative.
“Beyond Type 1 is doing exceptional work for the T1D community,” said Aaron J. Kowalski, Ph.D., JDRF President and CEO. “At JDRF, as we unlock science to pursue cures for T1D, we also want to embrace opportunities to collaborate with those who share our vision. We are different organizations, but we all are here for the same reason: To cure this disease and improve the lives of those living with T1D today. Working together, we aim to get there faster.”
“Collaboration is often just a buzzword. Today, this joining of forces is both a meaningful and powerful advance for the T1D community as two leading organizations forge a true partnership that plays to their respective strengths and increases their ability to focus on what each does best,” said David Panzirer, a Trustee at the Helmsley Charitable Trust. “This is a huge win for people with T1D as it will reduce duplicate efforts and allow both organizations to grow stronger, be more efficient, and more effectively serve the T1D community.”
“JDRF and Beyond Type 1 both work tirelessly to serve the T1D community, and each brings complementary strengths to this partnership. Through the Alliance, we will work together to create better education, easy connections to resources and programs, and a louder, more powerful voice in advocacy,” said Beyond Type 1 CEO Thom Scher. “The Alliance enables us to drive impact around shared vision while still allowing each organization to excel in its own unique areas of focus. We are honored to be working with JDRF, and excited for all of the ways the Alliance will benefit the T1D community.”