Alzheimer’s Research Foundation: A 501c (3) Non-Profit Charity
Our goal is simple. To accomplish it, we’ve looked to a few of the world’s most philanthropic leaders — Bill and Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffett — to follow their best practices. These are:
- Set Big, Measurable Goals
- Jointly Determine Milestones for Achievement
- Hold Partners Accountable
- Measure Progress to Stay on Track
Set Big Goals.
There are many other non-profit organizations funding various aspects related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias such as prevention, caregiver support, drug treatments, and education. We, on the other hand, have one single goal and that is to eradicate Alzheimer’s disease by finding a cure. That’s it.
For every grant we make to other organizations, research towards finding the root causes and a cure for Alzheimer’s is our single purpose. By focusing on just one goal, everything we and our partners do must make progress towards reaching that goal.
Jointly Determine Milestones for Achievement.
In partnership with our grantees, we share information to advance our goal. We seek to understand whether joint efforts have resulted in positive change for those affected by Alzheimer’s-whether a patient, caregiver, or friend/ family member-and develop ever higher milestones to continue advancing our primary goal. And, we encourage information sharing for any other partners to keep the focus on reaching our goal to find a cure.
Hold Partners Accountable.
By measuring inputs, activities, and outputs of our own work and that of our partner organizations, we hold ourselves and our partners accountable for finding a cure for Alzheimer’s. We push-hard-to make sure we’re all doing the best we can to make progress every day.
We use formal evaluations to collect evidence that progress is being made. We help guide our investments towards research with the most potential for a cure. And we make adjustments to programs with less than satisfactory results.
Measure Progress to Stay on Track.
We seek continuous improvement by measuring, learning, and adjusting processes along the way. In collecting data and then analyzing it, we take the first critical steps toward informed action and good decision making.
One day we will find a cure and therefore no longer be necessary. Until that day, we will do everything we can to raise funds and provide them to those dedicated to the necessary research to find a cure.