On Tuesday, the largest advocacy organizations for people with type 1 diabetes announced they will work closely together to amplify their dual missions.
In a press release, JDRF and Beyond Type 1 announced the creation of the JDRF – Beyond Type 1 Alliance, with a goal of creating and delivering “resources that mirror the cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of the T1D community,” according to a press release. The alliance, which will focus particularly on providing enhanced support for adults with type 1 diabetes, will build on the various strengths in communication, digital presence, research, and education of the two organizations to support the type 1 diabetes community.
JDRF, founded in 1970, was the first large-scale advocacy organization for people with type 1 diabetes. Known originally as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the organization focused initially on raising funds for cure research and support. In more recent years, JDRF has broadened its mission to support increased advocacy and important research focused on improving daily life with type 1 diabetes. It has become a preeminent advocacy organization for issues related to type 1 diabetes, and its events are a fixture for the type 1 diabetes community, especially for families of children recently diagnosed with the condition.
Beyond Type 1 was founded more recently in 2015, but rapidly has grown to become a cornerstone of the type 1 diabetes community. Founded in part by Nick Jonas and others, the organization quickly established a large-scale digital presence that has appealed especially to young adults with type 1 diabetes. Recently, the organization has branched out to include events and direct advocacy to benefit the type 1 diabetes community.
Inevitably, the focus and efforts of the two organizations have overlapped in recent years. The Alliance offers the chance to streamline and strengthen the two organization’s efforts, said David Panzirer, a Trustee at the Helmsley Charitable Trust, which provides support to type 1 diabetes organizations.
“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 Panzirer in the press release. “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.”
Rebecca Parkes, Interim Chief Operating Officer and Chief Advancement Officer for T1D Exchange, said that the alliance between the two organizations will open up new possibilities for research, collaboration, and support that will benefit the type 1 diabetes community. T1D Exchange offers its congratulations, she said, and stands ready to assist in the Alliance’s success.
“We are thrilled with the news of the JDRF – Beyond Type 1 Alliance, and we look forward to working with both organizations to make this collaboration a force multiplier that will improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes,” Parkes said.
To read the full announcement of the JDRF – Beyond Type 1 Alliance, click here.