Leading Thyroid Disease Charities and Organizations

Support these non-profit groups advocating for thyroid disease

Whether it's you or someone you love facing a chronic health challenge, one of the best ways to give back is to support the non-profit organizations that serve as advocates for the condition. Giving back can include financial support, sharing links online, helping direct others to materials, attending educational and fundraising events, and volunteering, among other activities.

We have put together a list of some of the best non-profit organizations that advocate on behalf of thyroid disease and the thyroid patient community. Learn more about these groups and please consider giving them your support.

American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association

The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) focuses its efforts on creating awareness, promoting research, and advocating for autoimmune diseases, including the most common autoimmune condition, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. 

AARDA produces educational materials and a newsletter, puts on a variety of awareness, educational, and fundraising events, funds important autoimmune research, and has created a number of patient-oriented apps available to the community.

You can donate to AARDA in a number of ways, including:

Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association

Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association (ThyCa) supports thyroid cancer patients, caregivers, and practitioners with information, outreach, an annual patient conference, web materials (including their free Low-Iodine Cookbook), research funding, and a number of other advocacy and educational efforts.

There are a number of ways to donate to ThyCa, including:

The Kelly G. Ripken Program at Johns Hopkins

Kelly Ripken is the wife of former Baltimore Oriole infielder Cal Ripken. Kelly had Graves’ disease and created her non-profit program to help make educational pamphlets and materials and free thyroid tests available in Baltimore. The Kelly G. Ripken Program also has a thyroid library that makes books available to the public. You can support the program with a donation.

The Light of Life Foundation

The Light of Life Foundation provides thyroid cancer patients with medical information and support, including educational seminars and sponsorship of a medical fellowship in thyroid cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

It also produces radio, online, and print outreach campaigns and articles featuring celebrities, such as Rod Stewart, Cindy Crawford, and Brooke Shields. You can donate to the Light of Life Foundation online.

ThyroidChange

ThyroidChange is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving thyroid care worldwide. The group involves a network of patients and medical professionals and their resources include a comprehensive website, educational materials, and advocacy outreach. You can donate to the organization both online and by mail.

American Thyroid Association

The American Thyroid Association (ATA) is an organization comprised of health professionals that features public and practitioner education and training programs and events, research, and outreach and advocacy. You can donate in several ways:

  • Online
  • By mail/fax using their printable form
  • Via the Combined Federal Campaign (ATA’s number is 12088)

Graves’ Disease and Thyroid Foundation

The Graves' Disease and Thyroid Foundation provides education and support for patients, family members, caregivers, friends, and healthcare professionals. Their advocacy activities include a network of Graves' disease support groups, patient education seminars, research studies, a conference, and a physician registry. To lend your support, you can donate online

The Magic Foundation

The Magic Foundation is a non-profit group dedicated to supporting families of children afflicted with a wide variety of chronic and/or critical disorders, syndromes, and diseases that affect a child's growth, including congenital hypothyroidism.

Their advocacy efforts include quarterly newsletters, informational guides, assistance with insurance denials, networking and parenting groups, and educational programs. To support their efforts, you can donate:

  • Online 
  • By mail
  • By phone
  • Through the Amazon Smile program

A Word From Verywell

Your charitable support can go a long way towards helping improve thyroid awareness and increasing scientific knowledge of thyroid disease. If you want to know specifically how much of your donation goes to supporting your thyroid cause—and how much goes to administration—you can check out several helpful websites, such as Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and the Charities Review Council.

Also, remember to check with your employer about workplace giving or matched donation programs to make your donation even more valuable to the organization. And don't forget that your donation may be tax-deductible.

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