Help make a difference in the lives of those with autoimmune disease.
Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system attacks the body’s own healthy cells. There are over 80 known autoimmune diseases and counting, affecting more than 14 million Americans.
Find national and international organizations focused on specific autoimmune diseases, from alopecia areata to vitiligo.
Information, health-related articles, and resources to help you navigate living well with autoimmune disease.
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Managing Mental Health with Autoimmune Disease
Living with chronic illness takes a toll emotionally and socially. How can we take care of our mental health?
Browse our resource lists and information via the links below.
Find Medical Institutions Focused on Your Autoimmune Disease
An extensive list of centers, clinics, and hospitals across the United States that specialize in diagnosing and treating various autoimmune diseases.
We support autoimmune disease education and research by funding grants for scientific investigations, holding live talks with experts, and partnering with the Celiac Disease Program to create educational resources.
Comprehensive Educational Resources for Those Living with Celiac Disease
Our celiac-focused resources are a product of GAI’s partnership with the Celiac Disease Program at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. Visit our Celiac Education page to find information on Gluten Free Education Day, expert celiac talks, podcasts, a gluten-free diet app, and cooking and nutrition videos.
Join Us for Our Next Autoimmune Support Group, July 31st, 10-11:30am PT
Our aim is to help each other live well and feel heard, while not letting disease define us. We encourage members to come as they are, with an open mind and the willingness to nurture a positive atmosphere.
The Global Autoimmune Institute is empowering solutions in the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune disease (AD) through research, education, and community, while supporting multidisciplinary approaches to wellness.
GAI Featured in Nature Outlook, July Issue
Learn more about the Global Autoimmune Institute as we explain our work, autoimmune risk factors, and research advances in our Nature sponsor feature!
Home » Financials
The Global Autoimmune Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We post our audited financial statements and 990-PFs to the site as they become available. Our Board of Directors includes: Sandra Boek Werness, Executive Director; Alfreda Jones, M.D., Treasurer; Susan Gerber, Secretary; and Dorothy Weinstein, Member.
GAI’s assets are comprised of investments including real estate, and will receive contributions from individuals and corporations. The primary role of GAI as it relates to the donations and investments is to prudently manage the assets and to achieve the Institute’s funding goals for its programming, partnerships, and grants.
Our Mission and What We Do
At the Global Autoimmune Institute, we are committed to improving diagnosis and physician/patient relationships, while supporting multidisciplinary approaches to wellness throughout our global autoimmune community.
We focus on the common but often overlooked co-existence of multiple autoimmune diseases and neurological disorders, and on the needs of patients for validation, proper diagnoses, and psychological support. Due to the Executive Director’s life-changing experience of having a child with long undiagnosed celiac disease and coexisting disorders, Sandy joined the Advisory Board of the Celiac Group of the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. in 2012. She contributed her energy and ideas, finding a shared passion and aligned goals.
When Sandy joined GAI in 2013, she and the Board determined that the organization should take a new direction and began formulating its mission, taking the steps necessary to move forward. In 2015, GAI joined in partnership with the Celiac Group on several fronts, which has resulted in the development of innovative educational programs and materials for medical professionals as well as patients and families living with celiac disease, co-existing autoimmune diseases, and neurological disorders. A multidisciplinary clinic for Children’s National Medical Center and referred celiac disease patients was established. These and other initiatives place CNMC as a national leader in diagnosis, treatment, and education in celiac disease.
GAI has also embarked on other initiatives, as it continues to expand its horizons to advance important collaboration among and investigations by top experts in emerging and established areas in autoimmune disease. GAI promotes leadership and a global cooperative perspective on the part of these experts. GAI’s overall goal is to help discover the causes, the mechanisms, the variables, the effective treatments in autoimmune disease, and to support and educate the patients and their families who suffer from these chronic conditions.
Global Autoimmune Institute Downloadable Financial Documents
TY 2019 990PF (PDF, 757 KB, 26 pages)
TY 2018 990PF (PDF, 789 KB, 46 pages)
TY 2017 990PF Amended (PDF, 8.9 MB, 23 pages)
TY 2016 990PF Amended (PDF, 8.1 MB, 21 pages)
TY 2015 990 – (in earlier name, IGU) (PDF, 13.6 MB, 39 pages)
Private Foundation Tax Exempt Status (PDF)
DC Authority Certificate of Good Standing established as DC nonprofit
DC Certificate of Clean Hands (formerly Certificate of Good Standing)