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)


Please note this correction to financial information that appears on the GuideStar website:

Guidestar: Gross Receipts of $5,573,678
GAI correct: Gross Receipts of $ 684,652 (almost exclusively investment income, not including investment related fees/expenses), or net receipts, investment income, of $ 546,617.

Guidestar posts certain financial information, which it obtains from the IRS Exempt Organizations Business Master File. The correct numbers above are derived from our 2019 990PF. The numbers in error were never correct for GAI for any tax year.

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