We couldn’t let 2011 come to an end without sending a big “thank you!” to our corporate sponsors. Because of their generous support and participation, we are able to enhance many of our programs, extend the reach of our messaging and make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. We at the Association are thankful for their dedication to our ultimate goal: to Stop Diabetes®.
As Vice President of Corporate Alliances, I am proud of the accomplishments and relationships my team has cultivated in 2011. I wish we had the space here to list every corporate sponsor and the impact they’ve help us make, but instead I’ll simply share a few of the highlights from the past year.
- The Walmart Foundation provided a $1 million grant in support of our new Living with Type 2 Diabetes program, which launched in April 2011. Additional funds were provided by Splenda, Boehringer Ingelheim, Eli Lilly & Company, BrightSky and Kraft Foods. Many of the supporters not only provided funding for this effort, but also utilized their own distribution channels to expand its reach.
- We launched a new online Volunteer Center, the development and implementation of which was funded by the McKesson Foundation.
- We officially launched Dribble to Stop Diabetes, a collaborative effort with Sanofi U.S., the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the NBA Development League (D-League).
- The Association secured Novo Nordisk as a new National Premier and Red Strider Sponsor for Step Out®: Walk to Stop Diabetes.
- We completed the third year of a grant from the WellPoint Foundation in support of type 2 diabetes prevention and Alert Day activities.
I’d like to close this post by recognizing the tremendous scale of support we received in 2011. Despite the tough economy and a year when individual fundraising is down, we are on track to raise more than $19 million in corporate contributions. What a way to end the year!
Here’s to an even bigger and better 2012, putting us one step closer to stopping diabetes once and for all.
Vice President, Corporate Alliances
American Diabetes Association