The ADA devotes itself to both Type I and Type II Diabetes. They work not only for a cure, but also to raise awareness of Diabetes, serve as advocates for people with it and their caregivers and as an information resource. The JDRF does essentially the same thing, but is solely focused on Type I Diabetes. The Joslin Diabetes Center is more devoted to treatments and patient education in addition to participating in cure research.
All three are key players in the search for a cure, but the average person doesn't have an easy way of knowing how much of their contribution goes toward that goal. I suspect that most people don't think all that hard about it. They don't consider overhead, administrative efficiency, fundraising costs, other programs they fund, etc. I didn't either for a long time. I'd give when I could since it was in my personal long term best interest. But then I heard about another group called The Juvenile Diabetes Cure Alliance.
A few years ago the child of a wealthy New York financier came down with Type I Diabetes. Brian Kelly's impulse was to contribute to a cure in a major way. Given his background, he started checking out various charities and he didn't greatly like what he saw. Then he hit a novel idea. He started an organization that would advocate for greater efficiency among these charities, educate donors and help both to achieve a cure more rapidly. He hired financial analysts and marketing professionals who could perform unbiased analyses and communicate their findings effectively. As a result, a new group was founded that would not dilute potential donations across a broader spectrum, but rather would help those limited resources to be more focused toward our common objective: a practical cure brought to patients in the shortest possible time.
I commend their valuable and innovative work. Those considering making a donation toward achieving a practical cure should visit The Juvenile Diabetes Cure Alliance web site and carefully consider the JDCA's insights - particularly their Donor Tools.