Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF), a non-profit, public benefit corporation, was established in 1990 by Elaine Monarch to support the celiac disease community by funding important advocacy, education, and research initiatives. Today, under the guidance of a National Board of Directors and an internationally renowned Medical Advisory Board, the Foundation has grown to include a nationwide network of Chapters and Support Groups and full-time staff in Los Angeles, California. From sponsoring the first serology workshop, which led to today’s celiac disease blood test, to supporting clinical research, advocating on Capitol Hill for gluten-free labeling laws, partnering with mainstream manufacturers in creating today’s gluten-free marketplace, and offering the number one website for celiac disease, CDF has played a crucial role in improving the lives of those afflicted and their loved ones. With a range of vital programs and services for the public, patients, healthcare professionals and the food industries, CDF meets the growing public health challenge of diagnosing and treating celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders.
CDF is a founding member of the American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA) and is actively involved with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NIH Celiac Disease Awareness Program, National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), in the promotion of celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity concerns. CDF is a recognized member of Independent Charities of America (ICA), a nonprofit association of America’s best charities, and Health & Medical Research Charities of America (HMR), a nonprofit organization that pre-screens high quality national and international charities. CDF has received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information.