American Diabetes Association Confirms Its Corporate Funding Guidelines


Michelle Kirkwood

Alexandria, Virginia
October 11, 2016

The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and provides objective, credible information about the disease. We never allow corporations to place restrictions or conditions on their funding to influence the research we support or the policy positions for which we advocate.

Four years ago, the Association received two unrestricted grants from Coca-Cola to support locally based community education and outreach projects. These grants represent 0.0547 percent of the Association's 2012 budget:

  • $100,000 for Live Empowered, a diabetes awareness and prevention initiative to reach African American children and adults in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Northern New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.; and
  • $25,000 for Diabetes Education and Outreach to the Latino Community, to provide diabetes education to children and adults in the greater Los Angeles area, including presence at a Latino Health Fair.

It is also worth noting, the Association has championed public policy initiatives that tackle the issue of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB). Among many other initiatives, we have supported state and local taxes on SSBs and state legislation that would require warning labels on SSBs. Similarly, at the federal level, we have supported food labeling and other initiatives to reduce the intake of sugar.

The American Diabetes Association has and will continue to lead the nation's fight against diabetes through our advocacy efforts supporting legislation at all levels—federal, state and local—to help reduce the incidence of diabetes.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)