About AAFA

About the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1953, is the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies, and the oldest asthma and allergy patient group in the world.


AAFA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with asthma and allergic diseases through education, advocacy and research.

For Life Without Limits™

Asthma and allergies affect most people in the United States in some way. In 1953, three allergists started AAFA to raise money for education and research. Now, AAFA also offers resources and advocacy for all those affected, as well as healthcare providers and policymakers. Our goal is for those with asthma and allergies to live life without limits.


AAFA offers many educational programs and tools, such as:

  • Programs for all ages
  • Programs for caregivers and healthcare providers
  • Printed materials and tools
  • Online resources
  • Newsletters and magazines
  • Resources and tools in Spanish

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Validation

Look for a ribbon next to some of our health education programs. This means the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has validated it as an effective educational tool.

National Health Council Standards of Excellence Certification

AAFA is certified by the National Health Council’s Standards of Excellence Certification. This is given to reliable patient groups that practice high standards of accountability and ethics.

HONcode Certification

AAFA is certified by the Health on the Net Foundation. Websites receive HONcode certification for information that is ethical and trustworthy.


At AAFA, we want to be the voice for people with asthma and allergies. We work with the government to create laws that improve and protect quality of life.

We support policies that include:

  • Clinical diagnosis, treatment and management
  • Outdoor and indoor air quality
  • Healthy settings in homes, schools and communities


AAFA is the only patient group that awards research grants for the study of asthma and allergies. Our grants support research for:

  • Understanding the diseases
  • Developing better treatments
  • Finding cures
  • Advanced training
  • Social research


Managing allergies and asthma can be tough on your own. We offer support through:


AAFA is a not-for-profit charity. We are able to offer our services thanks to:

Several charity watch groups give recognition to the work we do at AAFA:

Charity Navigator

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

Combined Federal Campaign



Financial Reports

Annual Report 2013 Download PDF

IRS 990 Download PDF

Audit Report 2013 Download PDF

History of AAFA

The history of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America