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.


Our Vision

To be recognized as the most trusted ally serving the asthma and allergy community.

Our Mission

AAFA is dedicated to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease for people with asthma and allergies through support, advocacy, education, and research.

Our Values

· Patient-Centric ·

Everything we do is in service of helping people with asthma and allergies, their families and their communities; of elevating the voice of the patient; of always, without fail, putting their interests first.

· Diversity, Equity, Inclusion ·

We acknowledge the harmful impact of disparities in asthma and allergy care on the communities we serve. We support the dismantling of systemic inequities and believe that by building the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion into all of AAFA’s operations, we can intentionally make space for positive outcomes to flourish as we model those values and advance our mission.

· Compassion ·

We understand that an asthma or allergy diagnosis can be a life-changing event. For those affected, we stand together, prepared not only to listen and empathize, but also to serve as a lifeline of support and a reliable helpmate for life.

· Trust ·

We live by the firm commitment to act with integrity and transparency in all our endeavors, and we provide the best information available.

· Empowerment ·

Our approach to advocacy amplifies the voices of and empowers the asthma and allergy community. We develop positions that reflect and represent their interests, and we champion vital policies that improve their lives.

· Innovation ·

Whether using new tools and technology to communicate and educate, seeking innovative opportunities to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs, or building new and creative alliances and partnerships, ours is a ceaseless quest to listen, to adapt, and to respond for the good of our community.



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 health care 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 health care 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

Fiscal Responsibility: For more than 60 years, AAFA has been a leader in nonprofit fiscal responsibility and management. AAFA is a proud member of these groups:



Financial Reports

Annual Report PDF


AAFA Audit Report 2020 PDF


Conflict of Interest Policy PDF

Whistleblower Protection Policy PDF

History of AAFA