50 years of research • education • support • advocacy

50 years of research • education • support • advocacy

Honoring 50 Years

In 1967, Irwin and Suzanne Rosenthal, William and Shelby Modell, and Henry Janowitz, MD, motivated by personal and professional experiences, founded the National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis -- now known as the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. What started with a research grant of $32,000 has evolved over the past 50 years into a 38 chapter, 15,000 member organization that has funded more than $300 million in research of IBD.

For five decades, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation has been the hub of the IBD community, working to fund critical research, education, support, and advocacy programs. We could not have accomplished as much as we have without the patients, caregivers, volunteers, healthcare professionals, researchers, donors, partners, and everyone else in the IBD community, and we'd like to say thank you! You have helped to advance our mission to find cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and improve the quality of life for our patients. Thank you for your commitment, passion, and above all, incredible generosity.

Learn how we've honored our mission for the past five decades:


Get Involved

Join with us as we reflect on our progress over the past 50 years and commemorate our anniversary and the individuals who have helped us get where we are today. There are several ways YOU can get involved: