Professional Membership Basics

Why should I join the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation? 

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Joining the Foundation gives you unique access to our services and information, while at the same time helping to support our three mission-critical programs: research, education, and support services.  Professional Membership also allows you to connect and engage with colleagues who share your passions and face similar challenges. As the leading IBD-focused association, with a patient focus, members are provided with exclusive tools to help patients with their diseases.

Who qualifies for professional membership?

All licensed physicians and licensed medical professionals qualify for Professional membership.

How do I become a member?

There are three easy ways to become a member of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation National Processing Center
P.O. Box 1245 
Albert Lea, MN 56007

When will my membership begin?

Your membership will begin after your initial dues are received and processed. Your membership will expire on December 31. If you join after August 1, your membership will expire on December 31 of the following year.

When will I be asked to renew my membership?

Membership renewal reminders will be mailed to you at an address you provide during the annual renewal period (prior to December 31).  

How do I address billing discrepancies?

To address billing discrepancies, please contact us at 646-943-7521 or by email at

How do I request a replacement membership kit?

To request a replacement membership kit, please contact us at 646-943-7521 or by email at

When will I receive my member benefits?

Once your membership dues are received and processed, you will be sent a welcome package including: an acknowledgement letter which serves as a receipt for your membership fee, a membership card, a prescription pad to help provide your patients with their complimentary memberships, as well as other information regarding your benefits. These packets typically mail four to six weeks after your membership fee is received. Your initial packet will be followed by your subscription to the IBD Journal, as well as news bulletins and other periodic updates from your local chapter.

How can I obtain the IBD Journal online or access it through iPad or smartphone?

To gain online access, please contact us at 646-943-7521, or by emailing

How can I access the ACG & IBD Circle Online community?

If you're already a Circle member, login with your email and password. Not yet a member? Email the Circle administrator.

How do I update my address, e-mail, phone number or website listing?

Updated contact information can be submitted to the Foundation by emailing or by phone at 646-943-7521.

Where can I direct membership questions?

We are here to answer your membership questions Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm EST. Contact our Membership Coordinator by emailing or calling 646-943-7521.

How do I request educational material for distribution?

You may request education materials by contacting us at 646-943-7521 or at