Honoring 50 Years

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. Read our founding story.

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. Read profiles of individuals and organizations who have had a profound impact on the Foundation over the past five decades.


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

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Honoring 50 Years


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Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) has sent a special anniversary message honoring our 50 years. In addition, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has submitted a statement for the Congressional Record reflecting on our 50 years.

A special thank you to the members of our Golden Giving Circle! All donors making a pledge or gift of $50,000 or more in 2017 were included in the Foundation's Golden Giving Circle for our anniversary year. Learn more about the Golden Giving Circle.