The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA), established in 1977, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support, and advocacy. The LFA works to increase funding for lupus medical research from all sources, including stimulating public and private investment in lupus research, as well as supporting its own national research program.

Lupus is a complex disease that requires a comprehensive strategy. The LFA brings together all stakeholders with an interest in lupus to:

Drive research that advances the science and medicine of lupus

Lead groundbreaking research initiatives, fund innovative studies, and advocate for increased public and private investment in lupus research to advance the science and medicine of lupus.

Educate and support people with lupus and their healthcare providers

Translate research findings into useful programs, information, and tools for people with lupus, and ensure health professionals are armed with the latest knowledge on diagnosing, treating and caring for individuals with lupus.

Advocate on behalf of everyone affected by lupus

Conduct outreach efforts to increase public understanding of lupus, and share stories of those who suffer from the disease to rally public support to join the fight to end lupus and provide caring support to people with lupus, their families and their caregivers, and help guide them through the complexities of living with lupus.


The Lupus Foundation of America convenes lupus experts, implements strategies, provides resources, and rallies support nationwide to help solve the cruel mystery of lupus.


The national research program, Bringing Down the Barriers™, aggressively seeks to advance the science and medicine of lupus. Experts from many medical specialties are brought together to identify the most urgent scientific challenges, and aggressively pursue an agenda to find answers to the most difficult questions.

Education and support

The LFA’s network of National Health Educators answer questions, provide tools, resources, and referrals to doctors who treat lupus, and help guide individuals and their families affected by lupus toward a better quality of life.


The LFA advocates on behalf of all people with lupus, their families, and the health professionals who care for them. They educate government officials and industry leaders on the urgent need to expand public and private investment in lupus research, education programs, and support services.

National network

The LFA is a unified force of chapters, offices, and support groups in communities nationally that lead a compassionate yet aggressive movement to solve the cruel mystery of lupus and improve the quality of life for all people who suffer from its impact.


The Lupus Foundation of America is a charitable organization with tax-exempt status granted under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The LFA’s Federal ID# is 43-1131436. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.


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