About Arthritis Society
The Arthritis Society is Canada’s national charity dedicated to creating a world where people are free from the devastating effects of arthritis. We represent the six million Canadians living with arthritis today, and the millions more who are impacted or at risk. The Arthritis Society was formed over 70 years ago with one very clear goal: to alleviate the suffering of people affected by arthritis. That same passion to alleviate suffering continues to drive us today.
Thanks to the trust and support of our donors, sponsors and volunteers, the Arthritis Society is the largest charitable funder of cutting-edge arthritis research in Canada and a leader in proactive advocacy, innovative information and support that delivers better health outcomes for people living with arthritis.
Arthritis is Canada’s most common chronic health condition and there is no cure. The disease affects the lives of six million Canadians (1 in 5 adults) and as many as 24,000 children. Nearly half of people over 65 have arthritis. Without a greater spotlight on this growing issue, the number of Canadians with arthritis will rise to nine million (1 in 4 adults) by 2040. That’s a further three million Canadians impacted by this disease – along with their families and communities.
In everything that we do, we are driven by a relentless pursuit of a world where people are free from the pain of arthritis. Read more about our five-year strategic plan, Accelerating Impact, which is the guiding roadmap of our efforts to effect change by enhancing our reach, relevance and return.
Funds from our community of generous donors, including those who leave a charitable bequest to the Arthritis Society, give us the power to raise the profile of this devastating disease. Donors fund our critical work in arthritis research, advocacy, and providing essential information and support programs to help people manage the debilitating effects of arthritis. Our programs empower people to access the support they need, when they need it most – truly helping all 6 million Canadians with arthritis, and those who love them, live their fullest life.
Annually, 12,000 people participate in our education programs, with the need growing every year, engaging in practical topics such as pain management, exercise techniques and strategies to support the mental health aspects of living with arthritis. And with a dynamic program of practical online solutions, we extend our reach to all Canadians, including those living in rural and remote communities.
We provide a multitude of critical supports for even our youngest arthritis patients and their families, such as our national camps, which provide an accepting and barrier-free environment to help kids enjoy life as children – not a life defined by their disease.
How your gift will be used
Making a difference and being remembered are things many of us want. We want our legacy to live on through our loved ones and to reflect our ideals and values. This kind of legacy is within reach of all of us.
Much of the Arthritis Society’s research funding comes from individuals who are generous enough to think beyond themselves and who courageously look to the future. They understand that there are ways their generosity can make a lasting impact. These gifts come from people just like you.
A gift in your Will is one of the most incredible forms of philanthropic giving because it’s about creating a future that is better than today. It’s about faith. It’s about values, It’s about hope.
After ensuring that your loved ones are taken care of, you may choose to become one of the more than one million Canadians who have included a charity among the beneficiaries in their Will. Should you decide to help us create a future free from arthritis by leaving a gift in your Will, your generosity will help make a real difference in the lives of people with arthritis.