To be a leader in the quest to cure ankylosing spondylitis and related diseases, and to empower those affected to live their lives to the fullest.
The Spondylitis Association of America (SAA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 to address the needs of people living with spondylitis. Since that time, SAA has been at the forefront of the fight to promote medical research, educate both the medical community and general public, and advocate on behalf of the people we serve.
SAA receives no government funding and relies on generous donations from individuals to create and maintain programs and services aimed at improving the futures of the 2.7 million American adults affected by spondylitis.
SAA is committed to fiscal accountability and transparency at all times and is consistently rated at the top of the scales by nonprofit watchdog groups and charity evaluators.
But what sets us apart from other organizations is more than our efficiency and work ethic; it’s the people who work with us to achieve our goals. From our small staff of dedicated professionals at our Van Nuys, California, headquarters and our all-volunteer Board of Directors to our internationally recognized Medical & Scientific Advisory Board, SAA is comprised of a lean group of dedicated experts whose aim is to change the landscape of spondylitis in the U.S. for the better.