APS Foundation of America, Inc.

Rating: 4.68 stars   37 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: Post Office Box 801 La Crosse WI 54602 USA

Mission: Founded in 2005, the APS Foundation of America, Inc. is dedicated to fostering and facilitating joint efforts in the areas of education, public awareness, research, and patient services for Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS) in an effective and ethical manner. Our Goal Is: To offer understanding and support to individuals, family, friends, and care givers of Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome; To offer information about and education on Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome; To support research regarding Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome by keeping the latest information available and referring people to such agencies who do research; To raise funds to provide information and education through public donations, grants, fundraisers, sponsorships, and bequests; and To bring national focus to Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome in the United States. The APS Foundation of America, Inc. is the leading United States nonprofit health agency dedicated specifically to bringing national awareness to Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS), the major cause of multiple miscarriages, thrombosis, and young strokes and heart attacks. We are a volunteer-run, community-based, non-profit organization.
Results: 2010 Year in Review (These are in no particular order.) * Maintained 501(c)3 Non Profit Status granted under Section 170, 2055, 2106, 2522. We also were granted an advanced ruling as a Public Charity. * Filed Taxes. * Registered to solicit in the states we were required to do so. * Updated APSFA Booklet and reprinted it. * Updated APS Foundation of America, Inc brochure and reprinted it. * Made all brochure & booklets that have bibliographies available – available online. * Published quarterly newsletters that are available free to the public on our website – benefited at least 400,000 people. * Donated & Mailed Brochures & Booklets –benefited at least 20,000 people. * Donated Printed Publications to Public Libraries – Unknown number of people benefited. * Invited to several large professional medical conferences. * Attended 13th International Congress on Antiphospholipid Antibodies. * Bronze Sponsor for the 13th International Congress on Antiphospholipid Antibodies. * Sponsored & provided the prize for the winner of the Young Investigators Award presented at the 13th International Congress on Antiphospholipid Antibodies. * Sponsored the Autoimmune Diseases Summit: The Global State of Autoimmunity Today. * Attended the What Every American Needs to Know about Autoimmune Disease sponsored by the AARDA in both MA & MO. * Represented at the Annual Venous Disease Coalition Meeting. * Represented at the UCDavis Health System: Update on the Management of Thromboembolic Disorders. * Represented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting * Represented at the Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter Living Well With Lupus Symposium. * Represented at the AARDA Global Summit: The Global State of Autoimmunity Today at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York. * Became members of the Coalition to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis. * Networking with other Non-Profit Organizations and medical professionals. * Maintained our Webpage –benefiting 142,143 people based on the index page. * Maintained the forum to make it more user friendly – benefiting 189,281 people. * Maintained HONCode Certification on APS Foundation of America, Inc. * Maintained HONCode Certification on APS Friends & Support Forum. * Earned the GuideStar Exchange Seal: Partner in Trust. * Awarded “The Hope Reward”. Our website now joins a select group of health websites that adheres to the highest standards of health information quality, ethical behavior, and respect for consumer privacy. * Working on obtaining the Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity Status. * Maintained several blogs & pages on various social networking sites on various servers to get awareness out – benefited at least 500,000 people. * Launched June 9th as World APS Awareness Day. * Continued June as APS Awareness Month. * Launched press releases – benefited at least 50,000 people. * Launched Radio Public Service Announcements – benefited at least 1,000,000. * Fundraisers: o Café Press – approx 370 items sold o World APS Day Items – approx 30 items sold o APSFA’s 5 Year Birthday Party – 17 participated o Holiday Related: * Giving Tree – 32 participated * Café Press Collectors Edition – 34 participated * Made Press in 3 different media venues that we are aware of – at least 100,000,000 people benefited o House, MD – “Instant Karma” (original air date: 10/15/09) – benefited at least 16,000,000 people. o Mystery Diagnosis – “Falling Through the Cracks” (re- aired several times, original air date: 3/6/2006) - unknown how many people benefited o The Beatles Network (APS Awareness month world wide awareness.) * Forum Information: o Average Number of Visitors: 3,971/month - High: 4,460 - Low: 3,560 o Average Number of Visits: 10,493/month – High: 12,183 – Low: 8,683 o Average Max Online: 17/month – High: 28 – Low: 10 o Average Page Views: 33,502 – High: 41,595 – Low: 27,073 o Average Number Posts: 583/month – High: 970 – Low: 228 o Average Number of Private Messages: 143 – High: 241 – Low: 83 o Number of Participants: 1,962 Recommendations: * Continue to find more avenues for fundraising. * Continue to collaborate with more organizations (both lay & professional). * Attend or have materials available for more conferences. * Apply for more grants. * Continue to search for more medical advisers. * Continue to attempt getting APS mentioned in more publications, including magazines. * Continue to making more videos and learn how to make podcasts. * Consider tapping in more social networking sites. * Consider going to a Board of Directors of 5, including one medical adviser & one public non-APS person. * Consider making June 9th World APS Awareness Day formally via a bill through Congress. * Consider making June APS Awareness Month formally via a bill through Congress. * Consider making a Scholarship fund for those going into the Medical Field. * Consider making a formal Scholarship fund for APS Research.
Geographic areas served: USA

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was diagnosed w/APS 10 years ago. I've had multiple DVT's and PE. I've never been to a doctor that seemed interested in answering my questions and most of the info I have came from my own research. This disease is scary and I've never had anyone to discuss my fears or answer my questions until I found this page. For years I've felt like I was all alone in this as family and friends simply do not understand how devastating APS really is. Now I have a place to go for info and support. I'm suddenly not alone anymore.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was diagnosed with APS 2 yrs ago and am so lucky I found this organization on the web. The amount of information available is amazing and it's always growing. Doctors should be required to visit the website to better educate themselves! Then they would learn that APS has many symptoms. APS Foundation of America Inc also helps ease my frustrations by reading stories shared by other people with this disease. I'm so thankful for this foundation and all the amazing people that make it possible.

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This organization is like an online support group and has helped me in many ways.

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The only change I would make if I could.......would be to win the lottery and give 95% of it to this organization. I'd use the other 5% for my medical bills.

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Rating: 4 stars  

About 2 years ago I was diagnosed with APS. Like others I had no idea what APS was . As I started to research what this illness that was I came across the APS foundation. Which truly has been a big help to me.Their website has great resources such as doctors that treat APS , articles and a newsletter with has lots of tips and stories of people that have APS. I'm so thankful for this foundation hearing some many stories about other people with APS has truly help me with dealing with APS.

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YES

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was diagnosed with APS October 2010. When I first learned of my diagnosis I was scared and confused. The first thing that I did when I got home was throw myself into the internet to learn everything I could about APS. I came across APS foundation of America, and I have to say it was a sigh a relief. There is so much helpful information and it was written in a way that whoever was reading could understand it. I love the fact that they have a facebook, and on that facebook are so many people that have APS and can relate. I dont ever feel uncomfortable posting a quetstion because the people that are on there know what I am going thru and will not look down on me. I am greatful for a organization, it helps me in many ways understand my diagnosis and my family can go onto the site and get more of a insight of what I am going thru. In many ways it is my outlet when I am going thru my "down days". I am truely greatful.

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I have met many people who are also diagnosed with APS, there is a sense of connection with people on there since they know what I am going thru.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldnt change a thing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was diagnosed with APS in 2002. I had never heard of APS until then.
I started searching for information, the library, the internet. I began to understand what I had but found no one else with this disease.
Frustrated I searched the web looking for anyone who could understand and help me.
Finally I came across the APS web site and learned that a few more people had this disease. APS has given me the support I need to go on. It has offered information on drugs, genetic research, and treatments for APS. It has helped my family understand the disease. I don't feel alone anymore!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Dealing with family and friends. I reccommend it to everyone I meet. It helps others understand the disease

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

See that more advertising would be done. Most people (including some doctors) know very little about APS. TV campaign: 6 minutes, some health programs (Dr. OZ)

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

How did you find this group?

the internet

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Thank you so much for the review. We are glad we have been able to help you. We have been trying to get more media attention. It has gotten better. We have been on Mystery Diagnosis & House. The Mystery Diagnosis Segment is available on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/ViCpw APS has been mentioned in passing by Dr. Oz. We have been sending letters to shows to get a response. We have more media picking up stories about people and running them in their local papers. Tina has done a 45 minute interview with a radio station outside of DC with the help of an employee there who also has APS. You may be interested in this page: http://www.apsfa.org/media.htm Now, it is just time and money and help from you the volunteers & clients to push the media to run a story on it. Together we all can get this in the media!

Rating: 5 stars  

I was diagnosed with APS in 2005. There were only a handful of physicians who knew about, let alone understood, the full impact this has on my life, and will have on my life, until my last day. Suffering with this not-well-known disease was difficult. I felt alone. I am thankful to have found the APS Foundation to have the support and resources to help me, my family, and even my employer, help understand this debilitating, silent, invisible disease.
As a patient, the support and understanding has helped my family and me better understand and cope with the sudden limitations placed on my life. The Foundation members are thoughtful, compassionate, educated, up-to-date, and have their "finger on the pulse," of any/all new updates we, as sufferers of this disease, need to know. Additionally, the APS Foundation is an excellent resource for any aspect of APS -- the patient or physician both can utilize. I am thankful for the foundation and its hard work and dedication to the sufferers and the cause.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being better able to cope with my diagnosis. Their counseling services and disease education helped my family understand the disease, and my limitations better. -- The same is true for my employer who was able to accommodate my "disability" by following my physician's recommendations. Without the APS Foundation, I would still be trying to convince my family and employer about my "invisible disease" and the limitations it places on me. With the APS Foundation's help, I am able to function in the world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Air a special on television: 20/20 and/or "60 Minutes." More media attention needs to happen. The more people who become aware, the easier it will be on those of us suffering from the disease. We "look" and "sound" "normal," the vast public needs to be educated about this disease. I would volunteer my story. It has tried to kill me twice, but I am still here!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

On the internet.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To communicate with others suffering with the same disease, not to feel alone.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 4 stars  

When my husband found out he had APS there was not a lot of information about it on the web. The APS foundation has not only been a great source of information, but because it's such a rare disease it's helped us not feel so alone.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love being a part of this group. The support and information I have needed is always available through this group. The information is life saving for those who have to live with Anitphospholipid Antibody Syndrome.

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Provided my the necessary materials to leave in Drs offices. Also had the needed information to argue a treatment with my care givers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was diagnosed with this rare blood disorder a little over 20 years ago. Because it is rare, it is difficult to easily find reliable information or to meet people who share this same diagnosis. Through this organization's online community, I have learned more about my illness and gained friends that are able to offer support/advice when I am having challenges.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In receiving a minimum of weekly postings from their Director, Tina Pohlman.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope to see it continue to grow in staff and services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The APSFA has been a great support to me and my family. I have learned more from their website, support forum and information packet they sent from me. I have found the staff to be super friendly and really caring about me. They have helped me a lot. I love that they send their newsletter out by email for free. Those are always informative and many of their medical advisers write in them everytime. Their articles are cited and my doctors have used the references to help me get better care. Words can not explain how much they have helped me. Thank you!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the great service they have provided and excellent information and caring they have provided. I thank them for my life.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

everyone is so honest, friendly and helpful and everything is cited. My doctors really take their information seriously.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the staff will go out of their way to help you to answer your questions and are willing to send you information to bring to your doctors.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

run a large campaign educating the public & medical professionals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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