Diabetes Hands Foundation

Rating: 4.93 stars   107 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 1962 University Ave #1 Berkeley CA 94704 USA

Mission: We connect, engage, and empower people touched by diabetes.
Results: We believe no one touched by diabetes should ever feel alone, because together we become stronger and have the power to generate positive change in ourselves and our community. We provide platforms where people with diabetes and their loved ones can connect and have an open dialog about their experiences with this chronic condition. Instead of looking at the disease, Diabetes Hands Foundation seeks to understand, connect and energize the millions of people living with this condition.
Target demographics: People touched by diabetes: those WITH diabetes as well as their loved ones, in the US and all over the world.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Every year, more than 2 million people receive support and information about life with diabetes through our work.
Geographic areas served: Global
Programs: TuDiabetes.org (in English), EsTuDiabetes.org (in Spanish); Big Blue Test; Diabetes Advocates
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

The Diabetes Hands Foundation is an awesome foundation for people who live with diabetes, family members and friends. I gained a lot of knowledge and friendships from the TuDiabetes.com community.

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Diabetes Hands Foundation has taught me a lot about social media, diabetes advocacy and has helped me cope, live and better manage diabetes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Thanks so much for your kind words and for ALL you have continued to do for DHF and the diabetic community at large, diabetic-iz-me!

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Diabetes Hands Foundation has saved my life. Although I had type 1 diabetes for many years, TuDiabetes.com helped me connect with many other people who supported me and provided invaluable advice about blood sugar management and better ways to exercise. Life with this chronic disease is a lot easier thanks to TuDiabetes and the work of DHF.

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

enabling people to meet in real life and sharing ways to improve blood glucose control in different situations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

My youngest child was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 6. Nine years and four pumps later (longboarding is tough on pumps) he is a healthy and happy teenager who, on a daily basis, grows in his ability to independently manage his diabetes. Diabetes Hands Foundation has greatly contributed to his growth because of the support it offered me, his mother. Receiving advice and gaining perspective from other caregivers, DHF provided a community that kept this mother moving forward one day at a time.

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

weekly contact with members of DHF.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

While I don't have diabetes myself, I have friends that do. I was very moved by the way in which the Diabetes Hands Foundation uses art to express the powerful emotions people have in coping with this condition. It really sensitized me to understand what they are going through.

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

reading their website

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

its imagination

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

top-knotch

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

do lots of marketing, pay staff better, and revolutionize attitudes towards a growing epidemic of diabetes

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Thanks for your comments, Maggie. We also want to reach the greatest possible audience.

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

This organization has allowed me to connect with others who have diabetes. This may not seem like a big deal, but it really is. Helping people with a condition, such as diabetes, connect with others allows someone like me to not feel so alone, so isolated. It also provides a lot of helpful information about diabetes management. I know I've learned more about diabetes and how to deal with certain situations from this organization than I have from all of my doctors and educators. This organization is a blessing to anyone touched by diabetes.

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

my every day life. Its comforting to know Im not alone

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

no changes needed.

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

knowing Im not alone, working with others who also have diabetes

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

amazingly kind and helpful

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

find a cure to diabetes! with all the knowledge from all the members, something amazing would happen!

Ways to make it better...

none

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

none

One thing I'd also say is that...

none

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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We are happy that DHF has helped you connect with others touched by diabetes! Thanks for your support and participation in our community.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Diabetes Hands Foundation has done a superb job, in a relatively short amount of time, of providing much-needed information, outreach, inspiration and community to thousands of people with diabetes around the world. They have engaged so many people in the online world and have provided a wonderful service, partnership and above all concern for those dealing with this devastating disease.

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

How they have truly engaged those with diabetes and have provided inspiration, community and connectivity for those around the world.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Thanks for your support and for all you guys do too, Lori!

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I first met Manny and Andreina (DHF founders) in the summer of 2008. I myself do not have diabetes but am touched by it: my niece has Type I. For me, DHF has opened my eyes to the day-to-day challenges (and multiple complications) that can come from having diabetes. It has helped me understand the issues my niece has to deal with every day and has given me a new understanding (and respect) for those dealing with diabetes every day. I am also motivated to volunteer my time by the fact that DHF does so much to help others. I feel proud that I am helping this organization make a difference in the lives of so many people. When I read the comments and posts from the community members, I realize how important it is to provide this place where people can share their ups and downs and get support from others.

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

Seeing the difference they make in the lives of people affected by diabetes.

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About every week

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2010-6-01

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We are privileged to count you among our board members, Cesar! Thanks for your continued support and guidance.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The Diabetes Hands Foundation is masterful at engaging people with diabetes to educate and spread awareness. Through TuDiabetes.com, they have built a cohesive and inspirational social network for people with diabetes. It is truly first in its class.

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Five years ago, the diabetes online community could fit in a single room. Now it draws together hundreds of thousands of people. Diabetes Hands Foundation is one of the centerpieces of that transformation.

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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Thanks for your kind words, David! It is an honor to work alongside you raising diabetes awareness!