Food Allergy Initiative, Inc. (FAI)
Founded in 1998 by concerned parents and grandparents of children with life-threatening food allergies, the Food Allergy Initiative, Inc. (FAI) is the largest private source of funding for food allergy research, education and advocacy in the United States.
During the past 12 years, FAI has contributed more than $65 million toward the fulfillment of its mission. The national office is headquartered in New York City with volunteer committees in Chicago and Seattle and strong relationships with food allergy support groups and advocates throughout the country. As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, FAI is supported solely by donations from corporations, foundations and individuals.
FAI supports basic and clinical research worldwide. Sponsored research seeks to find a cure and improve clinical treatment including anaphylaxis and chronic diseases of the skin and gastrointestinal tract caused by food allergy. The FAI Medical Advisory Board, which comprises leading experts in the field, identifies and recommends the most promising studies for funding and ensures that all research is rigorously peer reviewed. By funding multi-disciplinary programs involving allergists, immunologists, pediatricians, internists, gastroenterologists, nutritionists, and patients, FAI seeks to improve the identification and treatment of people at risk for food allergies.
FAI also serves as a voice for millions of families to call on the federal government and private sources to collaborate in search of a cure. FAI works to develop and implement public policies that improve the quality of life for people with food allergies, playing an integral role in establishing national, state, and local guidelines for anaphylaxis and food safety. It also promotes increased awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis among the media, health care workers, camps, restaurants, food manufacturers, and education and childcare professionals.
For more information on FAI, visit www.faiusa.org.