NAFC's mission is focused on public education and awareness, collaboration to disseminate information, and advocacy on behalf of the 25 million adult Americans who live with incontinence, voiding dysfunction, and/or related pelvic floor disorders. As a not-for-profit organization, NAFC is broadly funded by donations from individual consumers and healthcare professionals alike. Your support of NAFC allows valuable educational programs and a representative voice on your behalf.
Standards of Quality
NAFC aims to provide educational materials for consumers - and helpful to healthcare professionals - that are unbiased and evidence-based. The doctors and nurses who write content for our leaflets, booklets, web site, and newsletter are not compensated. Nor is their writing unduly influenced by industry players. All manuscripts are scrutinized by clinical review teams before being published, and all NAFC documents - including web site sections - are formally reviewed for necessary updates based on research findings, published articles in peer-reviewed journals, and new product testing and introductions every two years. This rigorous adherence to standards and oversight also requires staffing and management. Only reliable, well educated, and experienced professionals are employed by NAFC to serve you.
Support for Advocacy
Donations from individuals are essential for assuring that NAFC represents your interests both vocally and visibly. With the ever-spiraling increase in healthcare costs, both public and private payers are looking for ways to narrow access to costly new technology and branded products and reduce fees paid to providers. NAFC's travel to Washington, DC to speak before Medicare's Medical Advisory Review Committees requires time and airfare. Speaking at conferences, facilitating workshops, and interfacing with the media all strain staff resources of the organization. Restricted industry monies rarely cover these kinds of activities.
Help us remain nimble, responsive, and dedicated to YOUR best interest. Give to NAFC and give generously. Put NAFC in your estate plans. Give so others beside yourself can be wisely helped, directed, and advised.
Shifts in Funding Sources
Historically, the funding of our activities and initiatives was more heavily weighted in the direction of individuals. Consumers have been wooed by direct-to-consumer advertising that places volumes of literature in their hands free of charge. In the last decade, the Internet has come to serve as a conduit for free information. Doctors, nurses, and other health care providers have grown accustomed to being supplied free handouts for patients from companies. As the number of new drugs and devices for treating incontinence, voiding dysfunction, and related pelvic floor disorders has grown exponentially, so has the sheer volume of printed materials and the number of outlets as resources for information.