Millions in the U.S. suffer today from chronic illnesses that are not very well understood and often misdiagnosed. IBD is a prime example. Many of these diseases are immune system related and it is believed genetics play a very important role… Over the last 20 years our research tools, especially in the field of genetics, have advanced significantly and experts believe that through intensive research a cure to many of these illness can found.

KFF wants to help advance research in these areas and has adopted the following:

Mission statement

Supporting medical and scientific research in the areas of chronic illness including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and supporting programs that improve the quality of life for patients with such chronic illnesses.


KFF’s vision is to help find a cure for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease through cutting edge research and help in financing underdeveloped areas of research.


KFF’s funding in this area has been in the form of grants awarded to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). KFF’s Medical Committee reviews research grant proposals and makes its recommendations of funding for final Board approval.