About the National Psoriasis Foundation

The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is a non-profit organization with a mission to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected.

Founded in 1966 from a tiny classified ad in a Portland, Oregon, newspaper, NPF has evolved to become the leading patient advocacy group for the more than 8 million Americans living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

As emerging research continues to demonstrate the serious, systemic effects of these chronic autoimmune diseases, our highest priority is to find a cure.

National Psoriasis Foundation Strategic Plan: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2019

Our five-year strategic plan is driven by these goals:

  1. Accelerate discovery to cure psoriatic disease to:
    • Raise the number of dollars invested annually by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to more than $18 million—a 50 percent increase;
    • Increase the number of scientists studying psoriatic disease by 50 percent for a total of 13,500;
    • Create a community of 1,000 people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis who collaborate in research;
    • Publish annual progress reports in key areas of psoriatic disease research;
    • Invest 30 percent or more of annual NPF budget in research.
  2. Dramatically improve health outcomes for all with psoriatic disease to:
    • Increase by half the number of people receiving appropriate treatment to 77 percent of those diagnosed with moderate to severe psoriasis, and 62 percent with psoriatic arthritis;
    • Reduce from 50 to 30 percent the number of individuals who report their disease to be a problem in everyday life;
    • Publish annual progress reports in key areas of psoriatic disease care and comorbidities;
    • Increase NPF professional membership to 1,700 health care providers.
  3. Secure resources to achieve the mission by:
    • Generating $20 million in total revenue;
    • Maintaining a $3 million operating reserve;
    • Doubling the number of volunteers engaged with NPF mission to more than 13,200.

Our Leadership

  • A volunteer Board of Directors steers the strategic direction of the National Psoriasis Foundation.
  • Our Medical Board, made up of leading national psoriasis experts, provides medical guidance, leadership and advocacy.
  • An executive staff of seasoned non-profit leaders drives the organization to achieve its strategic plan goals.