History of the National Psoriasis Foundation

Psoriasis patients advertisementIt all started with a tiny classified ad in a Portland, Ore., newspaper on Aug. 29, 1966, asking people with psoriasis to call Beverly Foster. Beverly's husband placed the ad on her 30th birthday, hoping to find people she could talk with about her severe psoriasis.

Within a week, Beverly received more than 100 phone calls. She began organizing meetings, and in 1967 she led the formation of the Psoriasis Society of Oregon.

In 1968, Beverly Foster and a dedicated group of volunteers, physicians and researchers founded the National Psoriasis Foundation and began raising money for psoriasis research.

Today, the National Psoriasis Foundation is the leading national nonprofit organization supporting research on psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, and advocating for the needs of the psoriasis community. The Foundation is headquartered in Portland, Ore., with community divisions and volunteers across the U.S.