Mission & History

The mission of the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected.

The history of NPF began with Beverly Foster of Portland, Oregon, the year she turned 30. Because her psoriasis was severe, Beverly told her husband, Larry, that the one thing she wanted for her 30th was to talk to other people with psoriasis. Larry placed an ad in the local paper on Aug. 29, 1966 (Beverly’s birthday), looking for just those people.

From a newspaper ad to funding millions in research.

Within a week, Beverly received more than 100 phone calls. She began organizing meetings, first in her own living room, then in restaurants, libraries and borrowed offices. In 1967, she led the formation of the Psoriasis Society of Oregon (now NPF) and began raising money for psoriasis research.

 
A copy of the classified ad that started the National Psoriasis Foundation.

Today, more than 50 years later, NPF is the leading national nonprofit organization supporting research on psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and advocating for the needs of the psoriatic disease community. NPF is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with community divisions and volunteers across the U.S.

We invite you to get involved, support research and make your own place in our history.

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Together, we can change lives. Learn about all the ways you can help NPF, including volunteer opportunities, special events, fundraising, advocacy and more.

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We have many ways for you to support our mission - including membership, planned giving and other types of contributions.

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NPF is committed to leading collaborative, transformational research that leads to better treatments and a cure for psoriatic disease.

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