EIN 59-1361955

Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF)

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At the Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation, their mission is clear - they want to cure diabetes now. Simply put, they aim to put themselves out of business by curing this devastating disease.
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The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation funds basic, pre-clinical and patient-based research studies, including five Phase I/II clinical studies, several of which are simultaneously underway at the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), with the others pending commencement. The ongoing 'islets in the omentum' BioHub trial was the first step in testing the safety and efficacy of insulin-producing cells transplanted within a tissue-engineered platform in a different site than the liver, the traditional transplant site. Foundation funding has allowed the DRI's clinical cell transplant team to contact and screen more than 1,200 candidates for this innovative pilot trial, several of whom were selected and placed on the waiting list to undergo the procedure pending the availability of a matching donor organ. Other alternative transplant sites continue to be explored. DRIF funding also supports the continued follow-up and care of the DRI's islet transplant patients who have participated in previous clinical trials. Many of these have remained insulin independent for a varying number of years. This past year, DRI presented data showing that their islet transplant patients who were still free from insulin for an average of 10 years had near-normal blood sugar levels, similar to those without diabetes. DRIF has also funded DRI research projects that focus on establishing immune tolerance and reversing autoimmunity, the body's destruction of the insulin-producing cells which caused the onset of the disease. Several of the clinical trials address these challenges while other research earlier in the pipeline remains underway. Another major research area that DRIF supports is the development of an unlimited supply of insulin-producing cells. DRIF-funded studies have led to significant progress in stimulating the regeneration of pancreatic stem cells into insulin-producing cells using a single FDA-approved molecule. This significant finding opens to door to a natural cell supply bank within the patient's body, addressing several ongoing challenges for curing the disease. The DRIF has funded international researcher training and key collaborative programs that help accelerate research progress through the sharing of ideas and advancements. Also, DRIF-funded research equipment was used in a Phase III multi-center clinical islet transplantation trial. The resulting data demonstrated that islet transplantation is effective in preventing severe hypoglycemia - dangerously low blood sugar levels - which represents a particularly feared complication in type 1 diabetes that can lead to seizures, loss of consciousness and even death. Importantly, the results of this Phase III trial pave the way for islet transplantation to become an FDA-Authorized treatment for patients with diabetes and one that would be eligible for insurance reimbursement. Key funded research areas include cell-based therapies for islet replacement, immune tolerance, immune regulation, regenerative medicine, and stem cell research, among others, to restore biological insulin production. Together with other diabetes advocacy organizations, the DRIF has appeared before Congress to request increased funding for diabetes research, and has made recommendations on the future direction of research appropriations. DRIF also hosts and participates in a variety of informational workshops for people with diabetes and their families focusing on the latest advances toward a cure and the newest diabetes management techniques. Through its website DiabetesResearch.org, the DRIF provides 'news you can useresearch updates for those living with diabetes and their family members in the form of e-newsletters, videos, email announcements and information via social media.
Community Diabetes Education. The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation provides information to the public via its website literature, speakers and hosting an annual diabetes research conference, print interviews and toll free number 800-321-3437. The public gains knowledge about diabetes, diabetes care and research towards finding a cure for diabetes.

Grants made by DRIF

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
University of Miami (UM)Research$8,290,523

Who funds Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Diabetes Research and Wellness FoundationResearch$125,000
Touched By Type 1Research$110,000
Terence J O'Sullivan Liuna Charitable FoundationContribution$100,000
...and 68 more grants received totalling $1,279,227

Personnel at DRIF

Bill ServesChairman and Chief Executive Officer
Sean KramerCheif Executive Officer / Chief Executive Officer$290,000
Tiffany Bedran, Cpa-I/AChief Administrative Officer
Amy Powers, Mba, MSTXChief Development Officer$205,000
Tiffany BedranChief Adminisrative Officer$180,000
...and 21 more key personnel

Financials for DRIF

RevenuesFYE 06/2021
Total grants, contributions, etc.$12,440,418
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$272,180
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$192,642
Net income from fundraising events$969,719
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$13,874,959

Form 990s for DRIF

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2021-062022-03-31990View PDF
2020-062021-04-15990View PDF
2020-062021-04-05990View PDF
2019-062020-01-27990View PDF
2018-062019-02-21990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s
Data update history
May 6, 2023
Received grants
Identified 1 new grant, including a grant for $2,000 from The Banks Foundation
August 16, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
August 4, 2022
Used new vendors
Identified 2 new vendors, including , and
August 2, 2022
Received grants
Identified 6 new grant, including a grant for $27,556 from PayPal Giving Fund
July 13, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 10 new personnel
Nonprofit Types
Grantmaking organizationsDisease research fundraisersMedical research organizationsCharities
HealthDiseases and disorders
Provides grantsConducts researchLobbyingFundraising eventsOperates internationallyNational levelReceives government fundingCommunity engagement / volunteeringGala fundraisersTax deductible donations
General information
200 South Park Rd Ste 100
Hollywood, FL 33021
Metro area
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL
Broward County, FL
Website URL
(954) 964-4040
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IRS details
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
H90: Medical Specialty Research
NAICS code, primary
813212: Health and Disease Research Fundraising Organizations
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