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A National Partnership That Betters Our Communities and Helps Our Brothers Live Lives of Excellence

Delta Tau Delta established its national philanthropic partnership with JDRF in 2012. This partnership engages the Fraternity’s more than 130 chapters and colonies on college campuses nationwide to work closely with local JDRF chapters to help raise funds and awareness of type 1 diabetes (T1D). Since the partnership began, Delta Tau Delta chapters have raised nearly $2 million for T1D research. Additionally, Delta Tau Delta undergraduates and alumni have contributed countless hours of service through local JDRF chapter events. The partnership between Delta Tau Delta and JDRF strives to create multiple avenues for philanthropy and creativity, from volunteering at JDRF galas and forming walk teams to creating campus fundraising and awareness events to benefit T1D research.


JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Its mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested nearly $2 billion in research funding since our inception. JDRF is an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. JDRF collaborates with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. The JDRF staff and volunteers in more than 100 locations throughout the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit jdrf.org or follow @JDRF on Twitter.

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone people need to get energy from food. T1D strikes both children and adults, and its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is currently nothing you can do to prevent it, and there is no cure.

10 Facts about T1D:

  • T1D is an autoimmune disease wherein the immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas
  • T1D has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle
  • There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D…and nothing you can do to get rid of it
  • T1D strikes children and adults suddenly, and at any age
  • People with T1D must inject or infuse insulin to survive but insulin is not a cure
  • Complications of T1D include kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, heart attack and stroke
  • 1.25M Americans are living with T1D and 40,000 are diagnosed each year
  • By 2050, it is estimated that 5M people in the US will have T1D
  • T1D-associated healthcare costs total $14B each year
  • T1D is associated with an estimated loss of life expectancy of up to 13 years

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Resources for Supporting JDRF


JDRF's Partner Handbook for Delta Tau Delta

Fundraising Toolkit

JDRF Karnea Presentation

Ways to Support JDRF


Reach out to your local chapter visit https://www.jdrf.org/ to find a chapter near you) to find out about volunteer opportunities. Whether one brother wants to come into the JDRF office, 10 brothers want to help out with a JDRF Gala or the entire Chapter wants to help the JDRF One Walk run smoothly, JDRF has an opportunity for you.


There are many ways to raise funds for life-changing T1D research. These include:

JDRF One Walk Team: The One Walk is JDRF’s flagship fundraising event and the world's largest type 1 diabetes (T1D) event. Join thousands of people as they raise funds to create a world without T1D. To learn more, find a walk near you or register your team, please visit walk.jdrf.org.

Fundraiser using Team JDRF: Team JDRF is a way that anyone and everyone can partake in the fight against T1D through grassroots fundraising. Create your own custom event, with online registration and fundraising capabilities. To learn more, visit team.jdrf.org or connect with your local JDRF chapter.

Any event to support JDRF: Delt Chapters across the country have come up with many creative ways to support T1D research. Reach out to your local JDRF chapter to start planning an event today.

Fundraise Online: Use JDRF Your Way, a platform for events that require registration and/or collection of money online. When you create an event include Delta Tau Delta in your event name. Once your event is created, a representative from the local JDRF chapter will contact you to answer any questions and to kick start your fundraising.

Have you raised funds through a philanthropy event?

Send all funds raised to your local JDRF Chapter. This change from previous years to allow more accurate revenue tracking. Be sure to include a brief description of the event, the event name including Delta Tau Delta, your chapter designation, the name and contact info for the philanthropy chairman and any information for the local JDRF chapter. Also email lesa.purcell@delts.org when you send a donation to JDRF and share all of the same information including which JDRF chapter you are working with. 

For the Fraternity to record the chapter's donation you must confirm it with the Central Office.


To learn more about how your chapter can support JDRF, contact the Fraternity at Delts@Delts.org.

JDRF Childrens Congress

JDRF Childrens Congress

July 26, 2019

Delta Tau Delta representatives joined more than 160 youth delegates from all 50 states, and six countries gathered in the nation’s capital in July for the JDRF Children’s Congress.

Energized Service for JDRF

Energized Service for JDRF

February 28, 2019

The men of Beta Eta Chapter at the University of Minnesota stepped up to help organizers of the JDRF One Walk in Minneapolis.

JDRF Service Leads to Redskins Ticket Surprise

JDRF Service Leads to Redskins Ticket Surprise

November 22, 2017

When your dad is a huge Washington Redskins fan, and you want to surprise him, why not tweet Washington Redskins’ linebacker, Mason Foster and ask for game tickets?

Cade Baker: T1D Looks Like Me

Cade Baker: T1D Looks Like Me

November 15, 2017

Chapter President Cade Baker (Grand Valley State University, 2019) is one of two members of Iota Upsilon Chapter at Grand Valley State University with type 1 diabetes.

Delt Alumnus Joins JDRF Cause

Delt Alumnus Joins JDRF Cause

Posted by: Jean Lloyd - April 26, 2017

Two worlds came together when Ned Gustafson joined the JDRF International staff in Minneapolis last July. Gustafson was familiar with JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, even before Delta Tau Delta established its partnership with JDRF in 2012.

USF Delt with T1D gives back to JDRF

USF Delt with T1D gives back to JDRF

Posted by: Justin Pyles - March 24, 2017

When Juan Carlos Castillo (University of South Florida, 2018) joined Delta Tau Delta and learned about the Fraternity’s philanthropic partnership with JDRF Castillo knew he was in the right place.

Delt “Taucos” Takes Off as Chapter Fundraiser for JDRF

Delt “Taucos” Takes Off as Chapter Fundraiser for JDRF

Posted by: Jean Lloyd - February 27, 2017

Beta Zeta Chapter at Butler University has a strong history of support for philanthropic causes. They...

Delt Dogs Support JDRF

Delt Dogs Support JDRF

Posted by: Jean Lloyd - January 24, 2017

People like dogs. That’s what members of the Gamma Rho Chapter at the University of Oregon determined when they decided to hold a dog-themed fundraiser in support of JDRF during National Diabetes Awareness Month last November.

Delt Brother: #T1DLooksLikeMe

Delt Brother: #T1DLooksLikeMe

Posted by: Jean Lloyd - January 23, 2017

Michael Rondon (Westminster College, 2017) was just three years old when he was diagnosed with type 1...

How One Chapter Established JDRF Awareness Day

How One Chapter Established JDRF Awareness Day

Posted by: Jean Lloyd - January 23, 2017

Last fall the brothers of Theta Xi Chapter at Eastern Michigan University decided that hosting fundraisers and donating money to JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research, wasn’t enough.

JDRF Top Research Advances

JDRF Top Research Advances

Posted by: Justin Pyles - December 1, 2016

Since the partnership between JDRF and Delta Tau Delta began in 2012, there have been significant advances...