Our Mission:

To lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

The Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit with nearly 50 local organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against seizures since 1968. The Foundation is an unwavering ally for individuals and families impacted by epilepsy and seizures. The Foundation works to prevent, control, and cure epilepsy through community services; public education; federal and local advocacy; and supporting research into new treatments and therapies. The Foundation works to ensure that people with seizures have the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest potential.

How is the Money Invested?

The Epilepsy Foundation’s (The Foundation) is funded through the generous gifts of individual donors and many differing partner organizations, including corporations and corporate foundations, member organizations and both state and federal government agencies, including the Center for Disease Control.

The Foundation’s generous donors have the right to know how their dollars are invested in the fight to stop seizures and SUDEP (sudden unexplained death in epilepsy), find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance dictates that nonprofit organizations should spend at least 65% of their total expenses on programs, research and services, and no more than 35% on fundraising. We are proud to say the graph below depicts the Epilepsy Foundation is well within those limits; in fact, at 13%, we are well below the 35% fundraising limit, and $.79 of every dollar is used to fund research into new therapies, education and awareness, and advocacy efforts.