National Psoriasis Foundation

About the National Psoriasis Foundation


The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is a non-profit, voluntary health agency dedicated to curing psoriatic disease and improving the lives of those affected.

Founded in 1966 from a tiny classified ad in a Portland, Ore. newspaper, the Psoriasis Foundation has evolved to become the leading patient advocacy group for the 7.5 million Americans living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

As emerging research continues to demonstrate the serious, systemic effects of these chronic autoimmune diseases, our highest priority is to find a cure.


National Psoriasis Foundation Strategic Plan: July 1, 2014 - June 30,2019

Our five-year strategic plan is driven by these goals:

1. Accelerate discovery to cure psoriatic disease by:

      • Increasing the number of dollars invested annually by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to more than $19 million—a 50 percent increase;

      • Increasing the number of NIH scientists by 50 percent, for a total of 42 studying psoriatic disease;

      • Creating a community of 1,000 people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis who collaborate in research;

      • Initiating annual progress reports in key areas of psoriatic disease research such as, causes, diagnosis, prevention and cures;

      • Invest 30 percent or more of annual NPF expenses in research.

2. Dramatically improve health outcomes for all with psoriatic disease by:

      • Ensuring 77 percent of those with moderate to severe psoriasis and 62 percent with psoriatic arthritis are on the right treatment — a 50 percent increase;

      • Reducing from 59 to 30 percent the number of individuals who report their disease to be a problem in everyday life;

      • Initiating annual progress reports in key areas of psoriatic disease care and comorbidities;

      • Increase NPF professional membership to 1,700 health care providers.

3. Secure resources to achieve the mission by:

      • Generating $20 million in total revenue;

      • Maintaining a $3 million operating reserve;

      • Doubling the number of volunteers engaged with NPF mission to more than 13,200.

Our Leadership

  • A volunteer Board of Trustees steers the strategic direction of the National Psoriasis Foundation.

  • Our Medical Board, made up of leading national psoriasis experts, provides medical guidance, leadership and advocacy.

  • An executive staff of seasoned non-profit leaders drives the organization to achieve its strategic plan goals.