National Alopecia Areata Foundation

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) serves the community of people affected by an autoimmune skin disease called alopecia areata that results in hair loss and emotional pain. NAAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1981 and headquartered in San Rafael, CA. Our Federal Tax ID# is 94-2780249.


National Alopecia Areata Foundation supports research to find a cure or acceptable treatment for alopecia areata, supports those with the disease, and educates the public about alopecia areata.


An empowered community with a choice to embrace or live free of alopecia areata.



We create and nurture positive change for the future of our community.


We enhance the ability to mentally and emotionally cope with adversity.


We wield influence to create awareness and effect real change.


We listen to understand and demonstrate care through meaningful support.


We build strength and confidence through connections, tools and resources.


Community members across the U.S.


Spent by NAAF for funding research


Meetings with State Legislators

Our History

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF), headquartered in San Rafael, CA, funds research to find a cure or acceptable treatment for alopecia areata, supports those with the disease, and advocates on their behalf. Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune disease affecting nearly 7 million Americans that results in total or partial loss of scalp and body hair.

Founded in 1981, NAAF is widely regarded as the largest and most representative alopecia areata advocacy organization. NAAF connects with the alopecia areata community, including patients, family members, healthcare providers, and researchers through its support programs, email newsletters, website, research summits, and annual patient conference.

NAAF is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit and a Candid Platinum-Rated charity and meets the rigorous standards of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance and the National Health Council.

Strategic Plan

At the end of 2022,the NAAF leadership team and board finalized a 3 Year Strategic Plan, sharpening focus on 4 primary goals and 9 key objectives that align with NAAF’s mission, vision and values. These goals reflect NAAF’s plan to evolve and grow with the changing landscape of care for, and needs of, the alopecia areata community. The plan was built with extensive stakeholder feedback, gathered through surveys and interviews, and stewarded by a Board Task Force. We thank the community for their participation, and we are pleased to share the 2023-2025 Strategic Goals and Objectives.

Strategic Plan


The National Alopecia Areata Foundation’s Industry Partner Program (IPP) drives efficiency and improves research by connecting bio-pharmaceutical companies with patients, clinicians, researchers, healthcare payors, and government agencies to accelerate the discovery and development of safe and effective treatments. NAAF’s Industry Partners include a diverse group of engaged, committed allies interested in developing or re-purposing effective therapies for alopecia areata.

Our Partnerships

Get In Touch!

65 Mitchell Boulevard,
Suite 200-B
San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 472-3780