DiabetesSisters receives $200,000 grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to improve outcomes for women with Type 1 diabetes

DiabetesSisters receives $200,000 grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to improve outcomes for women with Type 1 diabetes

Media Contact: Ellica Church, Development & Marketing Manager
919-361-2012 or ellica@diabetessisters.org

September 24, 2013


DiabetesSisters receives $200,000 grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to improve outcomes for women with Type 1 diabetes


DURHAM, NC – DiabetesSisters has been awarded a 17-month, $200,000 grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to advance programs and services for women with diabetes.

As the only international nonprofit focused exclusively on women with diabetes, DiabetesSisters has been working since 2008 to improve their health and quality of life through education, peer support and advocacy.  More than 10,000 women worldwide are members of DiabetesSisters and connect through online blogs and forums, as well as in-person monthly small group meetings and national conferences.

The Helmsley Charitable Trust grant will build DiabetesSisters’ capacity to deliver more programs and services for women with type 1 diabetes (T1D), an autoimmune disease in which the body stops making insulin, including expansion of the signature Weekend for Women Conference to more cities throughout the United States.  These national conferences have connected and educated more than 750 women with diabetes and their families since 2010.  The Conference provides women and their partners a full weekend of peer support activities and interactive expert sessions to empower them to improve their diabetes self-management.

In addition, funds will support expansion of the signature PODS (Part of DiabetesSisters) Meetup Program – monthly small group meetings for women with diabetes held across the United States and Canada – and staff resources to support expansion of core programs. This is the second grant DiabetesSisters has received from The Helmsley Charitable Trust. DiabetesSisters received a $100,000 grant in 2012.

“Thirteen million women in the United States are living day-to-day with the challenges of diabetes and our goal is to ensure no woman is alone in her diabetes journey,” said Brandy Barnes, Founder & CEO of DiabetesSisters.  “This funding from the Helmsley Charitable Trust will allow us to reach many more women who otherwise would have felt alone, isolated, and unmotivated to manage their diabetes.”

The Helmsley T1D Program was founded in 2008 with the goal of improving the lives of people with T1D by funding innovative approaches to technology, research, outreach, and addressing the systemic barriers to improving patient care.  The program’s outreach grantmaking supports the development of community-based organizations that work to improve the lives of people living with and impacted by type 1 diabetes in the United States and abroad by providing support services, education resources and peer networking opportunities. 

“DiabetesSisters plays a unique and vitally important role in the world of diabetes, as it has filled a void of resources and services specifically tailored to women,” said Dr. Eliot Brenner, Program Director of the Helmsley T1D program.  “We are pleased to help DiabetesSisters as it continues to build out its capacity and expand its reach to support the growing population of women globally who face the challenge of living with T1D.”

Funds from this generous grant will be used to expand DiabetesSisters programming and operations through December 2014.

About DiabetesSisters
A 501c3 nonprofit, DiabetesSisters is the only organization worldwide focusing exclusively on women with diabetes.  Our mission is to improve the health and quality of life of women with diabetes and those at risk of developing diabetes, and to advocate on their behalf. DiabetesSisters has a 10,000-member peer network that unites women with diabetes for the purpose of support, education and advocacy.  Signature programs include monthly small group meetings (PODS Meetups) throughout the U.S. and Canada; Weekend for Women Conferences throughout the U.S.; the orange:will national campaign; Partner’s Perspective Program; and online blogs, forums and expert resources.  For more information, visit www.diabetessisters.org.

About the Helmsley Charitable Trust
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective organizations in a variety of selected areas.  Since 2008, when the Trust began its active grantmaking, it has committed more than $900 million.  The Helmsley Type 1 Diabetes Program is the largest private funder of T1D-related research, treatment and support programs. For more information, please visit www.helmsleytrust.org.