About NAAF

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.   


NAAF 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.


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

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

  • Advocacy: We wield influence to create awareness and effect real change.

  • Compassion: We listen to understand and demonstrate care through meaningful support.

  • Empowerment: We build strength and confidence through connections, tools and resources.


NAAF is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors with advice from two Research Advisory Councils--the Basic Research Advisory Council and the Clinical Research Advisory Council. NAAF consistently meets or exceeds the rigorous standards of excellence for good governance and transparency set forth by the National Health Council and the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.


To carry out our mission NAAF staff members serve our constituents in three primary program areas: support, awareness & advocacy, and research to find a treatment or cure. Highlights from each program area are presented in our award-winning Annual Reports and Newsletters.