Greater LA’s Leading Alzheimer’s Nonprofit Separates from National Alzheimer’s Association
LOS ANGELES– The Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter announced today its decision to separate from the national Alzheimer’s Association, creating Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles (ALZGLA), serving Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The announcement by Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles formalizes the decision by its Board on December 16, 2015.
“Our Board and Executive staff believe that the growing needs of the communities we serve are best met by separating, rather than consolidating into a single nationally directed group, headquartered far from the individuals and families we have been serving for more than three decades.”
“As an organization separate from a national entity, Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles will be able to expand upon our ability to provide client centered, innovative and responsive programs and services that directly meet the needs of our communities,” said Susan Galeas, president and CEO of Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles. “We look forward to a more nimble and creative future that fully encompasses our mission and focuses on care, inspiration and hope. With 100 percent of funding staying local, we will be better able to do more in every area.”
The move to separate came after the National Alzheimer’s Association’s board of directors voted this past October to consolidate all local chapters into a single entity controlled from its Chicago headquarters. With the decision to separate, 100 percent of all money raised by Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles will stay local for care and support, advocacy, and research. Prior to the separation, 40 percent of unrestricted donations were sent to the national organization. As a separate organization, there will be greater freedom to partner with major local, national and international cause-related nonprofits, funders and businesses.