Mission, Impact and History

Who We Are

The American Liver Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with dedicated staff and national board of directors  who bring a range of medical expertise to bear on how we fulfill our mission. We are always seeking passionate individuals to join our organization. Visit our careers page to learn more.

Our Vision

A world without liver disease.

Our Mission

ALF’s mission is to promote education, advocacy, support services and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.

Core Values

These values guide our work as volunteers and staff of the American Liver Foundation as we move toward our ultimate goal of a world without liver disease. By living these values every day, we offer hope to all those affected by liver disease.


We are leaders in the fight against liver disease. We advance the interests of people affected by liver disease through individual and team achievements. We welcome opportunities for change, growth and collaboration. New ideas and creative solutions are encouraged, and we are willing to take calculated risks.


We are honest and straightforward in all that we do. We act in good faith, deliver on our promises and commitments, and are accountable for our actions. We act responsibly with resources entrusted to us.


Through creativity and hard work, we provide education for liver health and prevention of liver disease to diverse populations, accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, promote quality health care, stimulate community resources and services, advocate for favorable government policies and are the world’s best source of information about liver disease. We strive to improve quality of life while searching for cures for all people coping with these diseases.


We set high standards of performance and service delivery as we work toward advancing our mission. We embrace innovation and strive for quality in all that we do.


We treat everyone with dignity and promote open communication and an environment that values fairness and inclusiveness. We recognize our volunteers and staff as our most valued resources. We are passionate in our commitment to people affected by liver disease.


Although liver disease is among the ten major causes of death in the United States, there was no national voluntary health agency devoted exclusively to combating liver diseases until 1976, when the American Liver Foundation was formed.

The American Liver Foundation was created in 1976 by the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD). This organization of scientists and healthcare professionals was concerned with the rising incidence of liver disease and the lack of awareness among both the general public and the medical community. The mission, the programs and the services provided by American Liver Foundation complement the great work of AASLD.

No other voluntary organization in the nation provides a voice for the 100 million Americans with liver disease. Read about how this was accomplished in our timeline 40 Years in the Making created on our anniversary in 2016.

American Liver Foundation makes a measurable difference in the fight against liver disease by providing financial support for medical research, education for medical professionals, and advocacy and information for patients and their families, and by creating public awareness campaigns about liver wellness and disease prevention.

Last updated on September 14th, 2023 at 02:44 pm

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