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Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Care, and Support Fund

History of the Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Support Fund

There are 230,000 Illinoisians currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Fund (ADRF) is a special state fund supported by Illinois taxpayers’ contributions through annual state income tax returns. From 1985-2020, the fund granted awards to Illinois researchers to investigate biomedical, technical, or psychosocial studies pertaining to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

As a result of legislation passed in 2019, the name of the fund was changed to the "Alzheimer's Disease Research, Care, and Support Fund" and the funding was shifted from small grants to funding the IDPH dementia coordinator position, Alzheimer's data collection, and the overall implementation of the Illinois Alzheimer's Disease State Plan (see 410 ILCS 410/3.2). Thus, the name change reflects the now broader nature of the usage of the tax checkoff funding.

History of the Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Support Fund

Monies collected via the Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Care, and Support Fund are used for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) efforts in Illinois. The IDPH Dementia Program coordinator and Dementia Program team utilize the fund to create and to implement programs that support and serve persons with ADRD and their caregivers. Past and current programs include Awareness of Alzheimer’s Services and Supports, Early Detection Physician Training, Early Detection Education and Outreach, Dementia Early Planning for Diverse Populations, and Dementia Caregiver Support for Underserved Populations.

How to Donate

You can donate a portion of your state tax refund to assist people impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia by supporting the Illinois Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Care, and Support Fund. All of the monies donated help with efforts in Illinois. If tax filers are using the MyTax Illinois online system (rather than filing on paper), the option to donate to these funds is also available toward the end of the filing process. If you are filing your taxes via paper, click here to download the Schedule G form to complete and send with your return to the Illinois Revenue Service.


Alzheimer's Research Tax Checkoff Fund

Donate Your Tax Return to Alzheimer's Research


Support Alzheimer's research & care with a tax-deductible donation to the Alzheimer's Research Tax Checkoff Fund.