With a legacy dating back to 1976, the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) is celebrating its 40th year of working on behalf of those whose lives are impacted by lupus. As an independent, nonprofit charitable organization, LFM raises funds to support research focused on understanding the causes, and discovering improved treatments and a cure for the disease.

Our current four-person staff knows that we didn’t build 40 years of LFM by ourselves. Instead, we represent thousands of
donors, persons with lupus, former staff members, board members, researchers, fellows, and advocates who have poured their resources into this mission-driven organization.

Through many milestones – some of those highlighted below – we have made progress, yet we continue to work toward our vision of a world without lupus.


1976 – Incorporate as a Minnesota chapter of LFA

1980 – First Support Group Meeting

1981 – First Student Summer Fellow

1995 – First Research Grant Awarded

1997 – First Twin Cities Walk-a-thon (now the Lupus Walk for Hope)

1998 – First Lupus Golf Classic

1999 – Lupus Foundation of Minnesota Incorporated

1999 – Horizon Emergency Grant Established

2001 – First Lupus Walk for Hope – Rochester

2004 – Office Moved to Bloomington (our current location)

2005 – One Million in Total Research Spending

2009 – 5K Run added to Lupus Walk for Hope events

2010 – Support Group Certification Established

2011 – First Lupus Walk for Hope & 5K Run — Duluth