Katie Couric and recipient

"We are tremendously grateful for the research funding from Locks of Love. Particularly during these challenging times for NIH funding, the support of Locks of Love was absolutely crucial to enable us to conduct these groundbreaking studies.

Many people know that Locks of Love donates hairpieces to children suffering from medical hair loss—most often caused by alopecia areata.

But its support of research is equally important. Our goal as scientists is to find a treatment, and eventually cure, for this disease.” Dr. Angela Christiano

Congratulations to Drs. Angela Christiano (right), Raphael Clynes (center), and Julian Mackay-Wiggan (left), and their team at Columbia University Medical Center for their success with an FDA approved drug that has restored hair growth in a small number of patients.

In 2011, Locks of Love continued its initiative to fund research into alopecia areata by awarding Columbia University's Department of Dermatology with a three-year commitment of $1 Million in support of their genetics research of alopecia areata. In November, 2013, Locks of Love extended its commitment with an additional $1.5 Million to support these specific clinical trials.

View the CUMC press release.

Locks of Love is pleased to display the GuideStar Seal. GuideStar is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to revolutionize philanthropy by providing information that advances transparency and promotes charitable giving. GuideStar presents information in an easy-to-understand format while remaining neutral and encourages users to make informed decisions.

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The LJAF Giving Library is a new online video library that will serve as a tool for active and engaged philanthropists to survey the landscape of giving opportunities in an efficient and detailed manner and to connect with participating non-profits. Donors can explore the online archive of video interviews to locate, study, compare and engage with hundreds of non-profit organizations across the country. Click here to view the video for Locks of Love!

In 2011, Locks of Love continued its initiative to fund research into medical hair loss by awarding Columbia University's Department of Dermatology with a three-year commitment of $1 Million in support of their ongoing human clinical trials in the treatment of alopecia areata.

Locks of Love Spotlight in

the Chicago Tribune

Locks of Love is honored to be a part of Media Planet's report on Pediatric Health & Wellness featured in the Chicago Tribune on December 15, 2010. The report highlights Locks of Love's continued initiative to help more children in need of our services.

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Locks of Love proudly displays the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance seal. The presence of the BBB seal carries great meaning. For donors, the appearance of the seal is a clear and concise sign that the charity meets the Alliance’s Standards for Charity Accountability.

Before national charities can even apply to use the seal, they must undergo evaluation by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, the nation’s most experienced charity evaluator. And the evaluation process is anything but superficial. It involves rigorous scrutiny of a charity’s governance, effectiveness, finances and solicitations and informational materials. The standards go beyond what government regulators require.

Only organizations that come through an Alliance review with a “meets standards” conclusion are eligible to participate in the seal program. “National charities that display the BBB Wise Giving Alliance seal can do so with pride,” says Art Taylor, President and CEO of the Alliance. “Not only are they attesting to their organizations’ adherence to sound standards, they are helping to increase donor confidence and strengthen public trust in giving.”

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In January 2008, Doug Jardine of Profiles in Caring contacted Locks of Love about filming a segment to tell the story of what we do. Profiles in Caring is a not-for-profit enterprise whose mission is "good news about good work around the world". Profiles in Caring is syndicated both nationally and internationally. Broadcast stations in your area can be found by visiting their website,

To help spread "good news about good work around the world", Profiles in Caring launched the video sharing website, Visit the website to view the Locks of Love documentary, and the many others created by Profiles in Caring.

Since 2006 , Locks of Love has awarded a combined total of $1.2 Million to the University of Miami Department of Dermatology to fund research into alopecia areata. Portions of the grants will fund studies to be conducted with a new excismer laser. Mice who naturally develop alopecia in 20% of their population will afford the scientists their first study group. In addition, approval for treatment in 30 patients has already been received. The gift will also establish an endowment to conduct symposiums on the research findings. With these grants, Locks of Love is expanding its focus in hopes of new treatment possibilities for our recipients.

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