History

The Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California originated in two separate nonprofit organizations that merged in 2012.

The Celiac Sprue Research Foundation (CSRF) was founded as a non-profit public charity in 2002 by Stanford chemist and engineer Chaitan Khosla, in collaboration with Gary Gray, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Medicine, and others in the Stanford community, in an effort to find a drug therapy for celiac disease. In 2005, Stanford University licensed the technology to Alvine Pharmaceuticals, which continues to develop that product.

In 2007, CSRF began sponsoring Camp Celiac in cooperation with The Taylor Family Foundation, the YMCA, and the East Bay Regional Parks District. As it was no longer needed to support the university’s research, but had developed an important community role, the Celiac Sprue Research Foundation was transferred to the community under new leadership in early 2012. Renamed as the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California (CCFNC), it continues to administer Camp Celiac.

CCFNC immediately expanded its community services by merging with a second nonprofit organization, North Bay Celiacs, a community group founded by Jennifer Iscol in 2007.

The Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California collaborates frequently with the Celiac Disease Foundation and the American Celiac Disease Alliance on education, awareness and advocacy.