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 nonprofit public charity in 2002 by Stanford Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering 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 is developing a pharmaceutical treatment for celiac disease.
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.
At the time it was transferred to the community, CCFNC merged with North Bay Celiacs, a nonprofit founded by Jennifer Iscol in 2007.
The Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California collaborates with the Celiac Disease Foundation on education, awareness and advocacy.