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About Us

The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand was founded by the Council of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand in February of 1986. The purposes for creating the Foundation were to address the rising expense of providing Continuing Medical Education (CME) and allow the Hand Society to remain committed to its mission of providing continuing education. The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand is governed by a Board of Trustees under the direction of the Chair, Richard H. Gelberman, MD.

Our Mission

The mission of the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand is to advance the care of hand and upper extremity disorders by supporting education, research and outreach through the efficient collection of donations and administration of grants.

25th Anniversary Campaign: Our Future in Hand

Campaign Vision: To Reach, To Teach, To Touch the Lives of Our Patients.

In 2011, the AFSH launched its 25th Anniversary Campaign: Our Future in Hand. Support the campaign by designating your gift to Research, Education, or Outreach. Learn more about how your donation is put to work by watching our campaign video:

New! Touching Hands Project

The Touching Hands Project is a new clinical outreach program which will help fund ASSH members to serve on short term "missions" to underserved communities. Learn more about the project.

Interested in volunteering? Contact Angie Legaspi at for details.

Make a donation in support of the Touching Hands Project.

Ways to Give to the Foundation

Make a one-time donation online:

Make a multi-year pledge online:

Setup an auto-payment plan by credit card:

Download the auto-pay form and return it to or fax to (847) 384-1435.

Donate by check:

Make your check payable to AFSH:

Dept 2026, PO Box 87916
Carol Stream, IL 60188

Donate to the OREF and direct your donation to the AFSH:

For donors making a gift of $1,000 or more, the first $500 of your gift supports OREF.  Funds above that amount may be designated to the AFSH.  For  gifts up to $999.99, you may designate that OREF shares 50% of your gift with AFSH.

OREF has updated their designating giving process.  Please be sure to write-in that you would like to designate your gift to:

 "American Society for Surgery of the Hand/AFSH"

 Learn more at

Donate Stock:

AFSH account is with Raymond James
Account #: 2588 8907
DT #: 0725

AFSH Tax ID #: 74-2428242

Phone: (800) 366-4904
See stock donation form for details.

Make the AFSH the beneficiary of a Life Insurance Policy or the beneficiary of a will:

Learn more about joining the AFSH Heritage Society

Pledge Your Support by joining a Giving Circle!

A pledged commitment to the AFSH is one of the many ways you can be a part of the work we are doing. Your pledge represents your partnership in our ongoing mission to advance the care of hand and upper extremity disorders. Choose to restrict your gift to a specific named fund, or apply your donation towards one of our major giving buckets: Research, Education, or Outreach. The AFSH has a giving level for every career stage. Learn more.

Contribute to a Fund

The Foundation has a rich history of supporting named gifts to support fellowships, lectures, awards, and outreach programs. Learn more.

Contact the AFSH


Phone: (312) 880-1900

Fax: (847) 384-1435


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