Success! AFSH 25th Anniversary Campaign raises more than $8 Million

March 1, 2016

25th Anniversary Campaign: Our Future in Hand
To reach, to teach, to touch the lives of our patients.

The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand was founded by the ASSH Council with the goal of providing funding to support educational services, to stimulate research, and to increase the outreach efforts of the Hand Society.  Our goal with the 25th Anniversary Campaign was to raise $5 million dollars in support of three new, dedicated giving buckets: research, education, and outreach.  We asked members to help us reach new levels of investigative study, to teach young hand surgeons, and to touch the lives of those in underserved communities by supporting outreach missions.

Thanks to your help WE DID IT!  Our comprehensive capital campaign raised $8,409,894 from September 2011 through December 2015.

A few campaign highlights include: 

  • New Named Funds established, generating new awards and accolades, including the Gelberman Scholar and Kleinert Fellowship programs supporting young hand surgeons.
  • Heritage Society established, recognizing members who have made a planned gift.
  • New AFSH.org website created.
  • $100K two-year Multi-Center Clinical Grant awarded.
  • $100K two-year Clinical Arthritis Grant awarded.
  • $187,500 five-year Hand Surgeon Scientist Grant awarded.
  • $400,000 five-year joint AFSH/ACS $400K Research Career Development Grant awarded.
  • Robert A. Chase Library and Museum established to preserve rich history of hand surgery.
  • Innovation in Education grants program begins to seed-fund innovative educational initiatives.
  • Dedicated Annual Meeting Fellows workshop providing hands-on learning.
  • First Touching Hands Project outreach mission completed in Haiti in 2014.
  • Increased participation in the Annual Meeting Traveling Scholarship program, providing travel support to residents, fellows, and active duty military.

Be on the lookout for the full 25th Anniversary Campaign report in April 2016!