AFSH Lifetime Giving & VIP Donor Program

Thank you, Donors! The AFSH is grateful to our many donors for helping to support the AFSH mission for furthering research, education and outreach. Each week, the Hand Society recognizes new donations received in the Weekly Member Update newsletter which is distributed to all members each Friday.  Donors are listed by their Lifetime Giving Club which represents the total amount they have contributed to the Hand Foundation.

Donors may check their lifetime giving status at any time by visiting the “My Donations” section online within their ASSH account (login required).  All donors have an account record.  You do not need to be a member to become a donor of the AFSH.

Lifetime Giving Donor Clubs:

Amounts refer to total lifetime contributions to the AFSH.

Platinum, $100,000+
Diamond, $50,000-$99,999
Sapphire, $25,000-$49,999 

Ruby, $20,000-$24,999 
Emerald, $15,000-$19,999 
Gold, $10,000-$14,999 

Silver, $5,000-$9,999 
Bronze, $1,000-$4,999 
Honor Roll, $1-$999

VIP Donor Program - New!

In 2018, the AFSH is excited to roll out a new “VIP” Donor Program.  This new offering will replace our previous Giving Circle recognition program which was tied to previous capital campaigns.  With a renewed focus on the AFSH Annual Giving campaign, the new VIP program will recognize both total lifetime giving and those who annually support the Foundation.

VIP donors will include anyone whose lifetime giving is $10,000 or higher (“Gold” level+) and has made a $1,000 annual donation during the calendar year.  This new formula recognizes both those who have previously made a large capital campaign gift, and those who continue to give regularly, year after year.  Our goal is support the core program work of the Foundation and recognize the donors who help us achieve the important research, education, and outreach work members and volunteers complete each year.  

Note, those currently part of a Giving Circle will continue to automatically receive VIP status through the end of 2019.  Beginning in 2019, Giving Circle members will be asked to donate $1,000 to join the new VIP Donor Program.  Those still actively paying off an existing pledge will continue to enjoy VIP donor status for the duration of their pledge.  A big thank goes out to all of you who have helped make our past capital campaigns a success and for helping to fund big initiatives like the Touching Hands Project, the $100K two-year clinical research award, and many of our named awards recognizing mentors, leaders and institutions.  We look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in 2018 and on!

Additionally, we are happy to announce that the Order of the Complus Manus will continue to be offered to both Candidate Members and new ASSH Active Members (<3) as part of our pledged giving program.  Anyone who joins the Complus Manus and maintains active status will also receive “VIP” donor status.  Visit our Complus Manus page for additional details.

VIP Donor Benefits

  • Invitation to AFSH Reception at the ASSH Annual Meeting
  • Access to VIP Lounge at the Annual Meeting
  • Access to an exclusive AFSH Housing Block at an upscale hotel at the Annual Meeting
  • Annual recognition in the Journal of Hand Surgery as a VIP Donor
  • Special recognition in the AFSH Annual Report
  • Pride in knowing you support the premier hand and upper extremity in driving research breakthroughs, innovative education initiatives, and important outreach work supporting the underserved.

VIP Eligibility 

2018 eligibility for annual “VIP” donor status at the ASSH Annual Meeting:

  1. Platinum level status ($100K+) OR
  2. All Leadership Circle / Founders Circle donors (through 2019*) OR
  3. Active Complus Manus status OR
  4. Lifetime Giving of $50K+ AND annual donation of any amount (current calendar year) – OR –
  5. Lifetime Giving of $10K+ AND $1,000 annual donation (current calendar year)

*After 2019, those at the Leadership Circle or Founders Circle level will need to make an annual donation of $1,000 to receive benefits in the current year.

Not sure if you're eligible? Login here to view your donation history.

Pathway to “VIP” Status:

Candidate Members (CM) or New Active Members (AC) who have joined within the last three years.   $1,500 (CM) or $3,000 (AC) pledged over 3-years Benefits are enjoyed as long as CM is maintained and/or donor is an Active Member (under 8 years of membership).
Platinum Lifetime Giving Donor Club ($100K+)   Cumulative, lifetime giving of $100,000+ Never expires.
Diamond Lifetime Giving Donor Club ($50K+)   Cumulative, lifetime giving of $50,000+ AND    donation of any amount received in current,    calendar year.    
Gold Lifetime Giving Donor Club ($10K+) or    higher lifetime giving level   Cumulative, lifetime giving of $10,000+ AND $1,000 donation received in current calendar year.
Benefactors Circle ($50K pledge),
Leadership Circle ($20-25K pledge),
Founders Circle ($10-15K pledge)
  $10K-$50K pledged over a 2-5 year period    (concluding in 2019) Expires 12/31/2019.


Giving Circles

The Giving Circle donor recognition program was established to support the 2006-2010 and 2011-2015 capital campaigns.  Giving circle program benefits will conclude in 2019 to correspond with the conclusion of the pledge period tied to the last campaign.  

Giving Circle Levels and pledge options:

  • Benefactor Circle - $50,000+ (pledged over 5 years)
  • Leadership Circle - $20,000 - $49,999 (pledged over 4-5 years)
  • Founders Circle - $10,000 - $19,999 (pledged over 2-3 years)

Note, the Foundation is not currently accepting new pledges as part of the Giving Circle program.  Questions about the Giving Circle program may be directed to [email protected].