About The Foundation



Make a year-end gift to the Foundation! Donate online​ before January 1.​


Thank you for meeting the Women's Leadership Matching Challenge!

Earlier this year, AOFAS Immediate Past President Thomas H. Lee, MD, challenged all AOFAS stakeholders to contribute $50,000 for ​the new Women's Leadership Initiative and Awards Program, which he will match. Thanks to generous support from individuals and industry, we are pleased to announce that we have reached this goal!

Watch the video below to learn more about this new initiative and make a donation today​ to demonstrate your support for female AOFAS members.

Congratulations to Ruth L. Thomas, MD, recipient of the 2018 Women's Leadership Award, and Su-Young Bae, MD, PhD, recipient of the 2018 Women's International Leadership Award! Read about them here​.​​​​​​​​

The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation, the fundraising arm of the AOFAS, is a separate 501(c)(3) organization that advances the mission of the AOFAS by funding and promoting essential education, research and humanitarian endeavors.​

Generous donations to The Foundation from individuals and industry support key AOFAS programs.​ Make a donation online.​

 A Message from Foundation Past President Bryan D. Den Hartog, MD


Investing in the future ​of the profession. The AOFAS programs funded by The Foundation enhance resident e​ducation and encourage early interest in the orthopaedic foot and ankle specialty. Programs include:



Discovering new treatments to improve patient care. The AOFAS Research Grants Program provides vital start-up funding for promising foot and ankle research projects. Grants of up to $5,000, $20,000 and $60,000 are awarded annually. Funding is awarded on a competitive basis based on a blinded NIH-review of grant applications.

Leading the way in patient-reported outcomes research. With support from The Foundation, the AOFAS is developing the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Outcomes Research Network (OFAR) to collect and share data on treatment outcomes. The pilot program will validate the instruments and identify best practices to increase success in collecting patient outcomes data. In the future, the instruments and the aggregated data will be available to all AOFAS members for research, registries, and patient care initiatives.

Humanitarian Service 

Opening doors for volunteer outreach and professional growth. The Overseas Outreach Project to Vietnam provides life-changing surgery and challenging professional experiences. Since 2002, AOFAS volunteers have performed surgery on more than 1,400 disabled children and adults and evaluated more than 3,200 patients in clinics, all at no cost to the patients. AOFAS members work side-by-side with Vietnamese orthopaedic surgeons in cities and villages in northern Vietnam.


 Thank You to Our Donors


The Foundation could not provide its essential programs without the generous support of members and friends of the AOFAS.

Thank you for your contributions.  

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 Support The Foundation


Campaign 50 aims to raise $3 million by 2019 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the AOFAS. These funds will help The Foundation expand its programs, as well as develop new initiatives to engage young physicians, increase public awareness and enhance patient care. 

Help us reach our goal by giving today! 

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 Foundation At a Glance