AAOS to Manage Fundraising Activities

For many years, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) has served as the fund raiser for AAOS orthopaedic education programs. Recently, however, the OREF Board of Trustees decided to refocus the organization’s emphasis on raising funds for research rather than education (See “OREF, OMeGA Reach Agreement on Fellowship Funding,” AAOS Now, July 2013).

At its meeting on Sept. 20, 2013, the AAOS Board of Directors agreed that AAOS would assume responsibility for its own fundraising activities for corporate grants and management of the AAOS Education Enhancement Fund. This was an amicable decision between the AAOS and the OREF, and the two organizations will continue to work together on other initiatives.

According to Ramon Jimenez, MD, OREF president, “Over time, OREF has tried to be many things to many individuals and groups, and therefore lost its clarity of mission. A comprehensive review showed that the organization was straying from its critical purpose—to support orthopaedic research.

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