Carla and I gave our first donation to the AAP Foundation in 1992. Since its beginning, we have watched the Foundation flourish into a force we never could have imagined 30 years ago. The Foundation supports a large number of activities, but most important to us is its mission in periodontal education. Our dental schools and perio residencies could not function like they do today without the Foundation. The young people who've decided to come into education because of their Foundation support are keeping periodontics at the forefront of dental schools around the nation. With them, our future is bright. In order to maintain the forward progress periodontal education has made, the Foundation needs YOUR help. We can't say "someone else will do that". We all need to be a part.
We ask that all of you consider donating to this Foundation fundraising effort. Set aside your "margin" on just one periodontal or implant surgery procedure for the Foundation. Give that amount the same day you do the procedure. You will be engaged in an important effort, one that will help the profession that has helped you get where you are today.
Thirty years ago, a visionary group of leaders determined that in order to preserve the specialty of periodontology and ensure its heritage of science and evidence-based practice, a foundation should be formed. For the past three decades, the AAP Foundation has upheld this legacy, and has grown to become synonymous with education, research, and excellence. To date, more than $5 million dollars has been awarded to more than 200 recipients who represent some of the brightest minds and most capable leaders in the field today.
To celebrate this milestone, we've set a goal to raise $240,000 this year to secure the future of the Foundation, and we need your help! The AAPF is challenging each of the eight AAP districts to raise $30,000.
Support the AAP Foundation and help your district win the 30th Anniversary Giving Challenge with your gift today! The AAP district with the highest dollar amount given by the Foundation's birthday, November 19th, 2020, will win. We also truly value participation, so the district with the highest percentage of participation will receive special recognition as well.
The winning district will receive:
- A special ribbon for district members to wear at the Annual Meeting
- Recognition on the Foundation booth, website, and social media
- Special recognition at the Donor Appreciation Reception
- A commemorative lapel pin for every district donor of $30 or more
- Bragging rights!
Donors of $300 or more will receive a commemorative AAP Foundation 30th Anniversary travel mug.
Donors of $3,000 or more will be recognized in the AAP Foundation's 30th Anniversary Society and receive an invitation to the AAP Foundation Donor Appreciation Reception at the AAP Annual Meeting.
Student donors of $30 will be recognized at the Student level of the 30th Anniversary Society.