The Foundation handles management, administrative, and fundraising responsibilities for both the members’ Disaster Relief Fund and Donated Orthodontic Services program.
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) announced that the AAO Foundation (AAOF) will now be responsible for management, administrative, and fundraising for the members’ Disaster Relief Fund and Donated Orthodontic Services program.
According to the AAO, the Foundation accepted its new responsibilities following a recent AAOF Board decision to expand its mission statement.
“We are now delighted to take on a new role in delivering valuable services that also serve the specialty in significant ways,” Orhan C. Tuncay, DMD, AAOF president, said. “This change will mean a positive expansion of the Foundation’s identity as the charitable arm of the AAO. We hope that the many AAO members who have generously supported our education and research awards over the years will continue to do so, and also add support to the programs that are new to us.”
“Transitioning the Disaster Relief Fund and the Donated Orthodontic Services program to the Foundation will bring to these important programs the AAOF’s expertise in fund-raising, as well as management and communication efficiencies,” said Christopher A. Roberts, DDS, MS, AAO president. “The AAO Board very much appreciates the Foundation’s willingness to take on these new duties.”
According to the association, all contributions to the AAO Foundation will continue to be allocated according to the preferences designated by the donors.