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Friday, March 17, 2000

Foundation expanding its partnerships

By Judy Sherr

The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), established in 1955, is recognized as the one foundation serving the entire orthopaedic community. As a result, OREF has developed productive partnerships with the Academy and its fellowship, the COMSS subspecialty organizations and the orthopaedic industry. With the support and commitment of these organizations and their members, OREF has been able to provide more than $40 million through more than 1,200 grants to fund high quality research and education.

Through the creation of a designated giving program, OREF has made it possible for surgeons and corporations to designate a portion of their gift to all COMSS members and AAOS. In turn, these expanded giving opportunities have led to Specialty Society and AAOS contributions totaling nearly $4 million.

In addition to partnerships with AAOS and COMSS, OREF has developed working relationships with groups such as AOA. An example of such an effort is the co-sponsorship of the AOA-OREF Residents' Research Conference. This national academic meeting affords young orthopaedists the opportunity to network with current and future leaders in orthopaedics, while building upon their current orthopaedic knowledge base.

OREF also is continuing to strengthen mutually rewarding partnerships with industry. Corporations continue to play a pivotal role in OREF's Corporate Associates Program (CAP). Through the CAP, corporations are provided with diverse and innovative funding opportunities that were not available in the past. These new avenues are better able to meet the needs and interests of industry while fulfilling OREF's financial goals in funding research and education. Although 35 companies currently participate in the CAP, it is anticipated that the number of participating companies will dramatically increase as they learn more about the program and its benefits to the orthopaedic community.

In an attempt to coordinate our efforts with industry, OREF and AAOS have developed the Corporate Relations Advisory Group. This group meets regularly to discuss proposed educational programs and products that are of value to the fellowship, yet contingent upon outside funding. OREF helps these proposals become a reality by securing financial support from corporations that possess a keen interest in furthering orthopaedic research and education.

As the foundation for the orthopaedic community, OREF will continue to explore ways to best serve the specialty. The OREF Board strongly believes that this mission can be accomplished by establishing partnerships with organizations in the specialty which share the common goal of maximizing the available dollars to support high quality research and educational programs.

Judy Sherr is director of corporate relations and strategic philanthropy, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation.

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