About the American Osteopathic Foundation

What is the AOF?

Since 1949, the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) has served the osteopathic profession by operating as the philanthropic heart. The AOF is the only national osteopathic foundation that supports and invests in the whole profession by recognizing all osteopathic physicians based on professional merit.

Contributions to the AOF benefit thousands of osteopathic medical professionals through grants, scholarships, and awards to students, physicians, educators, researchers, and osteopathic programs. Since our inception in 1949, we have been supporting programs and initiatives that align with our mission and help us move toward achieving our vision. The more than 11,000 donors include osteopathic physicians, industry benefactors, affiliates and others interested in advancing osteopathic medicine. 

Since its inception, the foundation continues to provide grants, scholarships and awards to osteopathic medical students, DOs, researchers and educators to recognize academic excellence and lifetime achievement.

Who is the AOF?

The AOF is made up of osteopathic physicians, industry benefactors, affiliates, and others interested in advancing osteopathic medicine. We believe that celebrating osteopathic excellence is one of the most important efforts we can undertake to bolster osteopathic medicine and its practitioners. After all, our true impact can be measured only by the legacy of the physicians we've recognized and the patients whose lives have been impacted by their care.

AOF supporters all share a common objective - to create futures in osteopathic medicine. By giving to the AOF, donors commit financially to the AOF's programs, which in turn help students grow into osteopathic physicians and osteopathic physicians give their patients the best care possible.

How does the AOF operate?

The AOF is guided by a Board of Directors, five standing committees, and adhoc committees as needed. The Board oversees all policies, programs, and operations of the AOF. The Board is comprised of dedicated Directors, with two of those being Student members. At least a majority of the voting members must be osteopathic physicians. The other Directors are representatives from industry or other organizations that support the osteopathic profession and AOF's mission.