LGBTQ+ Equity and Inclusion Fund

The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) envisions a world without discrimination based on sexual LGBTQ Rainbow ribbon with red heartorientation or gender identity, where health disparities do not exist. Those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, or queer (LGBTQ+) are provided with excellent healthcare in an environment free from prejudice.

The AOF recently established the LGBTQ+ Equity and Inclusion Fund to better understand and to address the healthcare needs of the LGBTQ+ community.

To create lasting, systemic change, we are building a three-pronged platform.

  • First, we will reach LGBTQ+ students throughout the profession through recognition, outreach, and educational scholarships.
  • Second, we will address the complex needs of the LGBTQ+ community, and those that serve the LGBTQ+ community, through CME training and continuing education.
  • Third, we will encourage leaders in the field of LGBTQ+ health disparities by providing a Fellowship program, for physicians who aspire to become experts in the field, thereby creating national expert advocates, researchers, teachers, and trainers for this generation and those to come. 


To reach this audacious goal, we need allies, and we are seeking them now.

If you are interested in being an ally and helping to eliminate LGBTQ+ health disparities and improve the overall health of LGBTQ+ patients across the United States, let us know. Together we can reverse the negativity and change the landscape to ensure all LGBTQ+ individuals are provided the unconditional medical treatment they deserve.  

To donate online - select "other" and type in LGBTQ+ Fund in the open line. If you'd prefer to mail a check, please make it payable to "AOF" and write LGBTQ+ Fund on the memo line and mail to 142 East Ontario Street, Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60611.

For pledges or gifts of securities, please contact AOF Director of Development, Terry Sanders at or 312.202.8230 and let her know you'd like to be an ally.


Consider joining the LGBTQ+ Founders Circle

The American Osteopathic Foundation’s LGBTQ+ Founders Circle is made up of members who, deeply committed to the success of the program, commit a minimum of $10,000 to help establish the American Osteopathic Foundation’s LGBTQ+ Equity & Inclusion Fund.

Download the PDF iconcommitment form.