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  • Congratulations on choosing endodontics as your specialty. You are beginning a career that delivers a lifetime of professional rewards. Saving teeth, mastering new technology, learning advanced clinical techniques and leading a comfortable lifestyle are just a few of the benefits. But, this specialty offers another more significant opportunity. Endodontics provides us with the means to make a difference. It gives us the ability to make the world better -- not just for ourselves, but for our school, our community, our church or wherever our hearts find a compelling need. Philanthropy is both powerful and exciting. It allows you to change the future. For many, charitable activities become the most fulfilling work they do. Although your experience with philanthropy may be limited, it is never too early to begin exploring where you could make an impact. As you investigate the possibilities, I hope you will consider the AAE Foundation.
  • Its mission is: to inspire and support research and the genesis of new knowledge in endodontics, to enhance educational programs and opportunities and to improve the health of the public.
  • The Foundation invests in the specialty’s growth. It supports research and educational activities that are outside the scope of membership dues and would not otherwise be possible. If endodontists want to guide the development of endodontics, they must set the educational and research agenda. The Foundation is the only source of funding exclusively devoted to advancing endodontics.
  • Endodontists must control the specialty’s future development by setting the agenda for research and education
  • Members began to consider how to accomplish that goal. The bottom line was funding – having the financial means to validate clinical practice with science; to make new discoveries; to recruit and retain endodontic educators; to improve educational programs and to define endodontics as the preferred treatment to retain natural teeth. Although the Foundation had been in existence since 1966, there had never been sufficient resources to make an impact. Members knew that the AAE could do better.
  • In 1995, when the fund raising campaign began, the goal was to raise $5 million in five years. At that time it seemed very ambitious. Today over $18 million is invested and another $5.5 million is pledged. More than half of AAE members are donors. This is an unprecedented accomplishment for any association – particularly a smaller group like the AAE.
  • This chart shows the number of endodontic programs participating in the campaign. Of 55 programs, 27 are participating. Since the campaign began, over $1 million has been pledged by students
  • In a very short time, enough money has been raised to implement programs that will impact the future. The Foundation’s policy is to spend 5 percent of the total fund at year-end on grants.
  • $845,307 was budgeted for grants in calendar 2006. More funds will be disbursed than ever before. One of these initiatives addresses a problem that you may have experienced – the crisis in specialty education. Many dental students do not receive endodontic training from a specialist. We all know why. University salaries cannot compete with the financial rewards of private practice. The typical student probably never considers teaching. Those who do, tend to wait until their financial obligations are well behind them. The Endodontic Educator Fellowship Awards address this problem. Fellows receive tuition plus $1,000 monthly for expenses for up to three years. In return, they agree to teach full-time for at least five years. In addition, funds were allocated to support research grants in both the spring and the fall. The Foundation also initiated a special grant to defray the cost of the Annual Session for educators. All full-time educators were eligible to receive a discount of 50% on the registration fee, 50% on the pre-session symposium and $250 for travel expenses -- a total savings of $585.
  • Since 1980 the Foundation has funded over 400 research grants. In calendar 2005 a total of 16 grants were awarded for total funding of $198,976. Grants are reviewed by the AAE’s Research and Scientific Affairs Committee. The committee’s recommendations are presented to the Foundation for approval and funding. Awards are based on scientific excellence and on relevance to the AAE research priorities. The Foundation is currently preparing to initiate a request for proposal process to solicit research on specific scientific topics that are of interest to the AAE members.
  • Pledging is a great way to begin experiencing philanthropy. Payment is deferred until after graduation. Then, pledges at the $2,000 level are payable in annual installments of $400.
  • Pledging is also the key to ensuring that, over time, your giving can expand to include many interests. You may decide to help build a lab at your school, endow a professorship or improve your community in some special way. What ever you choose, the riches you gain from giving are certain to be greater than the dollars you spend.
  • About the Foundation

    1. 1. Sharing a Culture of Philanthropy
    2. 2. Mission of the AAE Foundation <ul><li>• Inspire and support research and the genesis of new knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>• Enhance educational programs and opportunities in endodontics </li></ul><ul><li>• Improve the endodontic health of the public </li></ul>
    3. 3. Why do we need a foundation to support research and education?
    4. 4. The Foundation Puts the Agenda for Research and Education in Your Hands
    5. 5. The endowment fund was created to: <ul><li>• Validate clinical practice with science </li></ul><ul><li>• Support new discoveries </li></ul><ul><li>• Recruit and retain endodontic educators </li></ul><ul><li>• Strengthen educational programs </li></ul><ul><li>• Define endodontics as the preferred treatment to retain healthy dentition </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure the specialty’s leadership in the dental health arena </li></ul>
    6. 6. In 1995, the goal was to raise $5 million in five years. Today about $20 million is invested and another $4.5 million is promised.
    7. 7. Since the Campaign began, over $1 million has been pledged by students! Campaign Participation by Endodontic Programs
    8. 8. Participating Programs <ul><li>Baylor College of Dentistry </li></ul><ul><li>Boston University </li></ul><ul><li>Case Western Reserve University </li></ul><ul><li>Harvard School of Dental Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Loma Linda University </li></ul><ul><li>Louisiana State University </li></ul><ul><li>Nova Southeastern University </li></ul><ul><li>Ohio State University </li></ul><ul><li>Oregon Health & Science University </li></ul><ul><li>Temple University </li></ul><ul><li>University of California, Los Angeles </li></ul><ul><li>University of California, San Francisco </li></ul><ul><li>University of Connecticut </li></ul><ul><li>University of Detroit Mercy </li></ul><ul><li>University of Florida </li></ul><ul><li>University of Illinois at Chicago </li></ul><ul><li>University of Iowa </li></ul><ul><li>University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey </li></ul><ul><li>University of Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>University of Minnesota </li></ul><ul><li>University of North Carolina </li></ul><ul><li>University of Pennsylvania </li></ul><ul><li>University of Southern California </li></ul><ul><li>University of Texas at San Antonio </li></ul><ul><li>US Army Dental Activity, Ft Gordon </li></ul><ul><li>VA Medical Center, Long Beach </li></ul><ul><li>West Virginia University </li></ul><ul><li>Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center </li></ul>
    9. 9. The endowment fund is now large enough to implement programs that will impact the future The policy is to spend 5 percent of the total fund at year-end on grants to research and education
    10. 10. Budgeted for Grants in 2008 Ongoing Initiatives <ul><li>$260,000 for 2008 research grants plus $262,715 for year two of Dr. Walter Bowles project, Factors Affecting Outcomes for Single-Tooth Implants and Endodontic Restorations </li></ul><ul><li>$183,940 for tuition and stipends for 4 current fellows and 2 new fellows </li></ul><ul><li>$67,900 for a grant to educators to attend the Annual Session </li></ul><ul><li>$11,000 for APICES </li></ul>
    11. 11. Budgeted for Grants 2008 cont. New Initiatives <ul><li>$100,000 for a $500 research grant to each new resident. </li></ul><ul><li>$100,000 for a matching grant for an endowed faculty position. </li></ul><ul><li>$100,000 for a Postgraduate Fellowship for an endodontist who has been in practice 10 years or less. </li></ul><ul><li>$31,000 to send educators to the ADEA Institute for Teaching and Learning. The Foundation will pay registration and lodging for a post-graduate fellow to attend the Institute and half the registration and lodging for the first 10 full-time educators who apply to attend. </li></ul><ul><li>$90,000 for an AAE consensus conference to standardize diagnostic terminology. </li></ul>
    12. 13. Grants to Research 2001-2008 <ul><li>$ 2,029,410 in funding awarded </li></ul><ul><li>133 total grants </li></ul><ul><li>To 37 out of 55 schools </li></ul><ul><li>Highest funding awarded to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Minnesota $292,214 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of North Carolina $161,259 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio $133,013 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Baylor College of Dentistry $131,456 </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. Grants to Research 2001-2008
    14. 15. 2004-2005 Fellow Dr. Asma Khan John and Joyce Ingle Fellow Assistant Professor University of North Carolina 2005-2006 Fellows Dr. Natasha Flake Assistant Professor University of Washington Dr. Jennifer Gibbs Assistant Adjunct Professor University of California San Francisco 2003-2004 Fellow Dr. Josef Bringas Assistant Professor University of Detroit Mercy 2002-2003 Fellows Dr. Ayman Aboushala Associate Professor Tufts University Dr. Mo Kwan Kang Jack Weichman Endowed Chair of Endodontics UCLA 2001-2002 Fellows Dr. Mychel Vail Assistant Professor Indiana University Dr. Anne Williamson Program Director University of Iowa 2001-2005 Endodontic Educator Fellowship Award Recipients
    15. 16. Dr. Tri Huynh Assistant Adjunct Professor University of California San Francisco Dr. Drew Brueckner Assistant Professor University of Manitoba Dr. Takashi Komabayashi Assistant Professor Baylor College of Dentistry 2006-2007 Fellows 2007-2008 Fellow 2008-2009 Fellows Dr. Joe Vela University of Iowa Dr. Amir Azarpazhooh University of Toronto
    16. 17. Board of Trustees, 2008-2009 The trustees are elected by the General Assembly. Members serve a three-year term and are eligible for a successive term. Public sector trustees serve for one year and are eligible for re-election to a maximum of five consecutive one-year terms (a total of six years).
    17. 18. Pledging is a great beginning for philanthropy. Payments are deferred until after graduation. Then, pledges at the $2,000 level are payable in annual installments of $400.
    18. 19. Why pledge today? Because there is no better way to guarantee your future