Purpose of the Foundation
In 2015, the ASPN Foundation was created as an expansion of the John E. Lewy Foundation and now serves as the fundraising arm of the entire ASPN. Through the Foundation, we are able to expand beyond advocacy to broaden our support of research and educational programs of all kinds for trainees, practitioners, and scientists within the field of Pediatric Nephrology. We are also able to accept tax deductible gifts and take advantage of our nonprofit status for educational events.
In our first year, the Foundation, including the John E. Lewy Fund, received $21,500 in individual donations. These funds are being used in 2016 to support Resident Travel to academic meetings as well as the Leadership Development Program. In this way, the Foundation is supporting the growth of rising stars in our field and helping to support those who are leading programs around the country.
Annual Affiliate Meeting
Affiliate members of ASPN are non-MDs with crucial roles in caring for pediatric nephrology patients, including nurses, social workers, dieticians and child life specialists. In 2013 the affiliate members had their first annual meeting. Locations for these meetings rotate around the country to facilitate attendance given limited travel budgets. Since the first year, attendance has almost doubled. The opportunities to learn and network has enabled affiliate members to expand their abilities to care for patients with pediatric kidney disease. ASPN Foundation support is critical for maintaining these meetings as an annual event.
Participation in academic meetings is fundamental to a career in academic medicine. While it is often a privilege to attend conferences with departmental support as an attending physician, finding funding as a medical student, resident or fellow can be difficult. The ASPN Foundation is proud to provide opportunities for trainees to present their scientific abstracts at important national and international meetings in our field, broadening their exposure to pediatric nephrology concepts and issues and deepening their understanding of global pediatric nephrology concerns and opportunities.