Annual Fund

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Friends of Children ​Annual Fund


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Your gifts to the Friends of Children Annual Fund support vital Academy efforts meeting the needs of children through education, research, community service, and advocacy programs.

Gifts to F​​riends of Children have Imp​​​act

We are deeply grateful to individual members and friends for the support of programs and activities that impact the health of children and add significant value to the pediatric profession. Below are some examples of projects funded through gifts to Friends of Children.​

Chapter Fly-in
Funded by your donations to Friends of Children, this event was as inspiring as it was impactful. Each AAP chapter from Alaska to Florida traveled to Washington, DC, to meet with their federal legislators. Chapter leaders made more than 160 visits across the Senate and House of Representatives to tell them to protect children's access to health care. That's using our voice for children!​

Addressing the Zika epidemic
"There's no quick or easy solution to what we're up against, but the work done to address Zika in Puerto Rico and beyond has been absolutely astounding and inspiring. And I'm so proud that the AAP was the first to respond." - Fernando Ysern​

When Dr. Fernando Ysern began his second term as President of the AAP Puerto Rico chapter, he looked for opportunities for the AAP and its members to take action against the Zika virus. From serious birth defects like microcephaly, to high-risk pregnancies, to a greater likelihood of developing autoimmune disorders, the consequences of the Zika virus can be devastating—and its effects have been deeply felt throughout North and South America. ​

Donations to Friends of Children allow the AAP to respond and provide resources for crises like Zika.​
"We received a grant from the AAP Friends of Children Fund to plan and host a symposium for pediatricians and nurses in Puerto Rico, where we trained them how to educate their patients on Zika prevention, how to recognize and diagnose Zika, and how to manage Zika patients. That couldn't have happened without the AAP and the Friends of Children Fund."   - Fernando Ysern​

The CATCH Grant Program
The Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Grant Program, a flagship AAP initiative since 1993, puts young pediatricians and specialists on the front lines in their communities. More than 1,600 CATCH grants have been distributed to AAP members in every state, laying the foundation for a lifetime of community work, responding to local community needs, and seeding programs with the potential to grow into larger initiatives and influence communities across the country. Your donations through Friends of Children have facilitated tremendous growth of this vital program.​​​