President's Message

For most of us, philanthropy is about making a personal donation to our favorite cause, our house of worship, or our alma maters. Philanthropy gives us a mechanism to support what we hold most dear and is a powerful way to express who we are as individuals. This year, I’m inspired by the power of philanthropy to unite us. Now more than ever, we need ways to come together and celebrate the spirit of humanity. I’m thankful the generous act of gift-giving can do this for us.

In this issue of the AAP’s Philanthropic Impact Report, you’ll find an invitation to share your story
of how philanthropy inspires you. I can’t wait to read it and be warmed by the feeling of connectedness to each other and the impact we have with the children of the world.

Thank you.

Colleen Kraft, MD, MBA, FAAP
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Your gift makes a difference
Top 5 Reasons Members Give to the AAP:

You shine a light on child health by bringing attention to children and the people who care about them.

You empower the independent voice of pediatrics -the most powerful, prominent advocate for children.

You equip families to raise healthy kids through publications and HealthyChildren.org.

You help children learn and pediatric medicine evolve in a changing world.

You make a way for children to thrive –the work we all care about most.

Your GIFT in Action

Here are just a few examples of how the AAP puts your gift into action.

$75

Provides better care for children by supporting child health resources for 10 HealthyChildren.org subscribers

$150

Saves newborn lives by funding a training course for a birth attendant in a high infant mortality region

$325

Supports learning with access to an educational session for one pediatric trainee

$500

Supports emerging professionals by providing for a pediatric resident experiencing financial hardship

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FEATURED PROGRAMS

PROJECT ECHO®

Innovative telementoring for improved child health

Project ECHO is a tele-mentoring program designed to create communities of learners by bringing together health care providers (medical officers, general physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, community health workers, etc) and experts in topical areas using didactic and case‐based presentations, fostering an “all learn, all teach” approach. Using basic, widely available videoconferencing technology, clinical management tools, and case‐based learning, health care providers develop knowledge and self‐efficacy on diseases, conditions, and/or processes.

Project ECHO® helps pediatricians gain knowledge and comfort in diagnosing and managing children with various complex health conditions. This leads to better patient outcomes and pediatric practice transformation by providing the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

 
ECHO = Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes

Funded, in part, by the generosity of AAP donors,
AAP has become the ECHO Superhub for pediatric care.

For more information about Project ECHO,

41 organizations trained in 12 topic areas

1,168 healthcare professionals educated

Some of those include:

277 in Epilepsy/Seizures
257 in Zika
128 in Trauma and Resilience
118 in Environmental Health

41
ORGANIZATIONS TRAINED IN 12 TOPIC AREAS

1,168 healthcare professionals reached

Some of those include:

277 in Epilepsy/Seizures
257 in Zika
128 in Trauma and Resilience
118 in Environmental Health

Dramatic improvement of clinical care

50,000
LEARNERS

Resources accessed 80,000 times

30 YEARS!

LET'S CELEBRATE THE FRIENDS OF CHILDREN FUND
(1989-2019)

Thank you for keeping kids first! Thirty years of donor impact equals hundreds of programs and projects funded through the years and over 12 million dollars supporting the best possible care for children.

Lanre Falusi, MD, FAAP
Lanre Falusi, MD, FAAP is a practicing general peds physician, currently with the Children’s National Health System. She’s been a donor to the AAP for 10 years and in her own words, she shares why:

“Giving to the Friends of Children Fund is so rewarding to me because I actually get to see the results of my giving – every day. In recent years, FCF funded two grants that helped our local chapter train healthcare professionals, educators, and mental health experts to address the medical, social, and legal needs of immigrant children. This funding has allowed us to grow a community of stakeholders dedicated to the care of this vulnerable population. My giving to FCF started when I was a resident, giving a little at a time, and donating more over time. Every donation counts!”

(Pictured left) Here I am just before testifying on a Congressional panel on how immigration policies affect the health of children.

Tell us your story – click to share your own Friends of Children story – maybe as a recipient of grant funding, as a donor, or as a beneficiary. We’d love to hear how you are connected to the philanthropic work of the AAP.

Lanre Falusi, MD, FAAP
Lanre Falusi, MD, FAAP is a practicing general peds physician, currently with the Children’s National Health System. She’s been a donor to the AAP for 10 years and in her own words, she shares why:

“Giving to the Friends of Children Fund is so rewarding to me because I actually get to see the results of my giving – every day. In recent years, FCF funded two grants that helped our local chapter train healthcare professionals, educators, and mental health experts to address the medical, social, and legal needs of immigrant children. This funding has allowed us to grow a community of stakeholders dedicated to the care of this vulnerable population. My giving to FCF started when I was a resident, giving a little at a time, and donating more over time. Every donation counts!”

(Pictured) Here I am just before testifying on a Congressional panel on how immigration policies affect the health of children.

Tell us your story – click to share your own Friends of Children story – maybe as a recipient of grant funding, as a donor, or as a beneficiary. We’d love to hear how you are connected to the philanthropic work of the AAP.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS

Contact Donor Relations

We welcome your feedback and questions about this Philanthropic Impact Report. Please contact AAP Donor Relations at development@aap.org or call 888-700-5378. We look forward to hearing from you.

American Academy of Pediatrics is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations are eligible for tax deduction. Consult your tax advisor for more information.

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