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Founded in 2005, the APS Foundation of America, Inc. (APSFA) is a volunteer run, 501(c)3 public charity. Without your generous donations, the APSFA could not continue to provide APS patients and their families with the information on our foundation page, the support on our support forum or information packets, which we send out free of charge on request.
In addition, we are developing a strategic plan for the future course of the APSFA and plan to raise money towards our long term goals.
International Congress of Antiphospholipid Antibodies
In 2010, we were able to provide a booth at the 13th International Congress on Antiphospholipid Antibodies and were bronze level sponsors. We also were able to send 2 representatives to the congress and sponsored the Young Investigators award. We were thrilled to have representation there and have been invited to attend the next congress which is in Rio de Janerio, Brazil in 2012.
We have estimated that the APSFA will need to raise $20,000 over the next two years to attend the congress. This is a rough estimate as the date and location of the congress have yet to be announced.
Attending these congresses and other events of this type allows the APSFA to build a positive relationship with physicians and APS patients from all over the world and keeps us abreast of what is happening with APS research and allows our clients voices to be heard.
We would also like to raise monies to assist in funding research. In the past, we have given money to research groups such as The Rare Thrombotic Disease Consortium, Genetic Alliance, and AARDA Autoimmune Summit. We have also sponsored medical students to attend specialized training dealing with APS. However, we have never raised money specifically for research.
Over the course of the next 5 years, we will be setting aside 10% of our donations for Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS) research. This money will go to a researcher, group of researchers or facility that is doing APS research. There will be an application process for those who are interested in our funding. We will review it as a board of directors, with 2 medical advisors that do not have a conflict of interest in the funding and 2 outside APSFA volunteers.
In 2011, the APSFA plans to award a college aged student a $1,000 scholarship. Pending funding for this scholarship, there may be more than one awarded per year. This is something we would like to do yearly. This will be a onetime, non-renewing scholarship that will be granted to someone who is going to Medical or Nursing School. There will be an application process for those who are interested in this scholarship. More information will be available soon where we will explain the qualifications, application process and how the recipient will be chosen.
How Else Are Donations Spent?
Your donations also fund our yearly foundation expenses. These include: annual registration fees, legal fees, accountant fees, bank fees, insurance, postage and printing fees, and the APS Friends & Support Forum fees. Services such as phone (including long distance), internet connections, office space and storage are donated by our volunteers.
We research ways (and use coupons where we can!) to save money on administrative office supplies & printing expenses so we can apply as much of our donations towards our goals. We have already done so by selling awareness items through Cafe Press and Zazzle which totally eliminates overhead costs.
We have also saved hundreds of dollars by creating our own brochures, newsletters, logos, awareness designs, and website. Since we are completely volunteer run we don't have any payroll costs. We also do not use professional fundraisers to fundraise for us.
How To Make a Donation
If you'd like to make a donation by check* or money order, please click here to download our donation form. Once completed, please send to:
APS Foundation of America, Inc.
Post Office Box 801
LaCrosse, WI 54602-0801
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Page last update: 05/28/2012
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