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What is the mission and vision of the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF)?
Our mission: To promote philanthropy in support of research, education, and public awareness in audiology and hearing science.

Our vision: Support for advancements in hearing and balance that enhance the experiences of life.

How did the AAAF begin?
The American Academy of Audiology Foundation was founded in 1990 by the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) Board of Directors. The Foundation underwent a reorganization in 1999 and began to take its current form in 2002. The Foundation has grown each year ever since, expanding the number of programs it offers and growing its list of generous supporters.

How is the AAAF related to the American Academy of Audiology?
The Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Academy and is part of the “A4” group of Academy partners along with the American Board of Audiology (ABA), Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), and Student Academy of Audiology (SAA).

Who decides which programs the AAAF funds each year?
The AAAF Board of Trustees sets funding priorities on an annual basis. The board consults with Academy leadership to ascertain which programs or initiatives are in urgent need of funding or considered “high priority.” Also, there are several programs that the Foundation has committed to funding annually such as the Research Grants in Hearing and Balance and Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology.

What initiatives does the AAAF fund and who is helped?
The Foundation’s programs reach audiologists, audiology students, consumers, and those with hearing impairments. Our initiatives can be broadly categorized into one of three areas that correspond with our mission: research, education, and public awareness.

Does the Foundation have a presence at the AudiologyNOW!® convention?
Yes! You’ll find our booth in Academy Central, so please stop by and say hello! At AudiologyNOW!, the Foundation also sponsors the Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology, Improving Patient Care Through Innovation in Workplace Management Lecture, and Topics in Tinnitus Lecture; takes part in the Honors and Awards Banquet; supports the James Jerger Awards for Excellence in Student Research, Student Research Forum, Trivia Bowl, and DiscovEARy Zone; and holds the Happy Hour with a View, Cheers for Ears, and Auction 4 Audiology fundraisers.

Why should I contribute to the AAAF?
Most simply: because the AAA Foundation is your Foundation. From future audiologists to those well-established in their career to those that have retired from the field, a culture of philanthropy across the audiology spectrum enables the Foundation to provide our worthwhile initiatives in research, education, and public awareness in the hearing sciences.  However, you need not be in the audiology profession to support the Foundation. Perhaps you or someone you know has been directly impacted by hearing impairment. Your gift can help advance the future of audiology and in turn help those with hearing loss.

How do I make a donation to the AAAF?
There are many different ways to give, so you can find the one that's best for you! You can make a tax-deductible gift online or with your Academy membership renewal. You can also make a gift by phone at 703.226.1049. In addition, you have the option to restrict your gift to support particular initiatives that may be important to you or to make a memorial or tribute gift. The easiest way to support the Foundation? Pledge a monthly gift in any denomination, and we will automatically bill your credit or debit card each month.  

Where else can I learn more?
Besides exploring our Web site, one of the best ways to learn about the Foundation is our Annual Report. It offers a great overview of the AAAF while highlighting the year's programs, events, grant recipients, donors, and more.

What if my question isn’t answered here?
If you have a question about the Foundation or any of our programs, please contact the Foundation office at 703.226.1049.

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