AAFP Foundation


Since the founding of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1947, the need for a charitable institution that could administer and accept funds dedicated to general practice (now family medicine) had been apparent.

The Beginning -- Established in 1958, the AAFP Foundation was created to support research on the economic aspects of general practice. Learn how the foundation has grown through each decade.
1960s -- Learn about the Foundation's efforts in the 60s to establish Family Medicine training programs.
1970s -- The foundation launched its first fundraising campaign and helped coordinate activities within family medicine.
1980s -- The Foundation began looking for Corporate support of its programs and established individual state chapter foundations.
1990s -- The Foundation expanded its development efforts in new ways.
Today -- As the Foundation enters its next half-century of operation, we celebrate our distinguished past and look forward to our promising future.
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Supporting your Foundation means you believe in the power of family medicine and in the importance of helping others.

"Your support of the AAFP Foundation has a tremendous effect…the Foundation funds Academy programs such as Tar Wars that directly impact kids and the public health.”
Jeffrey J. Cain, MD, FAAFP

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