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The AANA Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. Your donation is tax deductible as allowed by law. Donations can be focused on the following areas:

Annual Fund

The donation Gem Levels for Annual Giving are: 

  • Diamond = $5,000 and above
  • Ruby = $2,500-$4,999
  • Emerald = $1,000-$2,499
  • Sapphire = $500-$999
  • Amethyst = $250-$499
  • Topaz = $100-$249

The mission of the AANA Foundation is to advance the science of anesthesia through education and research. As the philanthropic arm of the AANA, the Foundation raises funds and invests in projects that directly support the nurse anesthesia profession.
By supporting the AANA Foundation you support high-level research that is critically important to improving anesthesia patient safety, advocating for and advancing the CRNA profession, and rebutting inaccuracies and mistruths about nurse anesthesia.
For examples of Proof is Power research supported by the AANA Foundation, see Research Topics and Articles.
Our 2019 research initiatives include health services, clinical and educational topics. In addition, the annual fund supports scholarships, fellowship, research grants, workshops, and more.
We are counting on your support. Please make your tax-deductible donation today! Do it for the AANA Foundation, the profession, yourself and your patients.
Leadership Circle: All-Inclusive Giving Level
The Leadership Circle has been created for donors who contribute $2,500 or more to the AANA Foundation’s Annual Fund and/or Health Services Research Fund within a fiscal year (September 1 – August 31). Each Leadership Circle member is eligible for one ticket to the annual AANA Foundation fundraisers held at the Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators (ADCE) and at the AANA Annual Congress Fundraiser. Download the Leadership Circle Information Sheet.
Painless Giving through Automatic Monthly Gifts
Monthly credit card gifts can be made in any amount and scheduled for the 15th of each month. For more information on the monthly credit card gift option, call Nat Carmichael at 847-655-1175 or email ncarmichael@aana.com. It's so easy, it's painless! 

RISE Above

RISE Above

Research In Safety & Effectiveness is essential to validate and strengthen the profession. The AANA Foundation is embarking on the campaign to RISE Above to fund major research studies that advance the profession and improve patient safety. The campaign aims to raise $1 million to fund health policy research that will inform healthcare policy affecting patient care processes and patient/provider interactions. Ultimately, the research will educate the spectrum of healthcare stakeholders about the value and quality that CRNAs bring to their patients.  
Without this research, proving the value of CRNAs is difficult. We welcome you to join us as we RISE Above to further advance and protect your practice and your future. Please visit our RISE Above website to learn more.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Sponsoring a Nurse Anesthesia Student Scholarship or CRNA Fellowship

You are invited to participate in this worthwhile initiative. A student scholarship or a CRNA fellowship may be sponsored by an individual or an organization. This program provides assistance to students involved in a nurse anesthesia program and CRNAs enrolled in doctoral study. Minimum awards of $3,000 each will be granted annually. In lieu of a student scholarship application fee this year, new scholarship donors will be charged an annual administrative fee of $150 for a $3,000 scholarship and $250 for a $5,000 scholarship. In establishing the criteria, flexibility has been provided for a sponsor to:

  • Add a specific criterion (i.e., a state association may want the student recipient to come from that state).
  • Indicate a name in which the scholarship is to be given.
  • Describe the specific purpose for establishing the scholarship or fellowship to be used when publicizing it.
  • Decide on an annual basis whether to continue sponsoring the scholarship or fellowship.

To establish a scholarship or fellowship to be awarded, complete and return the Sponsor Application Form along with a check. Deadline: December 1. If funding cannot accompany the application upon submission, please contact the AANA Foundation at foundation@aana.com.

Student Emergency Educational Scholarship Program

The Student Emergency Educational Scholarship Program is intended to support student nurse anesthetists during times of financial hardship and natural disaster. We anticipate the funding to vary according to need (one time application per person, up to $5,000). A Spanish version of this application is available. To request a copy, please email foundation@aana.com. Note: Your Program Administrator must translate your application to English and submit with your original Spanish version.

Memorial Gifts/Tributes

Your gift to the AANA Foundation can be made in honor of or in memory of someone special. Read more about memorial gift and tribute possibilities.
Memorial and Tribute Gift Summary

Friends for Life

The Friends for Life program helps support the future of the nurse anesthesia profession through meaningful, lasting gifts. The most common planned gifts are tax favored bequests, trusts, gift annuities and life insurance policies. The cash minimum to join is $25,000 within a one year period.
A detailed outline of qualifying Friends for Life gifts.
The deadline to join Friends for Life is June 15. Friends for Life donors are recognized at the AANA Annual Congress and are acknowledged with beautifully carved and engraved pieces of crystal artwork that are on display permanently in the lobby of the AANA building. Friends for Life donors embrace the Foundation’s mission of advancing nurse anesthesia through education and research and thus envision the need for future funding.
If you are interested in becoming a Friend for Life or in learning more about how to make a substantial tax favored contribution through a Planned Gift, please contact Nat Carmichael at 847-655-1175 or by e-mail at ncarmichael@aana.com


The AANA Foundation’s endowment program is vitally important to securing the future for the nurse anesthesia profession. Our endowments provide support to students and CRNAs through scholarships and research funding. All funds deposited in an endowment fund shall be held in trust by the AANA Foundation Board of Trustees. These funds are invested in accordance with the general investment guidelines of the AANA Foundation. Read more about Endowment options.
Endowment Program Summary

Event Sponsorship

The Foundation hosts fundraising events at the AANA Annual Congress and Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators each year. Your donation can support these events which offer social and networking opportunities when CRNAs and students from across the country gather together to connect. Designate your donation on the online giving page, or contact Luanne Irvin, AANA Foundation Development Officer, at 847-655-1173 or lirvin@aana.com for more information about upcoming events.

Triple Crown

Support nurse anesthesia education, research, and public policy initiatives by donning the Triple Crown. The Triple Crown Program recognizes dues-paying AANA members who also contribute a minimum of $250 to both the AANA Foundation and the CRNA-PAC.

The interconnecting three crowns that comprise the Triple Crown logo represent the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology, AANA Foundation, and CRNA-PAC working together as one for nurse anesthetists and our patients. Your support of all three organizations is crucial to the present and future of our profession and professional organization.

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This year marks the 29th year of the AANA Annual Congress Sponsor-A-Student Program.

For $440, individuals or organizations can sponsor a student nurse anesthetist to attend both the meeting and the Annual Banquet, the social highlight of the meeting. For more information see Sponsor-A-Student Program.

Donations can be made through the Foundation year-round. Please contact Luanne Irvin at lirvin@aana.com or (847) 655-1173 with questions.

Silent Auction

The AANA Foundation hosts several silent auctions throughout the fiscal year. If you are an artist, jewelry maker, woodworker, etc. or if you love to shop, please consider donating an item to the Foundation’s silent auction.  Hand-made, one-of-a-kind items are a wonderful addition to accompany other high-end items such as designer purses/bags and jewelry.

Proceeds of the Silent Auction benefit the AANA Foundation and its mission to advance the science of anesthesia through education and research.

To donate a Silent Auction item, please contact Luanne Irvin at (847) 655-1173 or lirvin@aana.com. Items can be shipped to 222 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068.