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Opportunities remain for donors to name spaces in new headquarters :

February 23, 2018
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The AAP Section on Administration and Practice Management (SOAPM) launched a grassroots effort last June to raise funds for a naming opportunity at the Academy’s new headquarters in Itasca, Ill.

“Our section is a very engaged group that benefits from the Academy’s support in many ways,” said section Chair Christoph R. Diasio, M.D., FAAP. “For us, it wasn’t difficult to get on board with the campaign to fundraise for the new headquarters.”

A major jolt to the For Our Futurecampaign, SOAPM raised nearly $150,000 to name the coffee bar in the member lounge.

Since then, 32 sections, committees, councils, chapters and districts have signed on to raise funds. Each group has set a goal manageable for its members.

The Alabama Chapter was the first chapter to reach its goal — $50,000 to name a conference room. The Section on Early Career Physicians also raised $50,000 in gifts and pledges. Section members chose to name the AAP Help Desk in honor of an AAP staff member.

Since the For Our Future campaign was launched in October 2016, the Academy has raised 75% of its $4 million goal. AAP groups have accounted for most of the charitable contributions received.

“I am thrilled that so many groups within the AAP are supporting the fundraising effort and that they see the importance of our new home for pediatrics,” said Sara “Sally” H. Goza, M.D., FAAP, chair of the campaign steering committee.

Individual members also have made substantial donations to name spaces. In total, 14 spaces are named for donors to the campaign. Seven members have made gifts of $100,000.

The five-story, 183,000-square-foot Headquarters of the Future has 81 meeting rooms and is wired with state-of-the-art technology to connect pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists around the world. The environmentally friendly facility replaces the Academy’s headquarters in Elk Grove Village, Ill., which opened in 1984 when there were 26,000 members and 125 employees. Today, there are 67,451 members and more than 450 employees.

Several spaces are still available to be named, including the fitness center, café, life support simulation space and more. Naming opportunities begin at $25,000. Pledges may be paid monthly or annually over five years.

For more information on how to get your group started or to make a personal donation to an ongoing campaign, visit www.aap.org/forourfuture or contact Courtney Shupryt in the AAP Department of Development at 630-626-6740.

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