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The APSA Foundation provides a unique opportunity for charitable giving. It has a very low overhead (quite unique), an enormous economic return-on-investment, and makes it possible for all of us to truly advance the surgical care and health of the children for whom we care so much. Thank you for all you do for pediatric surgery and especially for what your next gift to the APSA Foundation can achieve in the future!

The APSA Foundation Board of Directors
Mary E. Fallat, MD, Chair


  • APSA Foundation General Donation
    • Donations allocated to this fund will be distributed to initiatives that have the largest need for funding. 
  • APSA Foundation Jay Grosfeld, MD Scholar Grant Donation
    • Donations allocated to this fund will be directed to the annual APSA Foundation Jay Grosfeld, MD Scholars
  • APSA Foundation Travel Fellowship Donation
    • Donations to this fund will be allocated to the Travel Fellowship fund. 

Donation Methods and Helpful Links

Levels of Support

All contributions, large and small, are very much appreciated. We have a number of preset contribution levels starting under $100 (regular donor) up to the $1000 Gold Supporter level. To make your philanthropic planning more streamlined, special categories of support are available that recognize individuals who have demonstrated a high level of commitment. A donation of $5,000 is necessary to become a Robert E. Gross Benefactor and providing a contribution of $10,000 will allow you to be a member of the William E. Ladd Society. All contributions, regardless of amount, are cumulative. You may choose to submit the entire amount, the balance based on previous contributions, or pledge the remaining amount over a three-year period. 

Dr. William E. Ladd was one of the grandfathers of Pediatric Surgery and one of the first to dedicate his entire practice to the surgical care of infants and children. Dr. Robert E. Gross was also one of the forefathers of childhood surgery and served as the first President of APSA. He trained many early leaders in the field and promoted the establishment of pediatric surgery as a recognized specialty. We believe this is an appropriate method of honoring their considerable accomplishments and pioneering efforts to our profession.

The Foundation Board of Directors is proud to announce several new levels of recognition of leadership in our pediatric surgery ranks. In recognition of her outstanding work both in and for pediatric surgery, we are introducing the Kathryn Anderson, MD level for donors who reach $15,000. In addition to her surgical contributions, Dr. Anderson’s leadership capabilities led her to serve as president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the American College of Surgeons. Thank you, Dr. Anderson, for your examples of leadership.

It is fitting to further announce that the highest level of giving – $25,000 and above – be named in honor of Dr. Jay Grosfeld, who gave so much of his energy and time to ensuring the foundation continued to award research grants to young surgeon scientists. In addition to his 22 years of service as chair of the APSA Foundation, Dr. Grosfeld was president of both APSA and the American Surgical Association.


All donors are recognized for their contributions according to their level of giving (i.e., Donor, Gold Donor, Gross Benefactor, Ladd Society, Anderson Level or Grosfeld Level) in the APSA Annual Meeting Program.

The first APSA Foundation grant to support a pediatric surgical research scientist was awarded in 1996. We hope that each APSA member will remember the APSA Foundation in their annual giving program. The APSA Foundation welcomes the support of donors from among the new members and recent members of APSA who have yet to contribute and recognizes its sustaining contributors each year.