The OMS Foundation welcomes the support of donors who share our mission to improve patient care in oral and maxillofacial surgery. As a donor, you can get involved in the Foundation through the REAP annual program, OMS Foundation membership, tribute gifts, planned gifts, or an outright donation. As the OMS Foundation is a §501(c)(3) non-profit organization, gifts are tax deductible. Click on the titles below for more information.
OMS Foundation memberships dues contribute to the core support of the OMS Foundation. Core support goes for the delivery of programs, administrative and fund-raising expenses. OMS Foundation members provide the resources needed for the OMS Foundation to function. Without the support of our members, the OMS Foundation would be limited in its ability to provide research awards and fellowships in the specialty. As a member you receive exclusive benefits including:
- Voting in OMS Foundation elections for Board members.
- Eligibility to apply for OMS Foundation research awards and fellowships.
- Ability to meet with members of the OMSF Committee on Research and the Committee on Fellowships at the AAOMS Annual Meeting, by appointment, to answer questions and discuss applications for research awards and fellowships.
- Receiving the Torch newsletter to keep you updated on our important work.
- Receiving an OMS Foundation Membership ribbon at the AAOMS Annual Meeting and other AAOMS and OMS Foundation events.
At only $165 per year, OMS Foundation membership is an easy way to provide vital recources to your specialty.
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To be able to continue current levels of support for research and education, the OMS Foundation launched an annual program in 2005 called REAP, which stands for Research and Education Advance Patient care. REAP was established to involve every surgeon in the annual support of research and education, the cornerstones of the future of the specialty. Since 2005, REAP has raised more than $4 million.
The possibilities for REAP are enormous: if each oral and maxillofacial surgeon invested just $1,500 to $2,000 a year, this would provide $6 to $12 million for OMSF's research fund on an annual basis, creating a powerful source of funding in support of the future of the specialty.
For making a gift of $1,500 or more, you will become a member of the REAP Society and receive a beautiful, personalized plaque to display in your office. The plaque is a noticeable and dignified way to show your patients that you are engaged in the support of research and education because it improves their care. The plaque has an add-on bar for every year you participate in REAP.
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Planned Giving is the integration of personal, financial, and estate planning goals with your goals for lifetime or testamentary charitable giving. Planned gifts may provide an opportunity for charitable giving in circumstances that may not otherwise allow a you to make a gift to the OMS Foundation.
Planned, charitable gifts not only enable you to contribute significantly to the future of the specialty; they also may allow you to increase or stabilize income and moderate capital gains, income and estate tax obligations. Charitable estate gift planning can be counterintuitive because, by making a gift to a charity, you may actually retain more resources for your family and other purposes. There are many vehicles through which to make an estate gift.
Those who make an estate gift of $10,000 or more become members of the Robert V. Walker Society. Members are honored each year at an elegant reception at the AAOMS Annual Meeting.
The OMS Foundation has available the Estate Planning Guide and the Family Questionnaire: Developing Your Personal Family Financial Philosophy. These are intended for private, family use and may help you further clarify your motivation for a gift, and your giving philosophy.
For more detailed planned giving opportunities, please click here for Gift Legacy. Gift Legacy is a special Foundation web site for interested parties to learn more about the benefit and mechanisms for planned giving.
Sample Testamentary Language
If you are planning to include the OMS Foundation in your will, we provide sample language to be used in bequest gifts.
Donor Bill of Rights
The OMSF abides by the following rights of donors:
- To be informed of the OMSF mission, of the way OMSF intends to use donated resources, and of our capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
- To be informed of the identity of those serving on our governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
- To have access to our most recent financial statements.
- To be assured your gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
- To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
- To be assured that information about your donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
- To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
- To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization, or hired solicitors.
- To have the opportunity for your names to be deleted from mailing lists that OMSF intends to share.
- To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers.
- Administrative disbursements of up to, but not exceeding, three percent of a three-year rolling average of fund balances may be made annually.
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