Hal Foster, MD Endowment

What is an Endowment?

Endowments are the financial foundation of an institution.  

  • These monies are invested, rather than used for immediate needs.
  • The earnings provide a stable, ongoing funding source to sustain excellence in research, lifelong learning, humanitarian missions and aid, evidenced-based medicine, and international work – all core to our mission. 

Every day, we are called upon to respond to changes in the medical landscape by creating new programs and knowledge for the specialty. But these efforts can only be sustained in the long term with additional funding.

The Hal Foster, MD Endowment

In 1896, Dr. Hal Lovelace Foster called the first meeting of what would later become the AAO-HNS. He invited more than 500 ophthalmologists and otolaryngologists to assemble together for the first time. 

Dr. Foster had the insight to understand the importance of creating a forum to advance professional learning for the benefit of quality patient care in the specialty.  And this commitment was a personal one.  Foster paid for the cost of that meeting – an estimated $400 – himself.  He said of that first meeting, “the money I spent in calling those specialists together was the best investment I ever made.” 

This is the first-ever endowment campaign that the AAO-HNS and AAO-HNSF have embarked upon. As such, it is fitting to pay tribute to the man who created this organization by naming the campaign in his honor.

Dr. Foster demonstrated incredible generosity and leadership that resulted in the creation of AAO-HNSF, the largest organization representing today’s otolaryngologist –head and neck surgeons.

He inspires all of us who are beneficiaries of his legacy to make the same choice of providing leadership level philanthropy, and the opportunity to invest in the future of our profession.

To view the list of Hal Foster, MD Endowment Founding Donors, click here.

To view the list of Hal Foster, MD Endowment recognition and benefits, click here.

For more information, please contact:
Mary McMahon
Director, Development
Phone: 1-703-535-3717
Email: mmcmahon@entnet.org