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  • A second year of successful GAIN Campaign fundraising allowed the awarding of three Faculty Development Awards in 2018.
  • There were 19 high-quality applications for the 2018 awards, with three from institutions applying for the first time.

Three new Named Lectureships were fully funded and announced at the 2018 AAAAI/WAO Joint Congress:


  • A successful GAIN Campaign ensured the granting of THREE Faculty Development Awards in 2017.
  • There were 24 high-quality applications received for our 2017 Awards, 7 of which came from institutions applying for the first time.

Four new Named Lectureships were announced at the 2017 Annual Meeting, honoring:


  • The AAAAI Foundation announces the 2016 GAIN Campaign (Grow Allergy & Immunology Now) which raised over $316,000 (127%) of its $250,000 goal. The campaign's success will make three Faculty Development Awards in 2017 a reality.
  • A record 29 high-quality applications were received for our 2016 Faculty Development Awards.
  • End-of-year giving increased by 45% over 2015; gifts made In Honor and In Memory of esteemed colleagues tripled over 2015; the percentage of members making donations in 2016 rose from 7% to just under 10%.
  • 2016 Regional, State and Local Allergy Society (RSL) Challenge generated over $64,000 of the $316,000 raised in 2016.
  • The 2016 5K Run/Walk, held during the Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, attracts a record 500 registrants.

Two new Named Lectureships were announced at the 2016 Annual Meeting, honoring:


  • The ARTrust changes its name to more closely align with the AAAAI, becoming the AAAAI Foundation.
  • The Foundation’s mission is refreshed to read: “Funding research that leads to the prevention and cure of asthma and allergic and immunologic disease.”
  • The award program is streamlined to provide for two annual Faculty Development Awards of $240,000 each, granted over three years.
  • A new Foundation Council is established with a structure that provides direct and frequent reporting to the AAAAI Board of Directors.
  • A record 29 grant applications are received for the 2016 Faculty Development Awards.

2013 – 2014
The ARTrust reaches its goal of raising $10 million. The ARTrust 5K Run/Walk is established.
The following Lectureships and Funds are announced:

2011 – 2012

  • The ART reaches the milestone of over $4.5 million dollars granted.
  • Partnership initiatives include the renaissance of Named Lectureships and Honor Funds, resulting in a new campaign name “ARTrust, Investing Together in Our Future.”
  • First Mini-Grants are awarded.

2010 – 2011

  • Dennis K. Ledford, MD, FAAAAI, announces goal for the corpus to reach $10 million, naming the effort “Impact 2012.”


  • The AAAAI Board of Directors approves the proposal to set-up the ARTrust as a separate 501(c)(3) corporation organized and operated as a supporting organization to AAAAI.

2007 – 2008

  • ART leadership determines various target groups within the AAAAI membership for specific marketing messages.

2006 – 2007

  • The Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Education and Research Trust (ART) is created to support both training programs and practicing allergists/immunologist, and to increase education and research efforts.

2005 – 2006

  • A Hurricane Katrina Fund is established by the AAAAI Board of Directors and through donations from members. ERT establishes Growth Funds.

ERT offers new grants:

  • Clinical Research Grants
  • Allied Health Travel Grants
  • Support of the Phoenix Program Award as one of the founding partners.


  • ERT surpasses $2 million in awards granted since the ERT's inception in 1991.

ERT governing bodies are restructured to include:

  • Oversight Committee (oversees all ERT activities)
  • Resource Development Committee (principal fundraising entity)
  • ERT Board of Trustees (award granting body)


  • "Securing Our Future" begins offering giving opportunities to assist the ERT Development Committee's goal of increasing the corpus.


  • Successful completion of the "Looking to Our Future" campaign.
  • ERT corpus balance is $8,300,000 as of June 1, 2000.

1996 – 1999

  • AAAAI members are challenged to pledge $5 million to complete the goal of a $10 million trust.


  • The ERT awards its first grant: “Faculty Development Award.”


  • Education and Research Trust - ERT - announced and President John A. Anderson, MD, FAAAAI, pushes for members to invest in the ERT through the “$10 Million” campaign.


  • The Education and Research Fund is established as part of AAAAI.