By Jay P. Mazurowski, MS, CRA, FAHRA
June 2010–Dear AHRA Members:
First of all, I’d like to thank you all for your assistance in helping transform the AHRA Education Foundation (EF) into an extremely valuable resource for all members of the AHRA. In the past two years, the EF has raised over $350,000, which has helped fund scholarships, online courses, and webinars for continuing education and other innovative programs and initiatives. I would like to take this opportunity to explain the different avenues of possible support and how contributions are being directed.
Foundation Partnership Initiative
Many of you made multi-year pledges to the Foundation Partnership Initiative (FPI) in 2006, and you may still be paying those pledges off. The primary purpose of FPI was to generate vital resources for many of the programs and initiatives that the AHRA and AHRAEF currently fund. For example, the FPI was the driving force behind the development of the Leadership Institute. Partners in Learning, the Online Institute, and Putting Patients First are all innovative programs that came about because of the FPI. All funds committed to the FPI have already been allocated for use.
The AHRAEF annual appeal serves as a primary funding mechanism for the general operating budget of the Education Foundation, including: development of educational content for the Online Institute; two Broadley Scholarships; three Annual Meeting Osborn Scholarships; one Osborn Spring Conference Scholarship; one Osborn Fall Conference Scholarship; our Dues Waiver Program; and other programs and services that benefit AHRA members. In the past two years, we have introduced member giving initiatives, with the purpose of increasing the rate of participation of AHRA members who contribute to the EF. In 2009, the “Get Pinned” campaign generated nearly $15,000 from AHRA members. This year for 2010, we will introduce “Get Pinned Too” with a goal of raising $20,000 from AHRA members while increasing the rate of participation from our members. “Get Pinned” served as the primary annual appeal for 2009, while “Get Pinned Too” serves as the primary annual appeal for 2010.
If you have made a contribution to the Education Foundation by checking a donation box when paying your membership dues, you have made a donation to the annual appeal. All dues check-off donations are directed to the annual appeal fund.
If you have made a contribution to the EF by checking a donation box when paying your membership dues, you have made a donation to the annual appeal. All dues check-off donations are directed to the annual appeal fund.
It is my hope that this will avoid future confusion when making a gift to the AHRAEF. Your continued support is not only greatly appreciated, it is imperative to keep the Foundation a cutting edge resource for our members and other imaging professionals.
Jay P. Mazurowski, MS, CRA, FAHRA is the 2009-2010 AHRA Education Foundation Chair. He is director of radiology at Concord Hospital in Concord, NH. Jay is the recipient of the 2009 AHRA Gold Award, as well as a past president of the AHRA Board of Directors and a contributor to both Link and Radiology Management. He can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.