WAFP-Foundation 2019 Annual Report
Established in 1982, The Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians-Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, a statewide association with over 3,000 family physicians. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the WAFP-Foundation is governed by a nine-member board of directors.
The mission of the Wisconsin Academy of Family PhysiciansFoundation is to enhance the quality of family health care in Wisconsin through funding of appropriate education, research and philanthropic projects of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians by providing significant support and stewardship of funds.
The Foundation's areas of focus are:
- Execute, enhance and embrace the Foundation Development Plan
- Connect and integrate Foundation support for WAFP Areas of Focus
- Continue Support for promoting a Family Medicine Workforce
The Foundation receives funding from investment income (pooled funds), individual donations by WAFP members and non-members, grants from local, state and national entities, and corporate sponsorships. The Foundation does not receive funding from gambling, tobacco or alcohol affiliated sources. As always, 100% of all donations go directly to funding WAFP and WAFP-Foundation projects and programs.
Students to National Conference
This program is designed to fund medical students who are interested in Family Medicine. These students attend AAFP National Conference for Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students during the summer, giving them the opportunity to come together with family medicine leaders, educators and recruiters.
Stethoscopes for Residents
This initiative's goal is to give away at least one stethoscope to a resident at each of Wisconsin’s 16 Family Medicine Residency Programs during an annual visit to the Program. These visits have included a presentation by WAFP leaders on a topic of the Program's choosing that includes a brief discussion about the benefits of membership as both a resident and an active practicing physician.
Each year the Foundation funds a minimum of two students, between their first and second year of medical school, to participate in a unique externship experience. The students will work in multiple settings – rotating between the WAFP/Foundation offices and a clinical setting with a family physician preceptor. Through these settings, students will gain experience in a clinical environment, in leadership development, workforce development, advocacy and philanthropic activities. After evaluating the program, it will be discontinued in 2019.
Each year a first-year resident enrolled in a Wisconsin residency program who demonstrates an interest and commitment to rural family medicine will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship. The purpose of the award is to help offset expenses incurred with rural rotations and to fund attendance at the AAFP Annual Meeting, as well as help secure the future of Family Medicine in Wisconsin by encouraging residents to remain in the state to practice in rural areas. In 2019, one $10,000 scholarship was awarded. This scholarship began in 2015 and will be discounted in 2020 because funds were exhausted.
Champion of Family Medicine Legacy Council
Future of Family Medicine Endowment Fund
The WAFP-Foundation continued its focus on workforce development and Wisconsin's need for additional family physicians. In its eighth year, the "Students to National Conference" campaign, over 77% have selected Family Medicine as their specialty.