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Honoring the Past, Enriching the Future

Contributions to The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) make major impacts on neurosurgical patients, educators, researchers and clinicians. Gifts to the NREF fund research for treatments and advance education for the next generation of neurosurgeons while providing patients the best quality of care. Through your generosity, the NREF has offered free resident training to over 1,200 residents.

How to Donate

If you have an Open Invoice: Please click on Make a Payment to make a payment.

If this is a New Donation, select a fund from the menu below to designate the area of research or education to support.

If you choose to select the “unrestricted” fund, your donation will be applied to the area of greatest need in neurosurgery. Choose the Honor Your Neurosurgical Mentor fund to donate in honor of influential contributors to the neurosurgical specialty, or, choose to contribute to subspecialty outcomes, education or research.

Thank you for your commitment to neurosurgical research, education, and to enriching the future for patient’s lives.

 
Unrestricted
QOD
Van Wagenen



Education:



Support the future of medicine now by contributing to the Foundation's efforts in resident and fellow education in various clinical subspecialty areas. Education is provided at no costs to residents and fellows, in areas of training that may not be addressed in traditional training programs. Your support will ensure the future of the critical work of neurosurgery.
Neurosurgical Mentors
Outcomes:



The NREF is dedicated to funding research into new and existing neurosurgical treatments, and to identifying links between best practices and improved outcomes in patient care. Your donation, directed to Outcomes funds in subspecialty areas, will support data collection, analysis and reporting on nationwide clinical data from neurosurgical practices in order to support research efforts, compare effectiveness, satisfy reporting requirements and provide quality improvement data.
Research:



The NREF provides funding for a variety of research opportunities for medical students, residents, and young clinician investigators and encourages applications in all neurosurgical subspecialty areas. Research grant and award recipients are selected through NREF's independent, peer-review process, which is modeled on the process used by the National Institutes of Health. Your donation will provide critical funding for neurosurgical investigators who seek advancements to improve patient quality of life.
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Unrestricted: a donation to support the mission of NREF.
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QOD: The National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (QOD), is a continuous national clinical registry that allows surgeons, hospitals, and practice groups to analyze and report on the quality of their neurosurgical care, and target areas where quality improvement is needed.
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The William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship program is available to neurosurgical residents interested in studying abroad to further his or her scientific and clinical knowledge.
 
Spine: To advance spinal neurosurgery and related sciences, to improve patient care, to support meaningful basic and clinical research, to provide leadership in undergraduate and graduate continuing education.
Tumor: devoted to the study and treatment of brain tumors.
CV: is to promote and assure advancement in the diagnosis and the surgical and endovascular management of cerebrovascular disease includes stroke, carotid stenosis, vertebral stenosis and intracranial stenosis, aneurysms, and vascular malformations.
Peds: an effort to improve the care of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with neurosurgical disorders. Areas including Brain Tumors, Chiari Malformation, Craniosynostosis and Craniofacial Disorders, Epilepsy, Hydrocephalus, Neurofibromatosis, Positional Molding Helmet Band Therapy, Positional Plagiocephaly, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Spasticity, Spina Bifida, Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome.
Trauma: To advance Neurotrauma and Neurocritical care related sciences, to support meaningful basic and clinical research to improve outcome, to provide leadership continuing education, and represent neurosurgeons in neurotrauma related matters on a national and international level.
History: To honor, record and archive Neurological and Neurosurgical events.
Council of State and Local Neurosurgical Societies: The CSNS will be an efficient and diverse representational organization with strong leadership collaborating with other Neurosurgery and professional medical organizations to address socioeconomic policy that impact Neurosurgical practice and delivery of quality Neurosurgical care to patients.
Women In Neurosurgery (WINS): The purpose of WINS is to educate, inspire, and encourage women neurosurgeons to realize their professional and personal goals, and to serve neurosurgery in addressing the issues inherent to training and maintaining a diverse and balanced workforce.
Pain: is to maintain the role of the neurosurgeon in pain management through education, advocacy, and research. Areas in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Pain, Low Back Pain, Low Back Strain and Sprain, Minimally Invasive Spine.
Stereotactic and Functional: To foster the use of image guided and physiologically guided surgeries that alter the function of the nervous system, for treatment of neurological disorders.
Peripheral Nerve: To advance peripheral nerve surgery and the science of nerve regeneration, to improve outcomes from advanced patient treatments, to support meaningful basic, translational, and clinical research, and to provide leadership in undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate continuing education.
Area of Greatest Need/Education: Support the future of medicine now by contributing to the Foundation's efforts in resident and fellow education in the subspecialty area of greatest need. Education is provided at no costs to residents and fellows, in areas of training that may not be addressed in traditional training programs. Your support will ensure the future of the critical work of neurosurgery.
 
Roy Bakay Fund



Purpose: To be utilized for research in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.
Ulrich Batzdorf Fund



Purpose: To be utilized for basic science research in spinal cord injury.
Warren C. Boop Jr. Family Fund



Purpose: To be utilized for basic science research in spinal cord injury.
 
Spine: To advance spinal neurosurgery and related sciences, to improve patient care, to support meaningful basic and clinical research, to provide leadership in undergraduate and graduate continuing education.
Tumor: devoted to the study and treatment of brain tumors.
CV: is to promote and assure advancement in the diagnosis and the surgical and endovascular management of cerebrovascular disease includes stroke, carotid stenosis, vertebral stenosis and intracranial stenosis, aneurysms, and vascular malformations.
Peds: an effort to improve the care of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with neurosurgical disorders. Areas including Brain Tumors, Chiari Malformation, Craniosynostosis and Craniofacial Disorders, Epilepsy, Hydrocephalus, Neurofibromatosis, Positional Molding Helmet Band Therapy, Positional Plagiocephaly, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Spasticity, Spina Bifida, Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome.
Trauma: To advance Neurotrauma and Neurocritical care related sciences, to support meaningful basic and clinical research to improve outcome, to provide leadership continuing education, and represent neurosurgeons in neurotrauma related matters on a national and international level.
History: To honor, record and archive Neurological and Neurosurgical events.
Pain: is to maintain the role of the neurosurgeon in pain management through education, advocacy, and research. Areas in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Pain, Low Back Pain, Low Back Strain and Sprain, Minimally Invasive Spine.
Stereotactic and Functional: To foster the use of image guided and physiologically guided surgeries that alter the function of the nervous system, for treatment of neurological disorders.
Peripheral Nerve: To advance peripheral nerve surgery and the science of nerve regeneration, to improve outcomes from advanced patient treatments, to support meaningful basic, translational, and clinical research, and to provide leadership in undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate continuing education.
Area of Greatest Need/Outcomes: The NREF is dedicated to funding research into new and existing neurosurgical treatments, and to identifying links between best practices and improved outcomes in patient care. Your donation, directed to Outcomes/Area of Greatest Need will support data collection, analysis and reporting on nationwide clinical data from neurosurgical practices in order to support research efforts, compare effectiveness, satisfy reporting requirements and provide quality improvement data. Your donation will be directed to the subspecialty area where the need is greatest.
 
Spine: To advance spinal neurosurgery and related sciences, to improve patient care, to support meaningful basic and clinical research, to provide leadership in undergraduate and graduate continuing education.
Tumor: devoted to the study and treatment of brain tumors.
CV: is to promote and assure advancement in the diagnosis and the surgical and endovascular management of cerebrovascular disease includes stroke, carotid stenosis, vertebral stenosis and intracranial stenosis, aneurysms, and vascular malformations.
Peds: an effort to improve the care of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with neurosurgical disorders. Areas including Brain Tumors, Chiari Malformation, Craniosynostosis and Craniofacial Disorders, Epilepsy, Hydrocephalus, Neurofibromatosis, Positional Molding Helmet Band Therapy, Positional Plagiocephaly, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Spasticity, Spina Bifida, Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome.
Trauma: To advance Neurotrauma and Neurocritical care related sciences, to support meaningful basic and clinical research to improve outcome, to provide leadership continuing education, and represent neurosurgeons in neurotrauma related matters on a national and international level.
History: To honor, record and archive Neurological and Neurosurgical events.
Council of State and Local Neurosurgical Societies: The CSNS will be an efficient and diverse representational organization with strong leadership collaborating with other Neurosurgery and professional medical organizations to address socioeconomic policy that impact Neurosurgical practice and delivery of quality Neurosurgical care to patients.
Women In Neurosurgery (WINS): The purpose of WINS is to educate, inspire, and encourage women neurosurgeons to realize their professional and personal goals, and to serve neurosurgery in addressing the issues inherent to training and maintaining a diverse and balanced workforce.
Pain: is to maintain the role of the neurosurgeon in pain management through education, advocacy, and research. Areas in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chronic Pain, Low Back Pain, Low Back Strain and Sprain, Minimally Invasive Spine.
Stereotactic and Functional: To foster the use of image guided and physiologically guided surgeries that alter the function of the nervous system, for treatment of neurological disorders.
Peripheral Nerve: To advance peripheral nerve surgery and the science of nerve regeneration, to improve outcomes from advanced patient treatments, to support meaningful basic, translational, and clinical research, and to provide leadership in undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate continuing education.
Area of Greatest Need/Research: The NREF provides funding for a variety of research opportunities for medical students, residents, and young clinician investigators and encourages applications in all neurosurgical subspecialty areas. Research grant and award recipients are selected through NREF's independent, peer-review process, which is modeled on the process used by the National Institutes of Health. Your donation will provide critical funding for neurosurgical investigators who seek advancements to improve patient quality of life in the subspecialty area of greatest funding need.

Other Ways to Give

  • Young Neurosurgeons – The NREF leadership established the Young Neurosurgeons Circle of Giving to introduce neurosurgical residents into the culture of philanthropy. Membership is open to residents who demonstrate a commitment to advancing neurosurgery with a cash contribution of $500 ($USD) or more. Eligibility expires at the conclusion of your residency.

  • Planned Gifts – The NREF offers donors a variety of Charitable Planning Strategies, including planned gifts, bequests, stock transfers, royalties and more. For more information, please contact 847.378.0500 and ask for the NREF, or email the staff at info@nref.org. Individuals should talk with their personal tax advisor or financial planner to determine which charitable giving strategy is best.

  • Donor-Advised Funds – Individuals can contribute to the NREF through a donor-advised fund available through Fidelity Charitable, Vanguard Charitable, etc. A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a philanthropic vehicle that allows donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax benefit and then recommend distribution from the fund over time. Donors may contribute to their donor-advised fund as frequently as they would like and can then recommend a grant to the NREF when they are ready to make a gift.

  • Memorials and Tributes – The NREF has partnered with Legacy.com to assist individuals and families in the direction of memorial donations to the NREF. To honor a loved one that has passed away, donors can consult with their funeral director or include the NREF as the designated charity in an obituary.

  • Retail – Support the NREF when you shop. Register with iGive.com or AmazonSmile and designate the NREF as your charity. iGive.com has over 1,700 online stores available, and the NREF receives a donation whenever you shop via their site. By using Amazon Smile, 0.5% of the price of selected items will be donated to the NREF at no additional cost to you.
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Payment Options

Online The NREF accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express
  Note: If you have an Open Invoice: Please log in to myAANS.org,  select "My Invoices" and click on "Outstanding Invoices" to make a payment. 

Mail Please make check payable to the "Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation" and mail to:

Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF)
7661 Eagle Way
Chicago, IL 60678-1076

Reminder: If paying by check, please include a note in the memo field that directs your donation to the desired fund. Receipts for your tax-deductible donation will be made out to the Payor on the check. Donations from institutions on behalf of an individual should include the individual Donor's name on the check, so the contribution can be properly recorded.
Donor-Advised Fund Consult with a donor-advised fund administrator for details on giving to NREF.
Matching Gifts  If your employer has a matching gift program, please obtain the proper forms from your personnel office.

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