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Giving Options

We offer a variety of ways you can support OREF's research mission with a gift that aligns with your interests and preferences. Select a tab above for more information on each option.

Looking for a specific campaign or fund?

  • For Order of Merit, Resident and ORS PhD Member gifts, select Annual Fund.

  • For Visionary Research Society, Mentor Campaign and AAOS Clinical Gaps Fund gifts, select Research Fund.

  • For John and Kim Callaghan Legacy Society gifts, select Planned Gifts.

About the Annual Fund

The OREF Annual Fund is an important way you can support OREF’s mission to fund innovative research that improves musculoskeletal health, support investigators throughout their careers, and collaborate with others to drive improvements in clinical practice. Your gift enables OREF to administer a comprehensive program that has provided nearly $150 million in grant and award funding since our founding in 1955.

Select an option at right to make your Annual Fund gift.

Giving Options

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About the Research Fund

Your gift to the OREF Research Fund enables OREF to promote a research agenda that addresses today's most critical issues while supporting the most promising new investigators in the fields. 100% of your gift to the Research Fund supports research grants and grant administration. Click the button below to make a Research Fund gift or select a topic at right to learn about other ways you can support the Research Fund.

Make a Research Fund Gift

Research Fund

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About the OREF Endowment

An unrestricted gift to the OREF Endowment Fund is an enduring way to support orthopaedic research. Each year, a small percentage of the Endowment’s earnings are available for OREF to use to carry out its mission of giving new investigators the support they need to pursue research and establish themselves in the field.  

Make an Endowment Fund Gift

OREF Endowment

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About Planned Giving

Planned giving is an excellent way to ensure that OREF will be in a position to fund high-quality research and continue to advance the specialty for years to come. Including OREF in your will or a Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) or making OREF a beneficiary of a life insurance policy are great ways to support future research.

If you'd like to make a gift with a more immediate impact, a charitable distribution from an IRA might be a great option that can also save you money. If you are required to take an annual minimum distribution from an IRA, you can avoid paying income tax on the distribution (up to a maximum of $100,000) by making a distribution directly from your IRA to a qualified 501(c)(3) charity like OREF.

If you are interested in learning more about supporting OREF’s mission through a planned gift or a qualified charitable distribution to OREF, please contact John Johnson, Vice President of Development, at (847) 430-5106 or

Planned Giving

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About Pledge Payments

Please use this form to make a payment on an existing pledge or gift commitment. There is space on the form to indicate the gift or pledge to which your payment should be applied. 

Make a Pledge Payment