American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

National Association of Osteopathic Foundations (NAOF)

The NAOF works:   

  • To organize and maintain a group of osteopathic foundations represented by executive staff professionals who offer resources for promotion and/or funding of osteopathic programs in seeking to provide a better understanding of osteopathic medicine and to serve the healthcare needs of the general public.  

  • To provide advice, counsel, and expertise to the AOA and other osteopathic organizations, on request, in such areas as foundation management, funding resources, grant proposal development, public relations, marketing and other issues and programs affecting osteopathic medicine. 

  • To exchange ideas and information among members of this association through educational programs, publications, meetings and conferences.

  • To provide a forum for the AOA and other osteopathic organizations to present fundraising proposals, and to discuss and evaluate, where appropriate, these needs on a local or regional level based on each individual foundation's bylaws, goals and objectives, funding restrictions, articles of incorporation and legal restrictions.

  • To provide assistance to osteopathic groups seeking to organize new foundations.

  • To acquire, preserve and maintain data and information relative to its members and their programs as well as regulations and laws pertaining to foundations in general.

  • To not infringe on the rights, bylaws, mission or general purpose of individual osteopathic foundations.

  • To do all things incident to or necessary for the accomplishment of these objectives.


The voting membership in this association shall be composed of the chief executive officer or the official designee of any freestanding osteopathic foundation or foundation affiliated with the AOA, its affiliated organizations, divisional societies, and local affiliates, osteopathic colleges and hospitals, and such other osteopathic foundations as deemed appropriate.