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Your tax-deductible gift can be targeted to one of the following AED programs:
(Please click on each program for further information on each.)
- The AED Scholarship Fund
- AED & Hope Network 1 Family/$1 Drive for Eating Disorders
- AED Advocacy Fund
- Research Grants
- AED General Fund
Click HERE for a Donation Guide or make a donation ONLINE now. If you prefer to make a contribution by mail, please click HERE to access a print-version of our contribution form. If you have questions or would like to speak with us about a donation please call us at +1-847-498-4274 (USA).
The AED Scholarship Fund
The goal of the AED Scholarship Fund is to raise funds to provide training and education in eating disorders treatment, research, and prevention for the (i) Clinician Scholarships and the (ii) Student/Early Career Investigator Travel Fellowship. Scholarship recipients are provided with support to attend the AED International Conference and gain knowledge to improve the quality of eating disorders care, research, policy and prevention in their communities around the world.
The AED Scholarship Fund is essential to AED's mission to promote excellence in research, treatment and prevention of eating disorders and to provide education, training and a forum for collaboration and professional dialogue.
The contributions to the AED Scholarship Fund supports colleagues from around the globe who might not otherwise have the resources to attend the ICED. As a result, these colleagues enrich their home communities and our professional community. In all, the success of this campaign reflects the ongoing commitment of the AED membership to encourage and support diversity in our membership.
This program is named in honor of AED Past President Judith Banker's late husband, John H. Sayler, who demonstrated unflagging support of her involvement in the AED and her commitment to the Academy's professional scholarship program and global education and training programs integrating research and practice. Gifts directed to this program will support professional education initiatives that advance these themes.
Spearheaded by AED member Becky Henry, author of, Just Tell Her To Stop: Family Stories of Eating Disorders, and founder of the Hope Network for Eating Disorders, the 1 Family $1 Drive seeks to galvanize the families of people with eating disorders to support eating disorders research, similar to the impact achieved by families of those with breast cancer and autism.
Becky describes what inspired her to launch this campaign: “One morning while contemplating what the 70 million families I am reaching with my book needed, I realized that in addition to the helpful stories the book offers, they need answers. It suddenly occurred to me that if I asked each family to donate $1 we can raise $70 million to fund quality research. This gives us hope that in our lifetimes we can support eating disorders research at the level needed to develop more evidence based treatments and improve the treatments we already have. I am grateful to be able to partner with the AED on this initiative, to use their global infrastructure and research expertise to achieve our goal.”
Gifts to this fund will enable the AED to continue to develop its worldwide advocacy efforts. Some of the programs currently sponsored include:
- Charter for Action on Eating Disorders: The Charter outlines the treatment rights and expectations of people with eating disorders and the families and loved ones who care for them. This important document has been signed by treaters and carers from around the globe and is used to drive advocacy efforts aimed at improving the quality and accessibility of treatment for individuals with eating disorders.
- AED Global Think Tank: The AED Global Think Tank is an annual meeting held at the AED International Conference on Eating Disorders that draws delegates from around the globe to address ways to improve eating disorders treatment, education, prevention, and research.
- AED Patient/Carer Task Force: This AED task force is comprised of representatives from patient/carer organizations from around the world. Its purpose is to develop educational programs and activist initiatives that address the needs and interests of people with eating disorders and their families and loved ones who care for them.
- Political Action: The AED collaborates with regional eating disorder organizations to lobby for measures to improve the quality and accessibility of eating disorders treatment and research.
AED Student Research Grants
The AED Student Research Grants support innovative and cutting-edge research conducted by student members of the AED. These grants can be used to support any aspect of a student research project, including (but not limited to) participant payments, support staff salaries, and costs related to study assessments and/or database management. These awards serve the dual purpose of enhancing the training of our student members and advancing the science in our field by funding the most innovative and promising research.
TJ's Fund for Eating Disorders Research
TJ's Fund for Eating Disorders Research is named in honor of Thomas Lee Warschefsky, II. TJ battled anorexia nervosa for eight years and was in a residential treatment program three different times. TJ was an honor student at Okemos High School in East Lansing, MI, USA and graduated cum laude from Albion College in Albion, MI, USA. He was a high school scholar athlete and a cross country and tennis walk-on at Albion College. He was also in the U.S. Air Force Medical Professionals program and a first year dental student at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. In addition to these accomplishments, TJ had a great sense of humor, was extremely kind and sensitive, and very loved by everyone. Despite his many strengths, TJ succumbed to anorexia nervosa and passed away on Valentine's Day in 2007 at the age of 22.
Throughout TJ's battle with anorexia nervosa, his family discovered that little was known about its causes or effective treatments. TJ's family developed TJ's Fund to promote a search for a cure through research grants related to the biological cause and/or treatment of eating disorders. Biological research has made great strides in understanding the development and treatment of other serious forms of mental illness such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The AED is no longer taking applications for this grant but donations in TJ's honor are welcome.
Meet a few of the individuals who have been helped by the Research fellowship fund each year.
Gifts to the AED's general fund allow us the greatest flexibility in program development and outreach. Funds are used for programs designed to:
- Promote the effective treatment and care of patients with eating disorders and associated disorders
- Develop and advance initiatives for the prevention of eating disorders
- Disseminate knowledge regarding eating disorders to members of the Academy, other professionals and the general public
- Stimulate and support research in the field
- Promote multidisciplinary expertise within the Academy's membership
- Assist in the development of guidelines for training, practice and professional conduct within the field
- Identify and reward outstanding achievement and service in the field
The AED appreciates your support!
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- Last Updated: 22 September 2014