Ways to Give

Donate to the Rheba de Tornyay Development Fund

The Rheba de Tornyay Development Fund, as the primary fundraising arm, houses all contributions made to the Academy. The Academy also offers donors opportunities to give to one of our restricted funds in support of the signature initiatives: the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Edge Runners, and the Institute for Nursing Leadership.

Renamed in 2011, the Rheba de Tornyay Development Fund honors Dr. Rheba de Tornyay, a Living Legend, Founding Fellow, and First Board President of the Academy. Rheba de Tornyay dedicated her life to promoting research, training, and services for the healthy aging of adults while advancing the nursing profession. The Academy can think of no better way to honor her legacy.

What Your Donations Support

While this development fund elevates and supports a variety of the Academy's initiatives, including strategic partnerships and expert panel discussions, each dollar raised directly supports the Academy's mission of improving health and achieving health equity by impacting policy through nursing leadership, innovation, and science. The funding raised through the Rheba de Tornyay Development unrestricted fund goes towards supporting the organization’s policy work and membership activities, offsetting operational costs. The funds raised through the restricted funds support the Academy’s signature initiatives as well as their events and programming.

Become a Donor

The Academy encourages all Fellows and supporters to become a part of the organization’s culture of philanthropy. You can become involved today via an online donation or through one of the options below. You can make a gift in memory or in honor of someone who has inspired your nursing path. The Academy accepts one-time and recurring donations. Please contact Lauren Inouye, Chief Advancement Officer, at linouye@aannet.org, to learn more about the Academy’s giving options.

How to Donate

Gifts can be sent to:
American Academy of Nursing
The Rheba de Tornyay Development Fund
1000 Vermont Ave, NW Suite 910
Washington, DC 20005

Any questions should be directed to Lauren Inouye, Chief Advancement Officer, at linouye@AANnet.org.


Estate Planning

Naming the American Academy of Nursing as a beneficiary in your will or living trust is one of the simplest ways to donate through estate planning. Doing so can also lower the amount of your taxable estate and any estate taxes. If you do decide to name the Academy in your estate planning, please let us know so we can recognize your planned generosity.

Stock Donations

In order to donate stock shares to the American Academy of Nursing, please send a letter to your investment company noting the stock name(s), share quantities, etc. to initiate the transfer. Also include delivery information for the shares to be sent. Please also indicate the name associated with the donation and which Academy donation fund the gift should be applied to, Unrestricted or Restricted (CANS, Edge Runners, or INL). Contact Lauren Inouye at linouye@aannet.org for more information.

Charitable Giving from an IRA

Individuals can give up to $100,000 per year to charities from their IRAs, and the amount can count toward any required minimum distributions (RMDs). RMDs are distributions you're required to take from retirement accounts once you reach a certain age. Giving funds directly from your IRA is considered a qualified charitable distribution (QCD), allowing you to exclude the amount from your income so you don’t pay taxes on it.

Edge Runners Restricted Fund

Edge Runners is a signature initiative of the Academy that recognizes nurse-designed models of care that reduce cost, improve health care quality, advance health equity, and enhance consumer satisfaction. 

INL Restricted Fund

The Institute for Nursing Leadership (INL) was launched in 2014 as a signature initiative of the Academy that advances the impact of nurse leaders, from early career to senior leadership.

CANS Restricted Fund

The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS), a signature initiative of the Academy, supports the organization’s vision of Healthy Lives for All People through nursing research.

Your generosity allows the Academy to build upon opportunities that may not otherwise be funded. The American Academy of Nursing is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all contributions are tax-deductible. The Academy's EIN# is 52-2213870. As with any tax-deductible contribution, please consult your tax advisor.