About the Foundation

Established in 1981, the AANA Foundation is a charitable organization devoted to anesthesia research, education and development.  The Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. The Foundation funds scholarships, doctoral fellowships, post-doctoral fellowships, research grants, general poster sessions, oral "State of the Science" poster sessions and doctoral mentorships.  Rita L. LeBlanc Philanthropist of the Year, Advocate of the Year and Researcher of the Year Awards are presented annually by the AANA Foundation.  
Mission Statement
Advancing the science of anesthesia through education and research. As the philanthropic arm of the AANA, the Foundation raises funds and invests in projects that directly support the nurse anesthesia profession.
Vision Statement
The AANA Foundation serves as the leading resource for assuring safe anesthesia care through education and research.
Core Values
Knowledge, integrity, excellence and stewardship.
The Foundation provides financial support to CRNAs and SRNAs through a variety of initiatives and events in addition to offering workshops attended by hundreds of individuals. Over the course of its 35-year history, the Foundation has awarded more than $3.67 million to more than 3,000 individuals as detailed below. 
  • 1,025 scholarships totaling more than $1,593,000 to support nurse anesthesia
  • 182 fellowships totaling $1,185,600 to assist CRNA students pursuing their PhD and DNP degrees
  • 188 research grants to CRNAs totaling more than $787,200
  • 43 student research grants totaling $42,000
  • 1,742 poster presentations at AANA Annual Congresses totaling more than $122,000
Research Agenda
One of the goals of the AANA Foundation is to support new and seasoned investigators in nurse anesthesia through grants, fellowships and post doctoral fellowships. Programs are designed to develop researchers in nurse anesthesia.
The AANA Foundation sets a broad range of research objectives that includes the following areas:
  • Healthcare policy
  • Science of anesthesia
  • Education
  • Practice/Clinical
  • Leadership

AANAF and AANA Joint Research Program Overview.pdf

Health Policy Research New!
The AANA Foundation convened a Research Ad Hoc Committee, which comprised 8 total members (2 representatives for each affiliate:  AANA, AANA Foundation, COA, and NBCRNA).   Each member was asked to identify 2-3 health policy research questions that addressed policy, education, or practice. 
To learn more about the health policy research agenda, development and methodology, and download the 24 questions by domain please visit the Health Policy Research Agenda page.  To review the top 6 ranked questions please go here


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 Why Your Support is Needed

​Your donation will assist with:
  • High profile, critical research focused on:
    • Best anesthesia practice
    • Nurse anesthesia scope of practice
    • Anesthesia quality
    • Cost effectiveness
    • Malpractice closed claims
  • Fellowships
  • General grants
  • Workshops
  • CRNA recognition

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AANA Foundation
222 S. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL  60068
Programs and Research
Contact Lorraine for more information:
Lorraine Jordan
Executive Director
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Luanne Irvin
Development Officer
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Nat Carmichael
Assistant Director
Bonnie Lowth
Administrative & Program Assistant