The American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) recognizes the transformational contributions of individuals and organizations by the naming of a program, fellowship, lecture, designated Headquarters location, or other offering, referred to hereafter as "Program/Program Components" This policy establishes a uniform and consistent procedure to gain AOA approval and to record these namings for designated AOA Program/Program Components. AOA Executive Committee approval is required before the naming of any Program/Program Components.
The primary intent of the naming process is to allow the AOA to recognize the important contributions of an individual, family, group, or organization to the AOA or of a person, group of people, or organization that represents the ideals and values of the AOA.
Even though Program/Project Components naming is appropriate and meant to recognize important financial contributions to the AOA, perception should be considered when deliberating upon the appropriateness/inappropriateness of a possible name. Examples of this concept include:
II. Naming Parameters/Policies
A. Minimum Contribution Amounts
Those that may be honored as a result of providing a significant contribution to the AOA with named AOA Program/Program Components are as follows:
Named AOA Program/Program Components Support levels, Recognition and Duration:
- Gifts of $1M+ entitles the donor to a 10-year naming right for an AOA Program (see section 2C for program and program components). Gifts of $1M or greater may be considered and recommended for a longer recognition period by the Development Committe (for Executive Committee approval).
- Program/Program Components gifts of $500,000-$999,999 entitles the donor to a 5-year naming rights for an AOA Program.
Gifts of $125,000-$499,999 entitles the donor to a 10-year naming right for an AOA Program Component (see section 2C for programs and program components).
At the end of the naming rights term, the Executive Committee may elect to revert the Program/Program Components name, rename the Program/Program Components, or continue the Named Program/Program Components with the preceding contributor’s name under special circumstances.
Exceptions to this AOA Program/Program Components Naming Policy are allowed only when specifically approved by the Executive Committee.
B. Modification or Reallocation of Program/Program Components and Names
As modifications are made to Program/Program Components over time, situations may occur where it is in the best interest of the AOA to modify or reallocate resources to named AOA Program/Program Components. If modifications to named Program/Program Components are required or recommended, appropriate AOA administrators will be involved to ensure that the original purpose of the naming and the donor's wishes, if applicable, are preserved, as appropriate.
In the event Program/Program Component names are desired to be modified or shifted between Program/Program Components by the transformational gift donor, approval must be obtained by the Executive Committee using this policy and process.
C. Program/Program Components Naming Opportunities and Restrictions
The following opportunities may be named with restrictions as outlined.
Programs can be named with a gift of $500,000 or more. Programs that can be named include:
- Resident Leadership Forum
- Traveling Fellowship Program
Program Components that can be named with a gift of $125,000 or more include:
- ASG Traveling Fellowship - Fellow Sponsor
CORD Lecture Series
ELF Speaker Series
JOA Traveling Fellowship - Fellowship Sponsor
NATF Traveling Fellowship - Fellow Sponsor
Own the Bone Speaker Series
Own the Bone Webinars
RLF Speaker Series
AOA Traveling Fellowships
The word "fellowship" refers to the AOA Traveling Fellowships generally and including:
The term “lecture” with respect to a named Program/Program Components may be used for AOA Annual Meeting lectures (other than the Howard H. Steele, MD lecture) or a newly established lecture associated with an AOA program or conference including, but not limited to:
- Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD)
- Presidential Guest Lecture
- Resident Leadership Forum
- Regional Leadership Offering
The term “headquarters” refers to AOA’s building headquarters located at 9400 W. Higgins Road, Suite 205, Rosemont, IL. Naming opportunities include portions of the headquarter offices as follows:
- Focus room (2 total)
- Focus room (1 - west)
- Focus room (2 - east)
- Offices (5 total)
- Executive Director (1)
- Deputy Executive Director (2)
- Office (3 - north, next to Deputy Executive Director)
- Office (4 - north, next to kitchen)
- Office (5 - east, next to copy machine/supplies)
Consideration of donor requests for named Program/Program Components must be made after the contribution has been legally confirmed and will be considered by the Development Committee, which will make a recommendation to the Executive Committee. Final approval of Program/Program Components naming rests with the Executive Committee.
A. Review and Approval of Naming
Because of the growing public scrutiny of naming, the AOA Executive Director, Development Committee Chair, and AOA Senior Development Manager will review and advise the Executive Committee of any concerns raised by any proposed naming. Individuals may not commit the AOA to Program/Program Components naming before formal approval by the Executive Committee. Requests for a specific naming must be submitted as outlined in this document for review and approval by the Executive Committee.
B. Establishment and Duties of the Development Committee for Naming Rights
The chief function of the Development Committee pertaining to Naming will be to insure uniformity and consistency of names of AOA Program/Program Components and to make suggestions for names when requested by the Executive Committee.
The Development Committee will:
Consider donations/names proposed and apprise interested parties of the policy for the selection of names, according to the request letter detailed below
Act as the formal conduit for names to be submitted, researched, and forwarded for recommendation to the Executive Committee
Recommend, as appropriate, a specific name and term limit in response to a naming opportunity
Maintain records of approved names
Receive and maintain brief biographical data and a statement as to why the person named is so honored
Notify the requester of the status once the Executive Committee has acted upon the request
The AOA Senior Development Manger will provide the following information:
Importance of and basis for the proposed Project naming to the AOA
Nature of the gifting and/or commendable activity
Other conditions, concerns, or impacts of the naming
Identified plans for any plaque, funding and maintenance