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AOTF undertakes focused fundraising campaigns to support its programs of research, education, and leadership. Learn more about the AOTF Intervention Research Grant program, Martha Kirkland Leadership Legacy Campaign and the Gary W. Kielhofner Graduate Fellowship Campaign.  Learn more about creating a scholarship endowment.



The Martha Kirkland Leadership Legacy Campaign

The Martha Kirkland Leadership Legacy Campaign honors its namesake, who served as the Foundation's executive director from 1986-2007. During her tenure, most of the AOTF's current assets were accumulated, many of the acclaimed programs and traditions of the foundation were established, and the Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health was founded. The MK Leadership Legacy Campaign seeks to raise $500,000 to support endowed scholarships, internships, and programs to develop emerging leaders in occupational therapy. Nationwide, chapters of Pi Theta Epsilon, occupational therapy's accredited national honor society, will join AOTF in its efforts to raise funds to fully endow the Martha Kirkland Scholarships. The Foundation is pleased to invite friends and supporters to join in the creation of this enduring fund as a tribute to Martha's extraordinary service in leading the Foundation in its efforts to preserve occupational therapy's past, serve its present, and secure its future.


The Gary W. Kielhofner Graduate Fellowship in Occupational Therapy

Join us in honoring the memory of Gary W. Kielhofner with a contribution to the Gary W. Kielhofner Graduate Fellowship in Occupational Therapy.
Dr. Kielhofner, who died in September 2010 at the age of 61, was an internationally acclaimed scientist whose work was aimed at developing a model of human occupation for delivering occupational therapy services. Kielhofner was a professor and Wade/Meyer Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). During his lifetime he gave hundreds of invited lectures and published 19 books and over 150 scientific papers. His Center for Outcomes Research and Education at UIC was supported in part by a grant from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.
The Gary W. Kielhofner Graduate Fellowship in Occupational Therapy was created to recognize his contributions to the field and his volunteerism over the years by awarding a $5,000 fellowship to any advanced graduate student enrolled at an accredited university.  The AOTF seeks to raise $75,000 to endow this fund.