AASV Foundation News
Moving to the next level

Congratulations! The AASV Foundation’s endowment – the funds reserved for investment to generate a perpetual source of income for the foundation – recently surpassed $1 million! This achievement is especially notable given that the funds were accumulated while the foundation was also awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships, travel stipends, research grants, and funding for many other programs in support of the swine veterinary profession. Thank you to the many AASV members and industry partners whose support of the foundation made this possible!

Moving forward, the foundation is now looking towards the next level and its goal to establish a $2 million endowment by the 2019 AASV Annual Meeting. That’s an ambitious goal (some might say a big, hairy, and audacious goal), but with the current momentum, it can be achieved! The foundation offers three levels of endowed giving (Leman, Heritage, and Legacy) to enable every AASV member to participate in the effort to ensure a sustainable future for the AASV Foundation.

Are you ready to move to the next level?


If you’re not already a Leman Fellow, you should be. Named for the late industry leader and former AASV president, Dr Allen D. Leman, this giving program confers the title of “Leman Fellow” upon those who make a contribution of $1000 or more to the foundation endowment.

The Leman Fellows, recognized at https://www.aasv.org/foundation/leman.htm, form the backbone of the foundation, not only through financial support, but also in service to the organization. The Leman Fellows are invited to attend the foundation’s annual luncheon meeting, and many have served on the foundation board and committees.


The Heritage Fellow program represents the next level of support for the foundation, recognizing contributions of $5000 or more. While the Leman Fellow program is based upon monetary donations, Heritage Fellows may select from additional contribution options, including life insurance policies, estate bequests, and retirement plan assets.

To enroll in the program, the donor indicates the type and amount of the contribution when submitting the Heritage “Letter of Intent” found at https://www.aasv.org/foundation/documents/heritageform.pdf. Heritage Fellows receive a plaque and lapel pin when they are recognized during the foundation’s annual luncheon. Since the program’s inception in 2001, the roster of Heritage Fellows has grown to 54 members, identified at https://www.aasv.org/foundation/heritage.htm.


The Legacy Fund provides an opportunity to recognize a principal donor – or an honoree – through a significant contribution to the endowment. A donor, multiple donors, or a veterinary practice may establish and name a Legacy Fund with a gift of $50,000 or more. The fund may be named after the donor or another individual or group. Additionally, the donor designates which one of three foundation mission categories the fund’s proceeds will support: 1) research, 2) education, or 3) long-range issues.

To date, three Legacy Funds have been established: the Nathan L. Winkelman Legacy Fund, the K. T. Wright Legacy Fund, and the Pipestone Veterinary Services Practice Legacy Fund. Leave a legacy to the foundation by establishing a Legacy Fund. For details, see https://www.aasv.org/foundation/legacy.php.

For more information about the AASVF endowment giving programs, or to make a contribution, see https://www.aasv.org/foundation, or contact the AASV Foundation: Tel: 515-465-5255, E-mail: aasv@aasv.org.

Golf for the foundation August 24 in Ames, Iowa

Registration is now open for the popular AASV Foundation Golf Outing, to be held at Veenker Memorial Golf Course on Thursday, August 24, in Ames, Iowa.
(PDF PDF of the registration form)

AASV members, clients, staff, family, and other industry stakeholders are invited to register a four-person team for this fun, 18-hole best-ball tournament. Individual golfers and couples are also welcome and will be assigned to a team.

Golfer check-in begins at 11:00 am on the 24th, with practice balls available for warming up on the driving range before the contest begins. A shotgun start at noon kicks off the four-person team, best-ball competition. Golfers compete as a foursome against the challenges of the course in addition to participating in individual contests along the way. Games and giveaways offered by golf-hole sponsors will add to the fun. APC is sponsoring box lunches, and beverages will also be provided on-course. When the golfing is completed, team and individual contest winners will be recognized during the pork dinner sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health.

The registration fee includes 18 holes of best-ball golf, cart, lunch, beverages, awards dinner, and prizes. Funds raised by the event support AASV Foundation programs such as swine externship grants for veterinary students, travel stipends for students attending the AASV annual meeting, research grants, tuition grants at the Swine Medicine Education Center, and more.

To preview the golf course, visit http://www.veenkergolf.com. For more information about the outing, contact AASV: Tel: 515-465-5255; E-mail: aasv@aasv.org.