ASN and the ASN Foundation rely on annual contributions to achieve its mission.

Learn how you can contribute to develop and extend knowledge of nutrition in order to improve public health and clinical practice.

Support a Program

Dedicate your support to specific programmatic areas like those listed below. Please email us if you would like to contribute to a specific program that is not featured (for example, we can facilitate donations in support of specific ASN Research Interest Sections).

  • The Gilbert A. Leveille Lectureship and Award The nutrition community lost a legend with the recent passing of Dr. Gilbert Leveille. The ASN Foundation is seeking memorial contributions to help fully endow this prestigious lectureship and award to ensure his legacy lives on in perpetuity. Please consider a charitable donation to this fund in Dr. Leveille’s honor. This award recognizes outstanding research in nutrition science and food technology. Established to honor esteemed scientist Gilbert Leveille, this award was created in 2009 and it co-administered by ASN and IFT.
  • Activities of the ASN Foundation (where most needed)
    General donations that will be designated for use by ASN Foundation.
  • Young Investigator Pilot Grants Fund (Launched in 2018)
    Annual research grants for preliminary or pilot phases of young investigators’ research projects will be available through this new fund. Donations will support their efforts to address focused research questions, obtain preliminary data to support larger grant proposals in the future, and develop a line of research that can be carried forward into an academic career.
  • Friends of ASN Fellows Tribute Fund (to foster the next generation of scientists)
    Established in 2017 at the request of ASN members, this fund is a way to make tribute gifts in honor of luminaries in the nutrition field who have passed. Donations support awards and scholarships for young investigators at ASN’s annual meetings. ASN members and friends of Society are invited to make a contribution in honor of these preeminent leaders, researchers, clinicians and educators in our field.
  • Marian Swendseid Nutrition and Cancer Scholarship Fund
    This fund was developed in honor of the late Dr. Marian Swendseid, a professor emerita at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and internationally renowned expert in the field of nutrition. The Scholarship Fund is designed to accept donations in support of students or investigators who are focused on nutrition and cancer prevention.
  • Nevin Scrimshaw Mid-Career Award Endowment Fund
    ASN’s Global Nutrition Council established this fund in 2017 to support an annual mid-career award to recognize and reward individuals who are doing innovative work to advance the field. This award is named in honor of Dr. Scrimshaw’s extraordinary career dedicated to the alleviation of hunger and malnutrition. This was partially funded through a generous donation by the Sight and Life Foundation, however additional matching donations are needed to complete the establishment of the Endowment.
  • Programs for Minority Investigators and Students
    Donations helps support the development and execution of programs for minority investigators and students including the annual “Young Minority Oral Investigator Competition” held at ASN’s annual conference.
  • Dennis Bier, MD Fund Donations to this fund supports the Dennis Bier, MD Young Career Editor Position, honoring Dr. Bier for his many years of service as Editor of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN). Dr. Kevin Klatt was selected as the inaugural AJCN Young Career Editor last year and in this role is working to broaden AJCN’s public voice continuing its tradition of innovation and excellence in science publishing, while promoting and expanding journal content to target audiences, from technical experts to the general public.

Honor Someone Special

Work with us to establish ASNF named accounts to honor preeminent leaders, researchers, clinicians, or educators. Please contact Keith Dillon if you would like more information about a memorial fund.

Tribute gifts

Honor a mentor, express your gratitude, or offer your congratulations. Complete the “in honor of” field on the donation form, and let us know to whom the gift acknowledgment should be sent.

Memorial gifts

Remember a colleague, or send your condolences to family members. Complete the “in memory of” field on the donation form, and let us know to whom the memorial acknowledgment should be sent.

Planned Giving

A planned gift is a special type of gift that will not impact your cash flow, lifestyle or family security during your lifetime. Planned gifts can result in potentially significant tax benefits and charitable deduction opportunities, and they are easy to adjust or revoke if your circumstances change in the future.

There are many types of planned gifts. Here are a few of the most common:


You can outline a bequest in your will, which is a legal document specifying how your property will be distributed after your death. Bequests can be set up as a percentage of an estate, a specific gift amount and/or asset, or a residuary estate. Bequests benefit ASN, and reduce your estate’s tax liability


In this method of planned giving, ASN is set up as a percentage or full beneficiary of an account. Accounts that generally enable beneficiary arrangements include bank accounts, brokerage accounts, life insurance policies, traditional IRAs and other retirement plans. A set-aside in your account can result in tax savings for your heirs, and ASN will receive part or all of your account after your death

ASN Memorial Fund & Permanent Endowments

ASN maintains a Memorial Fund, where named accounts can be established to honor a professional legacy in nutrition science. Sometimes, family members request that mourners donate in the memory of a loved one to ASN, in lieu of flowers. An account can fund a lecture or other program as well as an award, fellowship, or scholarship

An endowment is the best way to create a permanent tribute. With a major gift ($25,000-$100,000 or more), ASN will create a named fund that will support its dedicated program or award in perpetuity. An example is the E.L.R. Stokstad Fund, endowed by the Stokstad family, which extends an annual award for outstanding fundamental research in nutrition to scientists at relatively early stages in their careers.

How to Create a Planned Gift

You will likely need the below details to activate a planned gift in support of the ASN Foundation. Please email us, and we can send you draft bequest language and additional information about planned giving.

  • Our legal name is: American Society for Nutrition Foundation
  • Our tax identification number is: 45-2473558.
  • Our address is: 9211 Corporate Blvd, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20850

ASN cannot provide legal or financial advice; you should always consult your attorney and/or financial advisor when necessary.

Once your planned gift has been established, please let us know. We are considering the establishment of a planned giving circle to recognize ASN members who have made this commitment.

Please contact ASN Foundation Vice President Keith Dillon at (240) 428-3601 with any questions.

How to Donate

Members, please log in prior to donating so that we may credit your membership account appropriately. Members can also donate to ASN when renewing their membership. If you need help using the online form, please call (240) 428-3650.

If you prefer to send a donation by mail or fax, please use this Foundation Donation Form.

Federal employees can donate to ASN through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) (number 36770).

In addition, please consider remembering ASN in your estate planning. Planned giving options include bequests, beneficiary arrangements and more.

Please contact ASN Foundation Vice President Keith Dillon. (240) 428-3601 with any questions.

Guiding Principles for Working with External Groups and Addressing Conflicts of Interest

Learn how ASN partners with industry, trade organizations, government agencies, foundations, individuals and other scientific and medical groups to further the Society’s mission. Download ASN’s Guiding Principles document here.