Since 1966, SRS has been dedicated to fulfilling its mission to improve the lives of patients with spinal deformities. The Society and its dedicated fellows seek to accomplish this mission through a number of programs which prioritize education of physicians worldwide, support of research into superior treatment options, and advocacy for patients and the treatments that will ultimately advance their standards of living.
SRS has a vision, but cannot realize that vision without you!
A number of projects supporting the SRS mission require significant funding, and we are asking for your help so that we may continue to offer outstanding education, generous research grants, and effective advocacy efforts. Please consider donating to SRS.
Options for Giving to the Scoliosis Research Society
Direct Giving to SRS Research, Education and Outreach (REO) Fund:
The REO Fund may be used to support research grants, directed research projects, scholarships and traveling fellowships, courses, and humanitarian outreach efforts that support the mission of the SRS to foster optimal care for all patients with spinal deformity.
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Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) Annual Giving:
Donations to this program are immediately available for research funding. Contributions to the SRS/OREF Annual Giving of $1,000 or more qualify the contributor to the Order of Merit. The first $500 of every donation goes to OREF to support their orthopaedic research grants and the remainder stays with the SRS Annual Giving Fund.
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If you would like to mail a donation to the Scoliosis Research Society, please mail to
Scoliosis Research Society
Attn: Development Department
555 E. Wells Street, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Please make checks payable to Scoliosis Research Society.
About the Scoliosis Research Society
The purpose of the Scoliosis Research Society is to foster the optimal care of all patients with spinal deformities.
Founded in 1966, the Scoliosis Research Society is an organization of medical professionals and researchers dedicated to improving care for patients with spinal deformities. Over the years it has grown from a group of 35 orthopaedic surgeons who met to discuss scoliosis treatment to an international organization of health care professionals.
The SRS is a 501(c)3, non-profit corporation, which files a form 990 report each year with the Internal Revenue Service. Our federal tax ID number is 23-7181863. Financial summaries and copies of form 990 reports for SRS are available on the Guide Star Web site, at www.guidestar.org. Additional information on scoliosis and the SRS is available through our Web site, www.srs.org.
If you are considering a donation to the SRS research fund, the most important fact might be that all donations are used entirely for research seeking improved treatments, the causes, and possible prevention of spinal deformities. No portion of any contribution is used for any other purpose. The Scoliosis Research Society is a 501(c)3 organization operated exclusively for educational and scientific purposes. Contributions to the SRS Research Fund are deductible by donors in computing their taxable income in the manner and to the extent provided by IRS codes. Operating funds for the SRS come from membership dues, our annual meeting and courses, publication sales and other sources.
SRS Research Initiatives
Relying on profits from meetings and donations from members and medical companies each year, the SRS began limited research funding in 1980. In the late 1980's, SRS leaders decided to establish a Research Endowment fund in order to guarantee the availability of funds for scoliosis research. Mostly through donations from SRS members, a goal of $1.2 million was reached in 1992. Income from this fund has been used each year to fund projects selected through a peer-reviewed grant application process. Grant recipients are required to provide regular financial reports and to report on the results of their research at an SRS meeting.
Since 1980, the SRS has provided a total of $1,720,460 to fund 53 spinal deformity research projects. These have included studies on improved spinal cord monitoring during surgery, brace treatment effectiveness, methods to improve fusion rates, and three large studies looking for the cause of idiopathic scoliosis. We are pleased to have provided the "seed money" that recently allowed one of our members to obtain a $1 million dollar grant from the National Institute of Health based on her preliminary work on genetics related to scoliosis.