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Who We Are

In 1991, the AORN Foundation was created as the non-profit philanthropic arm of AORN, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, to empower perioperative nurses in advancing patient and workplace safety through education and research.

The AORN Foundation is a national public, tax-exempt, charitable organization headquartered in Denver, CO dedicated to supporting nurses who make surgery safe.


AORN Foundation - Who We Are


Joan Spear
Joan Spear

“As life permitted, my ability to support the Foundation grew”. Joan realized over time that she held a deep passion for supporting education, especially education for perioperative nurses. Read more...

Board of Trustees

The AORN Foundation Board of Trustees serves the mission of the organization as global thought leaders representing healthcare professionals from nursing and the medical device industry.

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Our Financial Stewardship

We remain committed to maintaining low fundraising and operating costs to maximize your investment in our mission.

Meet the Foundation Team

Colette Palmer, Director

Anne Kochevar, Donation Specialist

Wendy Sinnema, Program Specialist

Contact Us

2170 South Parker Road, Suite #400
Denver, CO 80231-5711
Phone: (800) 755-2676
Fax: (303) 755-4219
Email: [email protected]

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