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The Florida Podiatric Medical Society (FPMS) was formed in 1927 to serve as the philanthropic arm of the Florida Podiatric Medical Association (FPMA). While it is separate from FPMA, the Society was formed by and for Association membership to assist in procuring new sources of funding, which are used for scholarships, academic awards, research projects, public and professional education, disaster relief, and podiatric care for homeless and other medically underserved populations. Every member of FPMA is automatically a member of FPMS.
Over the years, FPMS fundraising efforts have aided FPMA with public education, philanthropy, and the establishment of scholarships for worthwhile students in pursuit of a podiatric medical career. The FPMS motto is "Giving Back to the Future of Podiatry".
FPMS offers a variety of scholarships, including:
The Society has demonstrated "effective altruism" through its projects with:
FPMS has also taken the lead role in sponsoring the annual Florida ADA Step Out Walk campaign. "Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes" is the signature fundraising walk of the American Diabetes Association. This event, which takes place in various cities throughout the U.S., has been taking place for 25 years and has raised more than $175,000,000 to stop diabetes. Various FPMA Components form walk teams, raise money, and man tables during the events.
FPMS has also provided many one-time charitable contributions to other worthwhile charities in the state of Florida. FPMS provided a grant to the Judeo-Christian Health Clinic in Tampa to aid Dr. Martin Port, an FPMA member and volunteer at the Clinic for several years, in supplying needy children with orthotics.
FPMS continues to be a supportive organization to FPMA in its efforts to educate the citizens of Florida about the benefits of podiatric care and the many advantages of seeking foot and ankle care from a Podiatric Physician member of FPMA.
The FPMS Mission Statement is to encourage, solicit, and administer gifts and bequests for scientific, educational, and charitable purposes, all for the advancement of educational objectives in the field of podiatric medicine.
FPMS is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations made to the Society may be charitable contributions and may be fully deductible (check with your accountant).
FPMA members can include a contribution to FPMS when they are making their annual dues payment (a voluntary contribution amount of $25.00 is listed on the dues invoice and can be included with the dues payment). Additional information about making an FPMS contribution can be found in the FPMS Brochure (click on the link below).
For those who have reached their life-long goals and are looking to give back to the podiatric profession, a trust donation can also be made to the Society.
If you are aware of a needy charity that the Society could partner with, feel free to contact Dr. Terence D. McDonald, FPMS President. The FPMA Board will review the organization and the event. FPMS is always striving to increase its presence and impact across Florida.
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