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Ruth Fox Endowment Fund


The Ruth Fox Memorial Endowment Fund secures ASAM’s efforts to overcome challenges related to addiction in the future. Support for the fund ensures that, regardless of future circumstances, ASAM will have the financial strength to:

  • provide solutions to mitigate the devastating impact of addiction on our families, communities, nation, and around the globe,
  • support our community of medical professionals treating addiction,
  • pursue opportunities to grow and expand, and
  • educate future physicians-in-training in addiction medicine.
Donate to the Ruth Fox Memorial Endowment Fund today to secure the next generation of physicians who will be qualified to treat addiction and save lives. 

To make a pledge, create a memorial tribute please email RuthFox@ASAM.org or call 301-547-4140.


Each year, donors at the Bronze Circle or above are honored at the Ruth Fox Reception during The ASAM Annual Conference.  A special invitation-only reception to thank donors who have made pledges during the last year and are active with payments, as well as to thank donors who made significant one-time donations.

Giving Recognition Levels

  • Visionary Circle - $200,000 and above
  • Luminary Circle - $100,000 - $199,999
  • Diamond Circle - $75,000 - $99,999
  • Platinum Circle - $50,000 - $74,999
  • Gold Circle - $25,000 - $49,999
  • Silver Circle - $15,000 - $24,999
  • Bronze Circle - $5,000 - $14,999
  • Crystal Circle - up to $4,999
Ruth Fox Scholars 2018

Ruth Fox Scholarships

The Next Generation of Addiction Medicine Specialists

The Ruth Fox Scholarship program awards select physicians-in-training with a scholarship to attend The ASAM Annual Conference.  The scholarship program plays a significant role in growing the qualified workforce desperately needed to treat addiction. By attending the conference, Ruth Fox Scholars will have access to over 70 CME hours of addiction medicine education.  These young scholars will make a significant impact on improving the care and treatment of people with addiction and advancing the future practice of Addiction Medicine.

More than 150 physicians-in-training have been awarded this scholarship thus far.

Donation Options

By Mail:

Ruth Fox Memorial Endowment Fund, ASAM

C/O Christine Merrifield

11400 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852

All contributions to the Endowment Fund are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

For information on making a pledge or to discuss other types of gifts, please contact Christine Merrifield at 301.547.4140 or cmerrifield@asam.org


(Promise to donate over a period of time monthly.) Pledges may be paid over 5 years.)

You may also donate today by downloading and completing the below Ruth Fox Memorial Endowment Pledge/Gift Form and send via email to RuthFox@asam.org.

About Dr. Ruth Fox

In 1990, ASAM leadership made a promise to honor the legacy of Dr. Ruth Fox by establishing The Ruth Fox Memorial Endowment Fund with a goal to raise $10 million.

To date, the endowment has raised $3.6 million and helped more than 300 physicians-in-training learn about the diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders.

Dr. Fox, a psychoanalyst, who in 1959 became the first medical director of The National Council on Alcoholism, an agency devoted to alcoholism prevention. She was a native New Yorker, performed pioneering research on the use of Antabuse, a chemical used widely in alcoholism treatment today. She was founder and first president of the American Medical Society on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies in 1954.

The Ruth Fox Endowment Fund builds a sustainable funding source to support the organization's ability to respond to major changes and pursue opportunities to grow and expand while member dues and other revenue sources provide resources to carry out the organization's ongoing body of work.