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

Ruth Fox Endowment Pledge/Gift Form (PDF)

Please continue to give and help support the endowment and the limited number of scholarships ASAM is able to offer to physicians-in-training.

ASAM sincerely thanks you for your contribution!  

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.

Message from the Ruth Fox Memorial Endowment Committee Chair - Andrea Barthwell, MD, DFASAM (Video)

Ruth Fox Scholarships - The Next Generation

The Ruth Fox Scholarship program is funded exclusively through the Ruth Fox Endowment Fund. Scholars are awarded all-expense paid trips to The ASAM Annual Conference. More than 300 physicians-in-training have been awarded this scholarship thus far.

It is unimaginable the difference these young scholars will make within our critical mission to improve the care and treatment of people with the disease of addiction and advance the practice of Addiction Medicine.



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.

Ruth Fox Memorial Endowment Medallion Recipients


Giving 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

If you have not already begun your pledge, you can do so now!

Pledges may be paid over 5 years. For information on making a pledge or to discuss types of gifts, please contact Christine Merrifield at 301.547.4140 or cmerrifield@asam.org

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

Donations may be made through

  • One Time Gift
  • Pledge (Promise to donate over a period of time monthly.)
  • Life Insurance
  • Trust Funds
  • Memorial Tributes
  • Appreciated Stocks/Bonds
  • Life Insurance
  • Bequests Trust Funds
  • Retirement Funds.

By Mail:
Ruth Fox Memorial Fund, ASAM
11400 Rockville Pike, Suite 200
Rockville, MD 20852
Ruth Fox Endowment Pledge/Gift Form (PDF)