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AO as a Philanthropic Force

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The conversation about wealth, of all kinds, might give the reader the impression that wealth generation was the end goal of many associated with the AO Foundation. Far from it. As an organization, the AO itself profited from accumulated financial wealth, but always remained dedicated to improving patient lives. Since this wealth was accrued without direct compensation to those who delivered its mission, the AO Foundation qualifies as a social entrepreneurial enterprise; social with regards to its mission and its status as a non-profit organization. Since the AO undertakes surgical development, combined with an immense educational effort that requires considerable management skills, it is also an enterprise. The AO is more than an association, not just a debating club of surgeons, but an organization that undertakes a daunting endeavor to improve fracture care globally.

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  • Considerable Management Skills
  • Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives
  • Wealth Generation
  • Direct Compensation
  • Wyss Institute

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    Schneider, R., “10 Jahre AO, AO-Dokumentationszentrale,” Berne 1969, p. 25.

  2. 2.

    Interview with Janine Aebi-Müller and Ueli Aebi-Müller, conducted on 18 April, 2018 in Berne.

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    Forbes Magazine, 5 October, 2016.

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    Forbes Magazine, Hansjörg Wyss Profile, accessed 21 May, 2018.

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    Source: Wyss Center website, accessed 21 May, 2018.

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    Source: Wyss Foundation website, accessed 21 May, 2018.

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Jeannet, JP. (2019). AO as a Philanthropic Force. In: Leading a Surgical Revolution. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-01980-8_51

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