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GSA Innovation Fund

The Gerontological Society of America’s Innovation Fund will enable GSA to strengthen its commitment to fulfilling the needs of its members in the years ahead. Given the forthcoming demands on aging-related professionals, this initiative is the founding investment in the future of gerontology.

Visionary Leadership

At the time of GSA’s founding in 1945, pioneers like Past President James Birren had just begun organizing gerontology as a separate academic field. The Journal of Gerontology, the first aging-focused research publication of its kind, was launched a year later. The subsequent decades brought many other milestones; in the 1960s, Past President Leonard Hayflick led the way in establishing biogerontology as a new discipline, and in 1974, GSA played a critical leadership role in the creation of National Institute on Aging.

Committed to the Future

As the field of gerontology expands and evolves, GSA will continue to provide a trusted and valued professional home for its members. The Give65 Campaign, launched in conjunction with GSA's 65th anniversary, was the first step toward building GSA for the future. All contributions to the GSA Innovation Fund will be used to invest in the development of new programs, products, and services for members.

In 2013, The Mentoring Effect, a special project of the GSA Innovation Fund was launched. It is a three-year special development effort that will raise funds to exclusively support mentorship within the Society. Spearheaded by Keith Whitfield and Deborah T. Gold, they conducted a “silent” fundraising effort leading up to the 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting and have already received over $85,000 in pledges from members who will be acknowledged as “Founders of The Mentoring Effect”. Learn more about The Mentoring Effect.

We invite you make a contribution to the GSA Innovation Fund. Click here to view a list of frequently asked questions.

Thank you for your continued support.

Innovation Fund