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.
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 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. The initial phase in this process is a comprehensive membership survey to clearly define the evolving needs of our members. Based upon the survey findings, GSA will develop programs, products, and services to meet those needs. Such programs could include:
- A curricular-based webinar series on contemporary aging issues & research methods
- A Society-wide mentoring program to foster professional development
- A comprehensive professional career center
- A series of local, year-round networking events
- An advanced grant-writing skills workshop
- Community outreach tools to educate the public about gerontology
- New GSA research journal offerings
- Resources for ESPO members and the next generation of leaders in the field
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.