Letter From GSA President Rita Effros
To my GSA Colleagues,
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The impact of the organization is being felt worldwide and nearly 20 percent of the Society's members are based outside the U.S. Our membership has enthusiastically supported the Society's mission and its international efforts through volunteer leadership and in many other ways. As we enter a time of unprecedented growth in the number of older adults globally, it is time for GSA to expand its financial capacity through a program of charitable giving to help us achieve our strategic goals.
The Society's reach — through education, publications, advocacy, and influence — has shaped the discussion on aging across disciplines and in the public policy arena. Our areas of influence continue to expand: As host of the 2017 World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics in San Francisco, we plan to feature the emergence of a robust business ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors, and startup accelerators focused on technology-enabled innovation in the aging field, adding a discussion on technology to the aging conversation.
Please consider this as an invitation from us to begin a discussion on how, through GSA, you can support your interests in the field of gerontology as we look to the future. Research, scholarship, student support, and technological innovation, to mention but a few, require financial support from grantors, corporations, and governments — PLUS GSA members. With members joining in to invest in in our future, GSA will have the resources to have a greater impact in the decades ahead. GSA has, and must, continue to serve as a leading force in aging research across disciplines and topic areas.
Charitable gifts can be as simple as designating GSA as a beneficiary on an IRA or 403(b) account, adding a bequest for a memorial gift to GSA to your will, or creating a charitable remainder trust. Gifts can be used to endow funds that will perpetually be in your name or the name of a colleague or cause you support. As you consider charitable giving, please seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor and feel free to also consult us in order to create a gift that both supports GSA and also reflects your personal or professional aspirations. Together, we can address the issues facing the world's aging population.
I look forward to hearing from you.