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Help us build the future: GSA’s 2019 Appeal Campaign

What is the 2019 Annual Appeal? 
The Annual Appeal is a fundraising effort that was recently initiated by GSA to sustain and grow its cornerstone programs and projects: travel awards, career development programs, journals, and conferences. This initiative offers a mechanism through which our professional community can give back—both to the field of genetics and to an organization that has positively impacted the lives and careers of thousands of scientists.

Why is GSA conducting the Appeal?
GSA, like many professional societies, is facing substantial challenges, such as fluctuating membership, the transition to an open access publishing model, and responding to the rapidly changing needs of our community. In planning for this uncertainty, we conducted a study in 2018 to determine if fundraising was a viable strategy to help protect and sustain GSA’s mission—and whether our constituency would be supportive. The concept met with overwhelming support, with nearly 95% of respondents being willing to donate to GSA.

Who is invited to participate?
All individuals with an interest in the future of genetics and the scientific community are invited to participate in the Appeal. We want everyone to be able to play a role. Companies, foundations, and other institutions will also have an opportunity to support our programs. We will take a careful approach in order to ensure this effort operates with the highest degree of integrity and equity for all organizational participants.

Is my contribution tax deductible? 
GSA is a non-profit charitable organization under Section 501 (c)(3). Contributions to GSA may be deductible as a charitable contribution for US federal income tax purposes. Please consult your tax advisor.

How can I get additional information? 
Our Annual Appeal Committee is personally contacting GSA members to consider commitments. If you are interested in receiving information immediately, please contact Sarah Lombardi, GSA Development Director, by emailing development@genetics-gsa.org.

Read a message from the 2019 Annual Appeal Co-Chairs

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It’s been incredible to see such a strong response from leaders in the genetics community — rallying together to ensure GSA will have the resources needed to sustain and build upon its legacy. We are humbled by their generosity and know it will inspire the community to participate in this important effort.

Terry R. Magnuson, 2019 GSA President and Annual Appeal Co-Chair

Meet our Annual Appeal Committee

GSA is grateful to those who have not only helped by making a financial commitment to this effort but are also leading the initiative by serving on the Annual Appeal Committee.

Swathi Arur

Jef Boeke

Jay Dunlap

Marnie Halpern

Joe Heitman

Phil Hieter

Mark Johnston

Thomas Kaufman

Jeannie Lee

Jasper Rine

Terry Magnuson (GSA President)

Denise Montell (GSA Vice-President)

Thank you to our 2019 Appeal donors

GSA would like to thank our lead and major phase donors of the appeal as of October 3, 2019.

Diamond Level ($5,000+)

Anonymous (2)

Judith Berman

James Birchler

Jef Boeke

David Botstein

Lynn Cooley

Jeff Hall

Dan Hartl

Lee Hartwell

Phil Hieter

Mark Johnston

Massachusetts General Hospital Lab

Denise Montell

Terry Orr-Weaver

Allan Spradling

Fred Winston

Platinum Level ($2,500–$4,999)

Peter and Lucy Cherbas

JoAnne Engebrecht

Thomas Cline and Barbara Meyer


Anita Hopper

Robert Horvitz

Jeannie Lee


Terry Magnuson

Erika Matunis

Dennis McKearin

Gold Level ($1,000–$2,499)

Victor Ambros and Candy Lee

Swathi Arur

Fred Ausubel

Sharon Amacher and Jay Hollick

Cori Bargmann

Celeste Berg

Douglas Bishop

Meridith Blackwell

Pat Brown

John Carlson

Marian Carlson

Vicki Chandler

Kwang Wook Choi

Bill Dove

Jay Dunlap

Sarah Elgin

Stanley Fields

G.R. Fink

Margaret Tatnall Fuller

Joseph Gall

Mark Garfinkel

Susan Russo Gelbart

Pamela Geyer

Andrew Golden

Marian Goldsmith

David Greenstein

Mary Lou Guerinot

Marnie Halpern

Paul Hardin

Iswar Hariharan

Joe Heitman

Hopi Hoekstra

Sue Jinks-Robertson

Thom Kaufman

Nancy Keller

Justin Kumar

Charles Laird

Jennifer Lodge

Matt Meselson

John Merriam

Stephanie Mohr

Teresa Pawlowska

John Pringle

Elizabeth Raleigh

Jasper Rine

Rodney Rothstein

Matthew Sachs

Trudi Schupbach

Warren Shore

Piali Sengupta

Lorraine Symington and Bill Holloman

Kelly Tatchell

Jeremy Thorner

David Threadgill

Mariana Wolfner

Chaoting Wu

Michael Young

Hong Yu

Silver Level ($500–$999)


Hugo Bellen

Deborah Bell-Pedersen

Philip Benfey

Joan Bennett

Kerry Bloom and Elaine Yeh

Kirsten Bomblies

Katherine Borkovich

Julie Brill

Brian Calvi

Rachel Cox

Susan Gerbi

Louise Glass


Susan Gerbi

Jim Haber

Matthew Hahn

Scott Hawley

Bernadette and Charlie Holdener

Barbara Howlett

Judith Jaehning

Mitzi Kuroda

Michael Lynch

Anthony Mahowald

Harmit Malik

Kristi Montooth

T.D. Petes

Mark Rose

Stephen Schaeffer

Gary Stormo

Judith Yanowitz


GSA has achieved 88% of the minimum target goal of $250,000 and looks forward to exceeding this number by the end of the year.


If you would like to learn more about the 2019 Appeal Campaign, please contact Sarah Lombardi at development@genetics-gsa.org.