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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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+)
Massachusetts General Hospital Lab
Platinum Level ($2,500–$4,999)
Peter and Lucy Cherbas
Thomas Cline and Barbara Meyer
Gold Level ($1,000–$2,499)
Victor Ambros and Candy Lee
Sharon Amacher and Jay Hollick
Kwang Wook Choi
Margaret Tatnall Fuller
Susan Russo Gelbart
Mary Lou Guerinot
Lorraine Symington and Bill Holloman
Silver Level ($500–$999)
Kerry Bloom and Elaine Yeh
Bernadette and Charlie Holdener
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 email@example.com.