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Why are older populations at higher risk of complications and death from the Coronavirus? Our 20-year focus on the biology of aging uniquely positions us to answer this question as it applies to the virology and immune response of Covid19/Sars-Cov-2.

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our future

The Buck, as the first independent biomedical research institute in the world focused solely on the basic science of aging, had a running start in geroscience. Since opening its doors in 1999 with a founding president and five faculty, the Buck has grown to include over 200 scientists and staff from 34 different countries, all working with a focus on complex research that accelerates our understanding of aging through science. Now we are ready to put that remarkable headway to the test in human clinical trials of therapies for age-related diseases.

Support our COVID-19 research

Aging is the next big question in biology. The field is exploding, and it is clear that it’s going to change the landscape of biomedical interventions and research.

Judy Campisi, PhD

Talk with us

There are many ways, both big and small, to become a part of the Buck community and get an insider’s view to the latest research and developments into ending age-related disease. We’d love to chat.

Schedule a meeting

Make an appointment to meet with a Buck development specialist to learn how you can include the Buck among your charitable priorities.

Give us a call

Talk with us today. We’re here to help, provide information, and answer any questions you may have.

Donate online

Make a gift online or through the mail:
8001 Redwood Boulevard
Novato, CA 94945

Please make checks payable to:
The Buck Institute
Tax ID#: 94-3030609

Brian Van Weele

Vice President, Chief Philanthropic Officer

Lisa Palma

Director of Philanthropy

Engage with us

It’s your chance to check in on your inner science geek and support the Buck at the same time. You’ll also have exclusive opportunities to learn about our latest research and have some fun with folks who share your passion for helping people live better longer.

Join a select group of key benefactors in a major initiative to accelerate our efforts.

We are available to discuss your personal philanthropic priorities and how they might fit with our strategic plan. Your interests will help shape our future.

Get involved and support our quest to end age-related diseases.

Lisa can tell you how you can participate, and talk to you about your interests in the science of aging and the exciting world of research and discovery.

Impact Circle

The Buck Impact Circle is the perfect venue for supporters to get deeply immersed in the cutting-edge research underway at the Institute. Each year, Impact Circle members are presented with pitches from various labs for “big idea” projects that require seed funding to get off the ground. Typically, these are collaborations between multiple faculty and staff members that are at too early a stage to qualify for a government grant. Impact Circle members choose the project they would like to fund through two rounds of voting after all presentations are completed.

Educational Programs

Help advocate for the next generation of scientists by supporting students interested in STEM education and careers.  Our Learning Center welcomes support for Summer Scholars, Summer Camps and other K-12 activities.  We also have opportunities to support a diverse community of talented graduate students and fellows, as well as expand our Lifelong Learning opportunities for adults in our communities and globally. 

Become a part of the Buck community. Join today!
Philanthropic gifts to the Buck Institute have the ability to affect real change in biomedical research aimed at extending the healthy years of life. With Buck science on the cusp of unlocking the mystery of the aging process and its connection to chronic disease, private support for basic research is now more important than ever! Your gift of $250 or more will make you a member of the Buck community and will go toward helping Buck scientists discover new ways to live better longer.
Your gift can accelerate the pace of discovery! Private support gives Buck Institute scientists the flexibility to follow promising leads and quickly launch new studies before they are eligible for NIH grant support. Funding from private donors also supports the Institute’s physical growth, enabling the Buck to recruit the most talented faculty investigators and to support creative junior scientists as they begin their careers.
Become a Community Member for $250
    • Automatically subscribed to receive “Buck Breakthroughs” our quarterly electronic newsletter
    • Annual Membership Event – a state of the science Buck talk
    • Advance invitation to Buck community events
    • Early registration for our Lifelong Learning 6-week Course series before offered to general public. (Typically sells out within hours!)
Join the Buck Academy for $1,000
    • All of the above from Community Membership
    • Automatically subscribed to receive Buck Blog notifications (bi-monthly)
    • Exclusive access to the Buck Ensemble program (3-4 events a year), integrating science and music

Another Opportunity to Support the Buck
Make us your favorite charitable organization through AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support the Buck every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Buck. Visit and choose Buck Institute for Research on Aging as your favorite charitable organization. It’s an easy way to help the Buck! Thank you!

Consider the Buck in your estate planning.

We can speak with you about your particular philanthropic interests and the ways you might include the Buck in a bequest or other planned gift.

Wills and bequests

The Buck Institute welcomes the generosity of donors who are considering bequests and other planned gifts. It was just such a gift from Beryl Buck that led to the founding of the Institute, meeting her desire “to extend help toward the problems of the aged” by creating a research organization that is “of national and international importance and significance [and] beneficial to all humankind.”

Bequests and other planned gifts represent a thoughtful decision to address the needs of future generations through research to extend the healthy years of life. We encourage you to inform the Institute of your plans and to permit us to express our gratitude to you now, rather than later to your executors.

For general information, contact : Jen León Caynan

Philanthropy Coordinator