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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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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.

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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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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 an OVA Member for $100
    • Access to OVA Hour, our monthly webinars and lectures
    • Unlimited access to the archive of OVA Hour webinars
    • Unlimited access to online library of articles and papers
    • Early registration status for OVA events
Become a Community Member for $250
    • Subscription to "Buck Breakthroughs," Buck's quarterly electronic newsletter
    • Quarterly "Buck Insights" email, a member-only publication featuring curated articles, insider updates, and news you can use
    • Advance invitations to Buck events, conferences, and public meetings
    • Access to for Buck's popular Lifelong Learning Courses
Join the Buck Academy for $1,000
    • All of the above benefits of Community Membership
    • Invitation to annual Buck Academy Event - a state of the science Buck talk, including Buck faculty and scientist presentation and conversations
    • Exclusive access to "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions with Dr. Gordon Lithgow
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    • All of the above benefits of OVA Membership
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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 : Lisa Palma

Director of Philanthropy

What the CARES Act Means for Your Generous Support of the Buck Institute in 2021

The CARES Act of 2020 offers tax incentives to support charitable causes.  For those who itemize, the measure allows for up to 100% of adjusted gross income, or AGI (with few exceptions), for cash gifts.  If you don’t itemize, the $300 universal charitable deduction has been extended for 2021. Here are more answers to your possible specific questions on why the CARES act is important to you and your charitable giving. 

What if I itemize my deductions?  The AGI limit for cash contributions to qualifying public charities remains increased for individual donors. For cash contributions made in 2021, you can elect to deduct up to 100% of your AGI (formerly 60% prior to the CARES Act).

Not itemizing?  The CARES Act allowed for an additional, “above-the-line” deduction for charitable gifts made in cash of up to $300. This provision is extended into 2021 for taxpayers filing single/separately.

New in 2021 is an additional “above-the-line” deduction for those married filing jointly. Joint filers (who aren’t itemizing) will be allowed to take an above-the-line deduction of up to $600 in cash contributions to charity this year.

What if I have a donor-advised fund?  These incentives apply only to cash contributions to public charities and do not apply to contributions to supporting organizations or public charities that sponsor donor-advised funds. However, there have been no changes to existing deductions for contributions made to a donor-advised fund sponsor (like Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, or a local community foundation). This means you are still able to deduct up to 60% of your AGI for gifts in cash to a donor-advised fund, and up to 30% for gifts of appreciated assets.

Existing carry-over rules still apply, so if your donations this year exceed your AGI deduction limits, you may carry forward excess deductions for up to five subsequent tax years. As always, donors should consult with their tax and legal advisors when considering their charitable giving.

Are the rules the same for IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD)?  The CARES Act did not change the rules around the QCD, which allows individuals over 70½ years old to donate up to $100,000 in IRA assets directly to a charity like the Buck Institute annually, without taking the distribution into taxable income.  Donors may not make a QCD gift directly to a donor-advised fund under the current guidelines.

However, it is important to remember that under the CARES Act an individual can elect to deduct 100% of their AGI for charitable contributions of cash. This effectively affords individuals over 59½ years old benefits similar to those of a QCD; they can take a cash distribution from their IRA, contribute the cash to a qualified charity, such as the Buck Institute, and may completely offset any tax attributable to the distribution by taking a charitable deduction for the full amount up to a total of 100% of their AGI for the tax year. 

If you’re planning a large donation in 2021, this may be a smart strategy as long as you are between the ages of 59½ and 70½ and are not dependent on existing retirement funds.


The tax information provided is general and educational in nature and should not be construed as legal or tax advice. Buck Institute does not provide legal or tax advice. Content provided relates to taxation at the federal level only. Charitable deductions at the federal level are available only if you itemize deductions. Rules and regulations regarding tax deductions for charitable giving vary at the state level, and laws of a specific state or laws relevant to a particular situation may affect the applicability, accuracy, or completeness of the information provided. As a result, Buck Institute cannot guarantee that such information is accurate, complete, or timely. Tax laws and regulations are complex and subject to change, and changes in them may have a material impact on pre- and/or after-tax results. Buck Institute makes no warranties with regard to such information or results obtained by its use. Buck Institute disclaims any liability arising out of your use of, or any tax position taken in reliance on, such information. Always consult an attorney or tax professional regarding your specific legal or tax situation.