Support the USC Leonard Davis School


The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is the world’s leading institution dedicated to aging research, education and service as well as the oldest and largest school of its type in the world.  Your support helps the Leonard Davis School continue to innovate, educate and elucidate the mysteries and challenges of aging. Gifts to the Davis School of Gerontology help generate new knowledge, service to the community and develop the best and brightest scholars and leaders in aging research, policy and industry.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all older adults everywhere and you are helping us to achieve this mission in providing leading education, research and outreach for our talented students, faculty and community. Your contribution will help us extend the healthspans, purpose, and meaning for human beings across the globe at every stage of life.

Giving to the USC Leonard Davis School

Each year, the support of our alumni, parents and friends advance our education, research and outreach efforts to improve aging across the lifespan.


Student Support

Our USC Leonard Davis School students are our most important resource. Student Support is an opportunity to both contribute to the school and to help the next generation to achieve their goals.

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Dean’s Innovation Fund

The Dean’s Innovation Fund is one of the most powerful ways for Leonard Davis School supporters to help us succeed in our mission to improve health and wellbeing for people of all ages.


Dean’s Circle

Your support via the USC Leonard Davis Dean’s Circle will allow students to explore and engage further in their studies, advance our work to provide outreach and advocacy for older adults, and help provide faculty scientists the best resources to conduct ground-breaking research.


Research Support

We pursue scientific breakthroughs that lead to the prevention and treatment of disease and help protect the vulnerable among us. Research Support enables critical discoveries that improve how long and how well we live.

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Outreach and Support

Outreach and support provide services and advocacy for older adults and helps set a policy agenda promoting happiness, health and security for everyone at every age.


Planned Giving

Planned Giving is an easy way to leave a legacy at the USC Leonard Davis School. It can be as simple as including a bequest provision in your will or naming our school as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy or retirement plan.

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Endowed Scholarships

Gifts to USC Leonard Davis School’s endowed scholarship funds ensure that our remarkable students will have the resources and support they need to excel — in perpetuity. Named scholarship funds leave a lasting legacy for donors and create a permanent impact on the lives of generations of students who receive this generous investment in our collective future.

Why Your Gifts Matter

Hanson-Thorell Family Research Awards Support New Studies on Diet & Exercise

Research Assistant Professors T. Em Arpawong and Sebastian Brandhorst will each receive $25,000 in funding for one-year pilot projects.

Two Health Food Industry Pioneers Support Research on How Diet & Nutrition Affect Alzheimer’s

The USC Daryl and Irwin Simon Nutrition for Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Research Fund was created to explore the role diet can play in the prevention or delay of Alzheimer’s disease.

New Scholarship Fund Honors Edward Schneider

Friends of the Leonard Davis School and Dean Emeritus Edward Schneider joined with foundations and companies to endow the new Schneider Scholarship Fund.

Meet the Development Office

David Eshaghpour, MSW

Senior Associate Dean for Advancement

Phone: 213-740-1360


Jennifer Walters-Muñoz

Associate Director of Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Phone: 213-740-0777

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Amber Thai

Development Coordinator

Phone: 213-740-1361

Give the Gift of Vitality

Your generosity allows us to acquire tools, advance research and attract talent but it does so much more. It sends a message that each of us at every age deserves to be happy, healthy and secure. Your investment in us makes all this possible. We can’t think of a more meaningful gift than that.