Powerful Purpose


Thank you for considering a financial gift to our USC Memory and Aging Center Our USC Memory and Aging Center is primarily funded through grants, foundations and industry. We also receive donations from the families and friends affected by Alzheimer Disease and other forms of dementia. It is these donations that allow us to stretch our efforts by stretching our available research dollars. From the smallest to the largest donation, we work hard to use all donation gifts prudently and efficiently. The donations have allowed us to purchase lab supplies for new investigators, contribute funding to community and professional education seminars, and to fund novel research projects.


To help you make your donation, consider the following:

How do you donate?

Fast track donations to the Center can be made online with a credit card.

Fast track donations to the Center can be made by writing a check or writing down your credit card information and mailing it to us. You can print this form, fill it in, and include it in the envelope with your donation.

To set up a memorial fund , a specific fund raising event or an online memorial donation “button” simply contact our Center by phone or email and we will help you organize it in a way that works for you. We can provide you with brochures about our Center and donation instructions and mailing materials. After each event, all the donors will be sent thank you notes for their donations. In addition, the organizing family will be sent a thank you note and a list of all the donors who sent contributions.

Our Center is able to accept large asset donations such as vehicles, real estate and trusts. To arrange to make a large asset donation, you should contact our Center and you will be referred to the University office that will work with you to complete the process.

Center Contact information:

If you have a general question regarding the Memory and Aging Center, please contact Nadine Diaz, MSW. She will either be able to answer your question or direct you to the appropriate person.

Nadine Diaz, MSW
University of Southern California
Memory and Aging Center
HCCII, Suite 3000
1520 San Pablo Street Los Angeles, CA 90033

Phone: 323-442-7600 Fax: 323-442-7601 Email: ndiaz@usc.edu

Can I direct how my donation will be used?

Can I Direct How My Donation Will Be Used? When possible, we like to let our donors know how we have used their donations. In general, if we pool donated funds until a worthy research need arises, the funds can be used most efficiently. We work hard to use all the donations we receive prudently – whether $5 or $5,000. Here is how we have used our gifts in the past: Support for the day to day business of research – from laboratory supplies, to hosting scientific meetings. Support for a community outreach and education initiative – our outreach and education professionals host education events for community groups, our research participants and health professionals. Funding for innovative pilot research projects – Each year, the Center organizes a competitive pilot project application process. The best pilot projects are selected by a committee of established scientists. $15,000 – $30,000 can fund a small project for a year. If you would like to direct your donation(s) to a specific purpose , contact us and we will work with you!

Do you have a design for your donation to our Center?

Do you have a design for your donation? You may wish set up a memorial fund in a deceased family member’s name where donations to the Center can be made in lieu of flowers. You may wish to set up an online donation “button” on our Center’s website. Visitors to our donation pages can see the name of your loved one and make an online donation in their name. You may use an event to invite attendees to make a donation to the Center. Events can include birthdays (donations in lieu of gifts), picnics, golf tournaments or holiday parties. You may wonder whether you can make a large asset donations to the Center. Our Center can assist you in donating cars, vehicles , or real estate, gift annuities, stock or trusts. If you have other ideas, tell us so we can help you make it happen. Your idea can help another donor find a meaningful way to make a donation! Now that you have an idea or design in mind, how do you contribute?