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The Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are tax-deductible for income, gift, and estate taxes. Our EIN is 92-0910932


For autobiographical studies 

The Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies undertakes the valuable work of training affiliates to preserve the pioneering work of Dr. James Birren, a pioneering gerontologist and founding dean of the School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. Our mission is to transform lives and make the world a better place, one story at a time.

We believe that reflecting, and sharing life stories is a powerful and enduring gift we give ourselves and those we love. 

We have provided 200,000+ hours of help to individual writers on their journeys, trained 600+ guides and affiliates around the

world, and thousands of stories have been written and preserved.

We are asking for your support in launching the new Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies, a nonprofit organization dedicated to our core mission of creating a global community that embraces diversity, promotes empathy, and encourages understanding across cultures and generations through writing, sharing, and preserving life stories.

This campaign's goal is to raise $15,000 to establish programs and services that will benefit the public through the transformative power of story writing and sharing.

Please consider a tax-deductible gift of $100 or more to get us started; no donation is too small. It’s easy to donate! Please visit our website at to learn more.