Giving Priorities

Your support in any amount makes a meaningful difference to our students, faculty and all who benefit from the wide-ranging advances fueled by the school. 

Gifts may be in cash, pledges payable over multiple years, securities or real estate—or you may wish to consider a bequest or other planned gift.

Conveniently located pharmacies foster healthier communities. But one in three urban neighborhoods is a pharmacy desert, meaning people there have no options for filling prescriptions within a half mile of their home without transportation—or a mile if they have cars.

To help remedy this situation in our home city, the school plans to open the USC Pharmacy — South Los Angeles. This facility will expand our mission of service by becoming the school’s sixth pharmacy. The South L.A. Pharmacy will also provide professional experience to our students and widen the range of our healthcare research.

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Annual and endowed scholarships help us recruit and retain top talent and a diverse student body that reflects the world we serve. 

Annual Scholarship
An annual scholarship is:

  • Awarded annually during the contribution period
  • Carries the donor’s name for the duration of the gift
  • Requires a $1,000 minimum annual contribution

Endowed Scholarship
With a legacy gift of an endowed scholarship:

  • The principal is invested for long-term growth with only a portion of the income distributed annually in accordance with USC’s endowment policy.
  • Contributions of any amount may be made to the school’s endowment. Endowment gifts of $100,000 + will establish a separate fund in your name or the name of someone who wish to honor. Such gifts also allow you to designate certain preferences for how the scholarships are awarded.

Scholarship donors are recognized at our annual Scholarship Luncheon, where you have the opportunity to meet the recipient of your generosity.

Designed to encourage big ideas and bold projects in research, clinical practice and education, the Dean’s Innovation Fund builds upon the school’s long history of pioneering work. It will foster such projects as early-stage, higher-risk laboratory investigations with potential for great impact but which often have difficulty garnering backing from government and other external sources. The fund also may be used to develop advanced facilities and purchase equipment to fuel such initiatives, as well as to bolster unique educational opportunities for enhancing the student experience.

One of our highest priorities is recruiting and retaining world-class faculty who will continue to propel the school forward. The school currently is home to 12 endowed chairs and professorships. 

A vital part of our mission involves transforming how diseases are understood, treated and cured—as well as increasing access to care, improving health policy and promoting harmonized regulation of drugs and medical devices. Donor support is essential to this work and can be targeted to an individual lab, project or research center at the school. 

USC’s Trojan Family is legendary for its lifelong, worldwide impact. The tight-knit, supportive network provides an instant yet lasting connection for generation after generation of graduates, helping them blossom and flourish. 

Year in and year out, alumni and friends give their time and resources to advance the school’s mission as well as mentor, train and support up-and-coming leaders in the field. It is fitting that they now have the opportunity to commemorate their commitment by naming a leaf on the school’s new legacy tree. Located prominently on a wall in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Center, the legacy tree will serve as an enduring reminder of the alumni and donors who foster the school’s continued growth.

A leadership gift from David Makhani, PharmD ‘87, and his wife Sheila, is launching the project, which will be named the David and Sheila Makhani Family Legacy Tree. The Makhani family maintains deep roots in the profession. Third-generation pharmacists David and his brother Robert own fertility pharmacy MDR Pharmaceutical Care, which helps patients become parents. A fourth generation of Makhani pharmacists has arrived; David’s son Evan is a student at USC.

With a $500 donation, any alumnus, student or friend of the school can name their own leaf on the tree. All proceeds will support student scholarships.

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For more information, contact Cheryl Stanovich at or 323-442-1738.