Donate to AHA

Donate to the AHA

Why Donate to the AHA

As the largest historical professional organization, the AHA has served as the primary voice for the discipline and for historians of all fields, time periods, and occupations.  Through our publications, annual meetings, projects, and other initiatives, the Association has supported the promotion of historical studies since 1884. Thanks to the generous support of our members and friends, the AHA has provided leadership for the discipline, protected academic freedom, developed professional standards, aided in the pursuit and publication of scholarship, and supplied various services to sustain and enhance the work of historians.  To support and strengthen our ongoing work on behalf of the discipline, we need your continued financial contributions.

Funds Supported by Contributors

Whether through a one-time gift, pledge, bequest, or vehicle donation, your contribution to the AHA supports a wide range of initiatives and programs:

  • Endowment Fund

    The AHA's general endowment supports basic operations and provides a reserve for any new programs the Association might pursue to support research, teaching, and professional activities in the history discipline.
  • AHA Operating Fund

    Contributions to the general operating fund will be used to support current projects on behalf of the discipline.

  • Special Funds

    Occasionally the AHA seeks support to establish new programs or to bolster existing endowed funds.  Currently the AHA is actively soliciting contributions to three funds: The Jerry Bentley Prize for World History, the Friedrich Katz Prize in Latin American and Caribbean History, and the Wesley-Logan Prize in African Diaspora History.

Ways to Give

Gifts and Pledges

You can make a direct gift to the Association with your credit card by clicking the Donate Now button above, or by sending a check to the American Historical Association, 400 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20016, Attn: Development Office.  Alternatively, pledging an extended gift will enable you to make larger contributions than you thought possible.  To make a pledge donation, contact Dana Schaffer, Associate Director, at dschaffer@historian.org or by calling 202-544-2422, Ext. 114.

Planned Giving

Help ensure the future of the American Historical Association through a deferred gift.  Planned giving may include a bequest to the organization in your will, making the AHA a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, transferring real estate or stocks, or other deferred contributions.  For more information on planned giving, contact Dana Schaffer, Associate Director, at dschaffer@historian.org or by calling 202-544-2422, Ext. 114.

Vehicle Donation

The AHA has partnered with Charitable Auto Resources, Inc. (CARS) to accept donated vehicles.  For every car donated, AHA will receive 70% of the net proceeds received from the gross sale of the vehicle at a dealer auction. To donate your vehicle to the AHA, please call 877 537-5277.