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.

The American Historical Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All or part of your gift may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

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:

AHA Operating Fund

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

AHA Council Annual Meeting Travel Support Fund

Since establishing the fund in 2017, the AHA has provided travel grants for 110 graduate students to attend the annual meeting. Donate now and the AHA Council will match your contribution to help bring students to the 2019 annual meeting in Chicago (January 3-6, 2019).

Endowment Fund

Income generated from 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.

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 Herbert Feis Award for contributions to public history, and the Wesley-Logan Prize in African Diaspora history.

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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 St. 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, Deputy Director, at dschaffer@historians.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, Deputy Director, at dschaffer@historians.org or by calling 202-544-2422, ext. 114.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Corporate Match iconAmerican Historical Association has partnered with Independent Charities of America to facilitate Corporate Matching Gifts. Increase your support of the AHA through a matching gift from your employer. Just choose the "Employer Match" donation option when making your contribution.

Vehicle Donation

Car DonationThe 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 855-500-RIDE (7433) or visit our CARS donation page to complete an online donation form and schedule a pick up.