Journal and Book Donations
To support the study of political science internationally, APSA annually provides dozens of donated subscriptions to its journals, American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics and PS: Political Science and Politics.
The Association works directly with Cambridge University Press to provide heavily discounted journals to institutions in 39 developing countries through the Journal Donation Project (JDP), and free online access to another 12 needy institutions via packaged national licenses.
APSA members are encouraged to join the Association in contributing the growth of the discipline by donating to institutions overseas. While the Association is not able to direclty facilitate the donations of individual members to specific institutions, we have worked with a number of organizations that are willing to help.
WHERE TO START
Before you contact any organization about donating materials you should make an assessment of what you have in your possession. Creating an account on paper is the best method, noting any missing issues from your collection. Once you have a list of journal or books, sort them into boxes, labeling which boxes contain what.
ESTIMATING THE VALUE OF YOUR DONATION
Your roster of books will be necessary for tax purposes if you mean to report your donation to the IRS. APSA recommends that you work with a qualified tax or accounting professional to assess the value of journal donations for tax deduction purposes. You will need to document the condition of each item you intend to donate as well as the cost of acquiring the item originally. APSA journal subscriptions are, and have only been, offered to individuals as a benefit of APSA membership and could not have been attained by direct purchase. The cost of membership at the time of subscription is required to set the donation value.
APSA cannot provide an estimate of the value of donations as it is critically dependent upon the physical condition of the journals to be donated, in addition to the cost of membership at the time of acquisition of the journals. APSA can provide information on membership dues during the years the journals were acquired for use by the accountant/appraiser in setting the value.
Your tax or accounting professional should advise you at what total value benchmark the IRS requires that tax deductible donations are appraised by a professional appraiser. The American Society of Appraisers may be able to assist you in locating an appropriate appraiser.
The APSA recommends that you contact one of the organizations below to discuss your options. You can also find related information in the following detailed directories of book donation programs:
Books for Freedom (Afghanistan)
Books for Asia
Centre for African Resources Research and Development (CARRD)
CARRD U.S. Contact:
The International Book Bank (IBB) helps increase literacy and advance education by procuring and shipping books and other educational materials to developing countries. Founded in 1987, the IBB distributes books and educational materials to non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations, such as community reading rooms and libraries. in almost 100 developing countries around the world.
Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation