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Frequently Asked Questions

Please feel free to contact the APSA Development team with any questions at 202-483-2512 or [email protected].

Why Your Donations Matter

Nonprofit organizations like APSA are never fully dependent on dues and registration fees to cover all their expenses. Increasing fees could lower the ability of political scientists from all fields of inquiry and regions to participate in our global community. We supplement funding with annual fundraising activities and, from time to time, capital campaigns.

Determining Your Level of Giving

Ideally, a gift amount reflects your commitment to APSA, your desire to support the profession, and your individual circumstances. Everyone is encouraged to give to the best of their ability, and we understand that means different things at different times. We simply ask you to make a gift that is meaningful to you.

Why Members Are Asked To Give

We strive for 100% member giving rates because high participation builds community and inspires others to give. It also signals a vote of confidence – a sign that members and others invest in our future and support our mission. APSA wouldn’t be the same without gifts of time and talent from members, and charitable contributions at any amount, every year, enables APSA to continue serving the needs of political scientists around the world.

Selecting What To Support

Donors choose where their money goes and there are lots of incredible causes at APSA to support. While unrestricted gifts to the APSA Annual Fund are what we need most, we are always happy to receive funds that support the specific program areas you are passionate about. For example, almost every endowed award and many programs are funded directly by the generosity of others.

Differences Between Annual & Capital Gifts

Annual gifts are solicited and given every year to help fund immediate needs. Gifts to a capital campaign like Generation to Generation Campaign for the Ralph J. Bunche Fund are usually pledged over a three-year period and support long-term projects. It is our hope that everyone will be able to participate in both to whatever extent possible.

Deciding When To Give

Gifts to a fund of your choice are accepted at any time during the year including during membership renewal. Most donors give by December 31 to receive a tax deduction for the current year. All donations are 100% deductible for your tax purposes. The American Political Science Association is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under FEIN 53-0200001.

American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036-1206
(202) 483-2512 • Fax: +1 (202) 483-2657

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