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Be a force for science with your leadership support

Stand up for science with your leadership support

For nearly 175 years, AAAS has been working to support the conditions for scientists and innovators like you to thrive.

As the world’s largest multi-disciplinary science organization and nonprofit publisher of Science,  leadership contributions from our distinguished fellows allow AAAS to answer the urgent call to stand up for science and evidence-based solutions when and where they are needed most.

Please consider supporting AAAS/Science with a contribution to our President’s Circle or even take the Fellows Challenge. Learn more about our key programs below. 

Financial support from our fellows provides us with vital resources to advance science and serve society with targeted, effective programming led by world-class staff.

Today, our program activities range from promoting the critical importance of federal funding for basic research, to helping academic institutions improve their record of diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEMM, to driving the use of evidence-based research and scientific information to inform policy decisions that affect us all. Here are just a few programs that are only made possible with philanthropic support.

AAAS-SciLine is a free, national service for journalists in radio, newspaper, television, and digital mediums seeking sound, scientific information for their stories on deadline. SciLine matches up journalists with vetted scientists, engineers, and researchers who volunteer their expertise. With science writers now a rare commodity, especially for small news organizations, SciLine has quickly become an invaluable resource for the nation, serving newspapers from the South Florida Sun Sentinel to the Anchorage Daily News.

The AAAS Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues (EPI Center) is bridging the information gap between scientists and decision-makers by bringing forth clear and timely non-partisan scientific evidence on issues at the forefront of the public agenda. Through white papers, social and traditional media, virtual and in-person convenings, and other communication channels, the EPI Center brings clear scientific information to policymakers and other decision-makers to help integrate that evidence into the decision-making process. Election voting security, PFAS in water supplies, and orphan and abandoned wells represent a few areas where the EPI Center’s work has had local and national significance.

AAAS-SEA Change is a comprehensive initiative from AAAS that aims to advance institutional transformation in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in colleges and universities.  The goal is to create more welcoming STEMM fields by cultivating diverse campus communities that are truly equitable, accessible, and inclusive. The Institute serves as Members’ one stop shop for resources, courses, and trainings related to DEI in STEMM and higher education and will provides the foundation of knowledge needed to effect change meaningful change.

The Science & Technology Policy Program (STPF), founded in 1973, provides opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and contribute their knowledge and analytical skills in the policy realm. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in the federal government where they provide input and analysis on the intersection of science and public policy.  Fellows represent a broad range of backgrounds, disciplines, and career stages. Of the 4,152 alumni, 42% go on to continue to serve in government roles post-fellowship.

Other ways to make a gift to AAAS:

Stock Transfers:

Brokerage Firm: Charles Schwab
DTC Clearing #: 0164, Code 40
Account Name: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Account #: 2144-1987

IRA Charitable Rollover:

AAAS Tax ID Number: 53-0196568
If you are 70 1/2 or older, you can make a charitable contribution directly from your IRA account to AAAS. Simply, provide this number to your IRA administrator to transfer a tax-free amount of your choice directly from your account to AAAS.

By Mail:

Send cash or checks (made payable to “AAAS”) to
AAAS Philanthropy Office
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005

For more information please contact:

Lauren Seligman
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Office of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships
1200 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC  20005
Tel: 202-326-6478


Patrick White
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Office of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships
1200 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC  20005
Tel: 508-561-5285