Establish Your Legacy

Help future scholars in the profession, enhance their capacity to conduct research, improve teaching and learning, and develop professionally in their careers.


With a gift in your will (known as a bequest), you can support the programs at APSA that have been important in your life or honor the memory of a family member.  Ask your attorney to add this suggested wording to your will or trust:

“I give to American Political Science Association, Federal Tax ID 53-0200001, ( _____ percent of my estate or the sum of $_____ ) for its general purposes.”

If you already have a will, a simple codicil can be added. For your convenience, click here to download sample language.

Life Insurance

A cost-effective way to make a donation without the hassle of a will is to name APSA as a beneficiary of your existing life insurance policy.  Contact your insurance provider and complete a beneficiary designation form.

Retirement Plans

Another simple way to donate without a will is through your retirement plan.  You can name APSA as your retirement plan beneficiary by filling out the appropriate form with your plan administrator.

Bank or Financial Accounts

You can also name APSA as a beneficiary of your savings account, CDs, and other bank accounts by designating your account as Payable on Death (POD) to the Association. 

Similarly, APSA can be named a beneficiary of your brokerage accounts by designating your account as Transfer on Death (TOD) to APSA.

A gift to the Victoria Schuck Award Fund protects the prize for future scholars.

A gift helps launch a new APSA program for political scientists to join theory and practice.

Please consult with your tax or financial advisor as you consider any donation to APSA. This website is not intended as legal, financial, or tax advice.  If you would like to inform APSA of your giving plans, contact Jason Sapia at 202-349-9357 or [email protected].