Create your legacy

Ensure a vibrant future for political scientists by including a gift to APSA in your estate plan. Anyone can make a gift and there is no minimum amount.


The most common gifts from donors to APSA are:


A gift in your will or trust

Please consider a charitable bequest to APSA. Whether a percentage, specific amount, or the remainder of your estate after you have provided for your loved ones, a bequest also allows you to create a philanthropic legacy while providing estate tax relief.  

Feel free to adapt our suggested language with your attorney:

“I give _____% of my estate (or $_____ ) to American Political Science Association, Tax ID 53-0200001, 1527 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20036.”


We are happy to work with you and your attorney if you are considering a bequest for a specific purpose. If you already have a will and want to make a gift, a simple codicil can be added. For your convenience, prewritten language is available here.


Designating APSA as a beneficiary

Designating APSA as the beneficiary of your financial accounts may be a very tax-savvy thing to do. Accounts left to APSA are removed from your estate for federal estate tax purposes. Plus, there is no income-tax assessed against your estate or your heirs when the funds are transferred to APSA, allowing you to avoid multiple taxes. 

Please consider designating APSA as a beneficiary of your:   

  • Retirement accounts
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Bank and Investment accounts
  • Donor Advised Funds 

Simply request a beneficiary designation form from your bank or plan administrator and write in “American Political Science Association” as the beneficiary.

Donor Benefits

  • Your gift costs you nothing now.

  • You can modify your gift at any time.

  • Your gift may allow you to save on taxes or reduce the tax burden for your heirs.

  • Satisfaction in knowing your gift will make a difference for the future.

  • Becoming a leader in legacy giving for the future health of our profession.
For More Information
If you have included APSA in your estate or would like to discuss the best gift option for you, please contact Jason Sapia of the APSA Development Team at 202-349-9357 or [email protected]. You may also complete our confidential gift intention form. Please consult with your legal and financial advisors in connection with any gift.

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