Giving to AGU
What we do
AGU is an international scientific society representing 60,000 members in 137 countries. We strive to lead the scientific community by pioneering new approaches in the exchange of scientific knowledge, by encouraging new fields of study and scientists throughout their careers, and by transforming our programs and operations to achieve our mission of science for the benefit of humanity.
AGU’s gift acceptance policy outlines the many ways that donors can make an impact on AGU’s work and the future of the Earth and space sciences.
1 OnlineYour online gift will allow us to continue to be a leader and innovator among the scientific community.
2 By Mail or by phone
3 Tribute + monthly recurring giftsAny gift can be designated in honor or memory of a loved one, or in celebration of an event; they can also be designated as monthly recurring gifts.
4 SecuritiesDonors who choose to give appreciated securities can receive a charitable tax deduction for their full market value. Download the form here.
5 Planned givingMake a lasting impact on the Earth and space sciences by including AGU in your will or estate plans.
6 Employer matching giftsTake advantage of your employer’s Matching Gift Program to double or even triple your donation to AGU. Contact your HR Department to see if your employer will match your donation!
Campaigns and funds
Through designating your gift towards a specific campaign or fund, you can support the AGU programs that mean the most to you and help guarantee their continued success. With your help, AGU can transform science, bridge communities, and inspire the future generation of scientists.
AGU general funds
1The AGU General Endowment Fund – provides funds to support the long-term health of AGU.
2AGU Unrestricted Fund – provides the flexibility to annually sustain publications, meetings, and outreach programs and to direct resources where they are most needed.
Annual Student Travel Grant Funds
Austin Endowment for Student Travel
Bruno Martinelli Travel Fellowship Fund
Carl 'Max' Hammond Student Travel Endowment Fund
David Hofmann Fund
Giacomo Giampieri Student Travel Fund
James Holton-Yoram Kaufman Fund
Jerome Namias Fund
Lloyd V. Berkner Fund
Robert Riecker Fund
AGU’s Sections connect members in the same disciplines and create pathways to new collaborations that advance science. Section Funds support the work and activities of these important groups, including their special projects, student scholarships and travel grants, member programs and awards. We have a fund for each of our 25 sections.
AGU awards and initiatives funds
AGU Africa Awards Endowment Fund
AGU Outstanding Student Paper Awards
AGU Science for Solutions Award
Basu Awards Fund
Berg and Best Fund
Capitol Cause Fund
Charles S. Falkenberg Fund
Climate Communication Prize
Congressional Science Fellowship Fund
David E. Lumley Scholarship Fund
David S. Miller Scholarship Fund
Devendra Lal Memorial Medal Fund
Edmond M. Dewan Young Scientist Scholarship
Education and Career Services Fund
Fred L. Scarf Fund
Geophysical Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshop Fund
Global Engagement Committee Fund
John C. Jamieson Student Paper Award
June Bacon-Bercey Scholarship
Newly reinstated; awarded annually starting in 2021
Lend-a-Hand Membership Fund
Maha Ashour-Abdalla Scholarship in Space Physics for Women Fund
The Maha Ashour-Abdalla Scholarship in Space Physics for Women encourages and supports women who are starting graduate studies with a research focus on space physics.
“Maha Ashour-Abdalla was an inspiring teacher for an entire generation of students at UCLA. She broke through the conventions of her times and geography to serve as a role model not only for female scientists, but all young scientists seeking new research paths in alien environments. Her Space Plasma simulations provided the information needed to interpret observations from a host of missions, including JAXA’s Geotail, ESA’s Cluster, and NASA’s MMS missions. Despite her many research successes, education remained at the core of her efforts throughout her career. She was a beloved and highly innovative lecturer, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Establishing this award recognizes her many enduring contributions to our research discipline, and the positive impact she had on so many who worked with her.”
– David G. Sibeck, President, Space Physics and Aeronomy Section, July 14, 2016
Mass Media Fellowship Fund
Ned A. Ostenso Public Service Fund
Paul A. Witherspoon Lecture Fund
Public Affairs Fund
Public information fund
William S. And Carelyn Y. Reeburgh Lecture Fund
Future Horizons In Climate Science: Turco Lectureship Fund
Robert E. Horton Research Grant
Ronald Greeley Award Endowment
Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring Fund
The Asahiko Taira International Scientific Ocean Drilling Research Prize Fund
Thriving Earth Exchange General Fund
William Kaula Award Fund
Ensure the Future of Science
To leave AGU in your will today, simply share this sentence with your attorney or financial planner: “I bequeath $______ or _____% of my estate to the American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009 (tax ID# 52-0955532).” Note: The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax adviser.
Types of planned gifts
1Charitable bequests are gifts made by naming AGU as a beneficiary in your will through a general, residuary, or percentage bequest.
2Life insurance gifts can be made by naming AGU as a full or partial beneficiary of your life insurance policies.
3Retirement plan gifts can be made at any time by naming AGU as a beneficiary of a specific amount or a percentage of your plan.
AGU Partners and Sponsors
As a leader, collaborator and convener of innovative scientific initiatives, AGU works closely with like-minded organizations, U.S. government agencies, and companies to promote and advance the work of the global Earth and space science community. These relationships include partnerships to advance AGU’s core programs and strategic goals, sponsorships of meetings, and support of marketing advertisements and campaigns. We build long-term partnerships with organizations that support our mission of "science for the benefit of humanity" and align with our goals and vision. As a result, we expand the reach of our mission and amplify the impact of our members and their scientific contributions. Read more about this in the 2022 CEO Report, "The Power of Partnerships: Moving Science Forward."
The AGU organizational support policy guides our interactions with nonprofit and for-profit partners.
Ready to make your mark? Contact us to learn how your organization can partner with AGU.
We are especially grateful for our 2022 partners and meeting sponsors.
Johns Hopkins University
New Phytologists Foundation
North Carolina State Climate Office
Oregon Sea Grant
Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Texas A&M University
Woodwell Climate Research Center
Individual annual giving
1 President's Circle
Donate more than $1,000 annually and receive all levels of donor benefits and the opportunity to be featured online.
2 Leadership CircleDonate more than $500 annually and be recognized for your gift at Fall Meeting in addition to lower levels of benefits.
3 Prow PartnersDonate more than $250 annually and receive discounts on AGU products and services in addition to lower levels of benefits.
4 Supporters CircleDonate more than $100 annually and receive special benefits at AGU’s Fall Meeting.
5 Associates/Friends of AGUDonate up to $99 annually and receive special AGU updates.
Lifetime and major giving
Donors who support AGU with major annual gifts or significant lifetime support allow AGU to pioneer new programming and approaches to better serve the work of the Earth and space science community and the exchange of scientific knowledge. Major gifts ensure our programs and initiatives thrive year after year and help transform the way we meet the needs of our worldwide community. Membership to our lifetime and major giving societies is based on a major gift and/or lifetime cumulative giving.
- The 1919 Society recognizes extraordinary lifetime support of $100,000 or more.
- The William Bowie Society recognizes generous lifetime support of $50,000 or more.
- The Principal Society recognizes annual support of $25,000 or more.
- The Benefactors Circle recognizes annual support totaling $5,000 or more.
The Legacy Society honors AGU benefactors who have committed to supporting AGU through their retirement or estate planning. Download the Legacy Society brochure [PDF].
The Sustainers’ Circle recognizes the support and loyalty of benefactors who have supported AGU through gifts of any size in the previous 10 consecutive years.
Vice President, Development
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Manager, Foundation and Government Grants
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