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Some of the most common ways to make a gift to the American Council of Learned Societies are to write a check, make a gift using a credit card, or donate online.

A gift of cash could be right for you if:

  • You want the easiest way to donate to ACLS. 
  • You want the largest possible income tax charitable deduction for your gift.
  • You would like to make the gift to ACLS that has the greatest immediate impact.

How it works
You make a gift of cash directly to ACLS and you receive an immediate income tax charitable deduction.

How Your Gift Helps

Your gift to ACLS helps advance the humanities. It will provide ACLS with the resources to…

provide research fellowships to scholars in the humanities
advocate for the enduring importance of the humanities
convene scholars to explore emerging trends in research and education

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What is an outright gift of cash?
An outright gift of cash is when you transfer funds to the American Council of Learned Societies and get nothing of financial value in return. The most common way for donors to make an outright gift is to write a check payable to the American Council of Learned Societies.

Gift provides immediate support
Unlike some other gift arrangements, your outright gift will provide resources that ACLS can put to immediate use. If you prefer to restrict our use of your gift in any way, please contact us so that we can be sure that we can carry out your wishes.   

Maximum tax savings
You may deduct the full amount of your donation up to 50% of your adjusted gross income. You may carry forward all of your unused deduction for up to five additional years.

Ways to give cash
Most donors make an outright gift by writing a check payable to the American Council of Learned Societies and mailing it to us. You may also make a cash gift using your credit card.


Susan McNeil would like to make an immediate $15,000 gift to the American Council of Learned Societies. Susan could write a check for this amount and earn a charitable deduction equal to $15,000. Alternatively, Susan could make a gift using her credit card by calling us on the phone, responding to a mailing, or by donating online through our website. Gifts of checks and gifts made via credit cards are considered cash gifts.


  • Susan may deduct up to 50% of her adjusted gross income for her gift of cash.
  • If Susan cannot use the entire deduction in the year of gift, she may carry the balance forward for up to five additional years. 
  • Assuming Susan can use her entire income tax charitable deduction of $15,000, she will save her $5,940 (39.6% tax).
  • Susan will gain the satisfaction of making a $15,000 gift to ACLS.