The ACLS Centennial Campaign


As the creator of large-scale competitions for funding, ACLS is widely trusted and respected. With a broad base of member learned societies, ACLS harnesses the scholarly ideas of hundreds of thousands of humanists. A private nonprofit that is closely aligned to the university system but not of it, with a deep reach into all humanities disciplines, ACLS serves as a critically important independent champion and endowment for the humanities.

Now, with the support and collaboration of our peers and partners, we have laid out bold plans to advance the pursuit and use of knowledge in the 21st century.

To do so, we are conducting a $125 million Centennial Campaign. We invite you to join us.

Campaign Priorities

Research fellowships are the principal means of producing knowledge in the humanities and thus our first priority for increased investment. 
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How to Give

The Centennial Campaign offers the opportunity for donors to name a fellowship, restrict their support and/or honor a loved one.
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ACLS was founded in 1919. You may learn more about the history of ACLS by watching our centennial film or reading The First Century.

Through our Centennial Campaign, we will strengthen ACLS’s role as an independent endowment for the humanities and leader in setting new directions.

For more information or to discuss your support of the Centennial Campaign, we encourage you to contact Mary Richter, Director of Philanthropy, at or 646-485-5951.

Thank you.