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Donations to Special Funds Sought

ASA thanks all of our colleagues who have supported ASA’s work to advance sociology in 2001. These donations to ASA’s restricted funds have a significant impact on our discipline and profession. Like many non-profits, ASA has felt the post-September 11 decline in contributions.

Contributions from ASA members allow us to go beyond “business as usual” activities and undertake initiatives that enrich our discipline in breadth and substance. Please consider an end-of-year donation to an ASA special fund. Some of our key funds include:

  • The Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) provides national training for predoctoral students of color. Over the 28 years of the Program, so many fine sociologists have been supported by the MFP and are making outstanding contributions to the discipline and profession. Major funding from NIMH permits training 26 Fellows each year in the sociology of mental health. Additional donations from members help support predoctoral fellows with other specialty interests.

  • The Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline makes small grant awards to nurture innovative research ideas. Donations here are used to meet the dollar-for-dollar challenge grant with the National Science Foundation to fund these projects.

  • The Teaching Enhancement Fund is a small grant program for innovative projects on teaching sociology. Three or four projects are funded each year and are selected based on their potential for a broad impact.

  • The Congressional Fellowship Fund provides support for ASA Congressional Fellows to work for a member of Congress. Fellows learn about the legislative process and share the relevance of their sociological expertise. This experience has more than individual payoff. The presence of sociologists on the Hill helps shape how legislators see sociology as a field of relevance.

As the year 2001 comes to a close, consider making a gift to benefit sociology. Make your check payable to ASA Annual Giving, and return it to the ASA Executive Office, 1307 New York Avenue NW, #700, Washington, DC 20005. You may signify a special fund or contribute to the general “Annual Giving” restricted account. Gifts are retained in restricted accounts and will be acknowledged. Thank you.