2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the African Studies Association. To recognize the past 60 years and to look forward to the next 60, the ASA Board of Directors launched the 60th Anniversary Campaign. This campaign will fund strategic initiatives that are critical to the ASA’s mission, and which expand the impact and reach of the Association. The ASA has set a fundraising goal of $100,000 to help support:

• The expansion of the ASA Presidential Fellows Program, with a goal of doubling the number of scholars based in African institutions that we are able to support to attend the Annual Meeting
• Funding for initiatives for the Emerging Scholars Network, including professional development opportunities
• Conferences and events in Africa – the 50th Anniversary Fund provided $20,000 in travel support for scholars to attend the first ever ASA meeting on the continent. We hope the 60th Anniversary Fund will provide similar support in future meetings
• Expansion of ASA advocacy programs and events
• Creation of a small grants program for ASA coordinate organizations

You can track the progress of the Campaign here. Please consider donating $60 or $600 in support of the ASA for our next 60 years!

By coming together, the ASA membership can help support these important initiatives. Did you know:

– 9 donations of $60 can fund a small grant for a Coordinate Organization
– 16 donations of $60 can fund an advocacy travel grant for an ASA member
– 34 donations of $60 can fund a travel subsidy for an emerging scholar to attend the next ASA conference in Africa
– 50 donations of $60 can fund an additional Presidential Fellow to attend the ASA Annual Meeting

In 2016, the ASA had just over 1800 members. If each ASA member donated $60, we would raise $108,000! $108,000 would allow the ASA to:

– Welcome 36 Presidential Fellows to the ASA Annual Meeting
– Provide 54 travel grants to ASA conferences in Africa
– Give over 200 grants to Coordinate Organizations

Do you want to see more of these, and other activities? Please consider supporting the 60th Anniversary Campaign today! You can support the 60th Anniversary Campaign here, or when you register for ASA membership on the myASA portal. When you support the 60th Anniversary Campaign, make sure to check to see if your employer matches gifts – take your dollars further with a matching gift from your employer! If you have questions about employer gift matching, please contact the ASA at [email protected]