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Sustainers' Fund Contributions Have Immediate Impact

Monday, December 17, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman

The AFS end-of-year wish list is full of good things for our members, from travel stipends for students and international scholars, to accessibility initiatives at our annual meeting, to professional development programs, to ongoing advocacy for our field.  Your gift can help meet the growing needs for programs and support for our members! 

The AFS Sustainers’ Fund is a way for Society members to support the AFS's growing profile of present-day activities each year. Since its inception, more than 60 of your colleagues have contributed between $10,000 and $12,000 each year to this campaign. We hope to meet or surpass these amounts this year and continue to offer support and programs for our members.

We invite you to join them so that we can make the 2018 campaign our most successful yet!

The Sustainers' Fund supports and enhances AFS's repertoire of ongoing programs and services, like print and web-based resources, conferences, prizes, travel stipends, and the like, as well as these initiatives in the past year:

  • Providing meeting travel support for students, people of color, and folklorists living outside the US
  • Supporting efforts to mentor students and newcomers to the annual meeting
  • Creating professional development opportunities for folklorists at every stage of their careers
  • Waiving dues and registration fees for allied guests, community scholars and artists
  • Backing the Cultural Diversity Committee’s efforts to broaden our membership
  • Strategizing on ways to support folklorists in contingent employment contracts
  • Creating an Accessibility Committee to make our meeting more inclusive 
  • Videotaping plenary and section-sponsored lectures, oral histories, and professional development sessions at our annual meeting
  • Developing digital materials to complement the still-essential meeting program book

Anyone can contribute to the Fund, and in any amount. Your participation is what is most important. Contributions to AFS, a non-profit organization, are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The amount of your contribution will always remain confidential, but unless you would prefer to remain anonymous we will add your name to the alphabetical list of Sustainers’ Fund donors.

If you want to contribute to the AFS Sustainers' Fund, please follow the link below to our secure online donation page, or if you prefer you can send your donation to the mailing address below.

I want to contribute online to the AFS 2018 Sustainers' Fund.

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