Why I Give

The AIA is grateful to the donors who make our work possible. We rely on generous supporters to accomplish our mission of promoting archaeological inquiry and public understanding of the material world. The philanthropic and volunteer support we receive directly supports archaeologists, their research and its dissemination, and the ethical practice of archaeology.

Our donors often tell us how passionate they are about supporting the AIA and archaeology throughout the world, and how deeply they believe in our work. We are excited to share testimonials from a few of these generous supporters.


The AIA is unique for its service to the world’s cultural heritage, the professionals who seek to recover, interpret, and preserve it, and the public who has an undying fascination with the past.” ,,

- Elise Friedland, George Washington University, Former President of the AIA Washington, DC Society

…in Texas, in the past decade there have been numerous state budget cuts to education with humanities being hit the hardest. Without the support of the AIA our Classical Archaeology outreach day would not have been successful. It allowed us to combine the strengths of high-schools and universities under a common cause. It allowed us the opportunity to enrich the students learning and to foster AIA’s connections with the community at large.

- Hannah Friedman, Assistant Professor, Classics, Texas Tech University, President of the AIA Lubbock, TX Society

The cost of conference attendance, despite dedicated funding from my home institution, adds up quickly and can present a real financial hardship. The AIA's support helps to close the gap between overall costs and institutional funding, and makes it much easier for me to participate in the scholarly community of the AIA.

- Lara Fabian, Graduate Student, University of Pennsylvania, Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, AIA Graduate Student Travel Grant Recipient

I'm fortunate to live in an area where the past is still very much present, both as archaeological remains and in the person of today's descendants. AIA offers local members the opportunity to place our past in a worldwide context and better appreciate what makes New Mexico unique.

- Paula Lozar, AIA Santa Fe Society Member,

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The AIA is North America's largest and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to archaeology. The Institute advances awareness, education, fieldwork, preservation, publication, and research of archaeological sites and cultural heritage throughout the world. Your contribution makes a difference.