How to Donate
A gift to the Archaeological Institute of America helps support the Institute's many exciting programs and initiatives in the areas of outreach, education, and site preservation. Your donation is also critical to the continued success of the AIA's nationwide events as well as the future of professionals in the field.
Thank you for your generosity.
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Gifts may be sent to AIA Headquarters directly:
Support the AIA by signing up for the online automatic giving program. Your consistant gifts, made monthly, quarterly or annually can be designated for the Annual Fund, Site Preservation or the program of your choice. Automatic gifts make your dollars work harder for the AIA, and the programs and initiatives you feel passionately about, by cutting down the administrative costs associated with paper appeals.
If you are 70 ½ or older and own an IRA, you may make a direct transfer of all or some of your annual required minimum distribution (RMD) obligation to benefit archaeology without including the withdrawal in your adjusted gross income. A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from your IRA to the AIA is a tax-efficient way of making a donation.
So if you need to take a mandatory IRA distribution, why not support archaeological research, education, and preservation and receive a tax break at the same time? To get started, contact your IRA provider and tell them you would like to initiate a qualified charitable distribution to the Archaeological Institute of America, located at 656 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215. If helpful to you, AIA staff are happy to provide you with a sample letter you can customize and send to your IRA provider to initiate a QCD. Please contact Jennifer Klahn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.353.8709 to request a letter.
A gift of appreciated stock is a convenient way to support the AIA. Donating appreciated stock avoids the capital gains tax on any growth in the value of the stock since you bought it. You must have owned the stock for at least a year to qualify for this significant tax advantage. Gifts of appreciated stock are deductible in one year up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income. Any excess can generally be carried forward and deducted over as many as five subsequent years.
Example: If you purchased some stock many years ago for $2,000 and it is now worth $20,000, an outright gift of the stock to the AIA would result in a charitable deduction of $20,000. In addition, there is no capital gains tax on the $18,000 of appreciation.
If you will be making the transfer electronically, complete the documentation provided by your broker with a letter authorizing your gift to the Archaeological Institute of America. Provide your broker with the following information:
Transfer agent: TD Ameritrade
A/C name: Archaeological Institute of America
A/C # 756351672
Institute Tax ID #: 13-5669180
If you wish to contribute appreciated stock, or have any questions about the process, please contact the AIA Development Office at 877-524-6300 (toll free) or 617-353-8709. Notification before a transfer is appreciated, as stock may occasionally be transferred without the name of the donor.
Many employers will match charitable contributions made by their employees, doubling your impact on the AIA. Please check with your Human Resources Department to find out if your employer will match your gift. The Development Department will be happy to provide you or your employer with any necessary documentation to facilitate your matching gift.
Support the AIA as you Earn Miles. As an AIA member, you know that we work hard to provide programming for our over 100 Local Societies across the United States and Canada. In these days of increased airfares and decreased budgets, it’s becoming increasingly more of a challenge for us to book travel arrangements for our lecturers. That’s why we’ve partnered with United Airlines and Delta Airlines to allow our members to support the AIA’s programming through their travel. If you have a frequent flier account with either of these airlines, you can help the AIA reduce expenses and fly world renowned lecturers to speak in a community near you as part of the AIA Lecture Program. And what’s the best part? You continue to earn miles to your own frequent flier account, while the airline matches your miles and credits the AIA’s account, all with no charge to you!
Exciting news! The AIA is happy to announce that we now are accepting vehicle donations through Independent Charities of America’s Vehicle Donation Program. Donate that old clunker taking up space in your garage to Independent Charities of America and they will send the proceeds to the AIA. Talk about modern day recycling! Donate now – it’s just another way to support the Institute’s commitment to archaeological research, education, and preservation around the world! Click here for more details
Give your loved ones a gift that makes a difference. Purchase a CharityChoice Gift Card, a 100% tax deductible donation for you, and allow your recipient to give to the charity of their choice. The Archaeological Institute of America is proud to be included on the CharityChoice list of charitable causes. Pre-select the AIA as the suggested charity, and your gift card donation will promote archaeological inquiry around the world.