Historically, contributions from LSA members have made it possible to support a wide range of activities designed to advance the scientific study of language and promote the discipline of linguistics. Funds are also used to assist linguists – especially students – in advancing their scholarly and professional goals. These donations have funded various committee-based projects that include educational initiatives geared towards primary and secondary schools, public educational and advocacy efforts, and membership assistance to linguists and libraries from countries experiencing extreme economic hardship. Recently, gifts have allowed us to design and develop a new website, support open access publication of the LSA journals Semantics & Pragmatics and Language, and endow the Charles Fillmore Professorship and the Ivan Sag Student Fellowship at the Linguistic Institutes. Individual gifts are recognized on the LSA website. Please note: You can maximize your donation to the LSA by sending a check instead of using a credit card (which results in processing fees charged to the LSA).

New - Richard T. Oehrle Memorial Fund

Established in memory of Richard T. Oehrle, the endowment will fund ‘The Richard T. Oehrle Memorial Lecture’ annually at the European Summer School in Language, Logic and Information (ESSLLI). ESSLLI is the flagship event of the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI).The proceeds from the endowment’s principal will underwrite the travel and lodging costs of the chosen speaker.  The fundraising goal for the endowment is $75,000. The LSA's goal is to raise the remainder within 18 months of the endowment’s establishment in March, 2018.

Yuki Kuroda Student Fellowship Fund

Established in honor of LSA member and pre-eminent scholar of Japanese linguistics, Yuki Kuroda, this new student fellowship will be reserved for linguistics students from Japan to attend the LSA's biennial summer Linguistic Institute. It will cover tuition, travel, lodging, and board. Preference will be given to Japanese who haven't yet started studying in the US.

Emmon Bach Fellowship Fund

Established in memory of former LSA President Emmon Bach, this fund provides support for the LSA's continuing sponsorship of student fellowships at CoLang, the Institute for Collaborative Language Research.

News Stories Initiative

Established to increase the quality of linguistics coverage by the popular news media, this fund supports the Director of Communications staff position at the LSA, which is currently vacant due to a lack of sufficient funds. It also supports efforts by existing staff and paid consultants to promote linguistics research in media outlets that reach a wide audience.

Ken Hale Student Fellowship Fund

Named for Ken Hale, a linguist whose dedication to studying and preserving endangered languages is legendary, the Fellowship will  be awarded to a graduate student attending the biennial summer Linguistic Institute who is pursuing a course of study to document endangered languages and work with communities toward their preservation

Financial Assistance and Student Support Fund:

  • Provides support for student fellowships to attend the Linguistic Institute and CoLang (formerly InField).
  • Provides financial assistance to student members presenting at LSA meetings.
  • Provides childcare services during Linguistic Institutes, the Annual Meeting and other events.
  • Provides support for scholars from countries experiencing economic hardship to participate in Linguistic Institutes, the Annual Meeting, and other events, and provides complimentary electronic access to Language for scholars and institutions in such countries.
  • Provides sign language interpreting services at Annual Meetings.

 Open Access Publications Fund (renamed in October 2016)

  • Provides support for the LSA's platinum open-access publication of Semantics and Pragmatics.
  • Provides support for the LSA's green open-access publication of Language via the LSA website.
  • Provides support for maintaining an online archive of other LSA open access materials, such as Book Notices, Extended Abstracts, Conference Proceedings, and scholarly journal archives.

Program Development and Committee Activities Fund:

  • Provides support for the development of new programs and services to address the interests of LSA members, the linguistics community, and the general public.
  • Provides support for ongoing program and committee activities, such as the Linguistic Institute, along with projects to enhance diversity, improve the status of women, preserve endangered languages, and develop professional resources for students. 
  • Supports remote participation in LSA events by linguistic scholars from countries affected by US government restrictions on travel.

LSA General Fund:

  • Provides support for the LSA's public policy and advocacy work.
  • Provides support for the LSA's website, technology and equipment needs.

Ken Hale Professorship Fund (As of 2016, this fund is fully endowed and is not accepting new contributions)

Provides support for an endowed Chair in Field Methods at the Linguistic Institutes.

Contributions to the above funds are welcomed in honor of any individual(s) or entity. The LSA is pleased to notify those so honored, if desired.

The Linguistic Society is a non-profit organization exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The LSA Federal Identification Number is 74-6043371. As a non-profit organization, the LSA may qualify for corporate donation-matching programs. Prospective donors may review a copy of the LSA's most recent federal tax return (Form 990) upon request.