To make a donation online, please scroll to the bottom of this page, where you will find the online donation facility. 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). To make a donation offline, please download the donation form, complete it, and return it to the LSA. Thank you.


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. Most charitable donations to the LSA should be tax-deductible for those filing returns in the US, to the extent permissible by law.

Right now, the LSA is engaged in a major fundraising campaign to support its newest fund, the Richard T. Oehrle Memorial Fund. You can make a donation to the Oehrle Fund, or any other program of the LSA, by selecting from among the options on the drop down menu at the bottom of this page. Ongoing fundraising campaigns include a student fellowship named in memory fromer LSA President Emmon Bach and a second in memory of Yuki Kuroda

These donations have funded various programs 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 Ivan Sag Fellowship at the Linguistic Institutes.

In 2016, the LSA established the Ken Hale Student Fellowship Fund, with a portion of contributions donated to the Ken Hale (Professorship) Fund. The new Ken Hale Student Fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student attending the Linguistic Institute who is pursuing a course of study to document endangered languages and work with communities toward their preservation.

We thank all the individuals who have contributed throughout the year and acknowledge your gifts formally at our "Supporters" page. To make a (tax-deductible) contribution online now, please use the facility below. You may also download a printable contribution form hereYou 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).

For single contributions of $10,000 or more, donors may wish to specify a purpose for the gift other than one of the established contribution funds.  Please consult the Executive Director for further information.  Please be advised that the LSA retains two percent of all charitable contributions made for restricted purposes in order to cover its administrative costs.

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) here (PDF).