The American Philosophical Society, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, proudly bears the title of the nation's oldest learned society.  Our founders participated in the birth of American democracy. It pains us greatly that all these years later, our nation's promise has yet to be fulfilled.  We join all Americans of good will in deploring the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Over these past months the Society has hosted a number of virtual programs.  Even as we now resume our work with the offering of new programs, our attention remains focused on the senseless loss of innocent lives and our commitment to the difficult, necessary conversations and actions we must all take to begin to ensure that such tragedies end. Read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. Read more about the APS response to COVID-19.

Ways to Give

We welcome the opportunity to assist you and your advisors with the planning of your gift. Here are a few of the many ways to give:


Cash gifts may be made by check or credit card.

Checks should be made payable to the American Philosophical Society and sent to:

Development Office 
American Philosophical Society 
104 South Fifth Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Online gifts may be made by credit card (VISA or MasterCard) to the Fund for the American Philosophical Society through: The Members’ Annual Fund or Friends of the American Philosophical Society.


Assets that you no longer need, such as life insurance, real estate, undeveloped land, art, or jewelry, are an alternative to cash.

Donor Advised Funds or Private Foundations

The APS accepts gifts from donor advised funds and private foundations.

Appreciated Securities

Gifts of appreciated securities (held for more than one year) may be beneficial to you in terms of avoiding capital gains taxation. SECURITIES may be transferred directly into the APS’s gift account at Wells Fargo Advisors, Account # 5734-3049, DTC #0141. For tax purposes, and in accordance with IRS regulations, gifts of securities are valued by calculating the mean between a stock’s high and low on the date of gift, which is generally the date on which it is transferred into the APS’s account.

Gifts of Tangible Personal Property

Gifts of Tangible Personal Property are of interest to both the Library and the Museum, in accordance with their respective collecting policies.

Other Ideas

There are also gifts that leave your cash flow uninterrupted, such as bequest intentions or revocable trusts. Or you may consider making us a beneficiary of your retirement plan. You can also make a gift that pays you life income. Gift annuities and charitable trusts will pay you income for life with the remainder benefiting the APS.

Gifts to the APS are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations. For additional information, please contact Linda Jacobs, Director of Development, at 215-440-3434 or