Call for Donations – 13 Days Left to Take Part in the Challenge Grant!

Dear AGS Members, Subscribers, and Friends:

As 2012 comes to a close, we appeal to your generosity to support the American Geographical Society in fulfilling its mission of increasing geographic literacy among the public and decision makers. AGS Council member, Robert Burt, has issued a Challenge Grant. He will match the increase in the donations of others over the amount given last year (i.e. donor raises contribution from $500 to $1000, Bob will match the $500 increase). The Challenge Grant is for those donations received by the end of the year.

The AGS is finalizing analysis of the Geographic Knowledge and Values Survey which was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The results will be disseminated through a number of different outlets but the same message will be emphasized, that the American public realizes the importance of geographic literacy and wishes for more geographic education for themselves and their children.

In November, the AGS Council met at the wonderful American Geographical Society Library which is located at the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin. This was the first visit of the Council to the library since the archives were transferred there in January 2011. The AGSL has been a wonderful custodian of both the library and archives. They have secured several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities for cataloging and preserving the archives.

In the short time that I have been Director of the AGS, I have come to realize even more the amazing history that the Society played both in the development of the field of geography as well as in public policy. The recent publication of The Black Book: Woodrow Wilson’s Secret Plan for Peace certainly emphasized the important role that one of my predecessors, Isaiah Bowman, played in advising the President at a critical time in history. To return to this level of influence and become relevant in the 21st century, the AGS needs to modernize and your generous donations would greatly help that cause.

Also, there are a number of other AGS initiatives underway: the Society is refocusing and expanding its mission, cognizant that national geographic literacy is crucial in foreign and domestic policy making; our flagship journal, the Geographical Review, will reflect this new strategy. The AGS also plans to launch a public-lecture series in New York City to focus public attention on geography’s importance in public discourse. Other projects are under discussion, and we will report as these materialize.

Please send your donations to the AGS office or call to make a donation via credit card. All donations are tax deductible.

Timothy Heleniak

Donations Appeal


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