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Academic WorldQuest Endowment
New Horizons Councils Fund
New Horizons General Operations

The World Affairs Councils of America is an independent, nonpartisan organization dedicated to engaging the public and leading global voices to better understand the world, America’s international role, and the policy choices that impact our daily lives and our future.

Established in 1986 as a nonprofit membership organization in Washington, DC the World Affairs Councils of America carries out its mission by: 

Supporting more than 90 World Affairs Councils across the United States and promoting their programs and educational initiatives for diverse, multi-generational audiences. We bring the world to classrooms and C-suites, and to conferences in the nation’s capital and town hall-style forums in your community.

Developing Councils’ convening power nationwide by providing face-to-face connections and dialogue with global leaders, business executives, policy experts, social innovators, and distinguished opinion makers.

Exploring new ideas in dozens of dynamic Council events each week that shape public discourse on a range of critical issues, including: national security; the economy and international trade; global health; energy and the environment; immigration; human rights; education; and culture.

Challenging the next generation to develop leadership skills and global acumen so that our communities can better compete, collaborate, and make informed decisions. 

Partnering with organizations that seek to reach out to “grassroots” and “grasstops” citizens, disseminate research, mutually expand networks and transform how people, enterprises, and governments think about the world. 

Expanding informed, respectful public discourse about international relations and current events through WACA conference calls, podcasts, information services, and social media. We are digitally accessible from anywhere in the world.

We need your help!

Your generous contributions will strengthen our capacity to support the World Affairs Council Network through educational and civic initiatives - any amount helps.

Your donation goes to:

  • Academic WorldQuest Endowment
    • Our flagship youth education program. We are 23% away from achieving our goal of $1 million!
  • New Horizons Councils Fund
    • Any monies donated to this fund are set aside only for World Affairs Councils' use
  • New Horizons General Operations
    • Help support WACA carry out its educational mission with initiatives such as the National Conference, Cover to Cover and KNOW NOW monthly conference calls, the Engage America Speaker Series, and general office operations

You can give in one of several ways:

  • Pay with your credit card via the donation buttons at the bottom of this page
  • Mail a check to the WACA National Office (1010 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 516, Washington, DC 20005)
  • Make a gift of appreciated stock
  • Request a distribution from your Donor Advised Fund
  • Check with your employer to see if they will match your gift!

With the passing of the CARES Act, most individual taxpayers will become eligible for significant tax benefits for charitable contributions made this year. Two of these benefits will be:

  • A $300 Above-the-Line Charitable deduction, meaning that individuals who do not itemize their deductions will be eligible to claim up to $300 of charitable deductions in 2020, on top of the standard deduction
  • Modified Limitations on Cash Charitable Contributions - for 2020, the 60% AGI limitation on cash contributions to 501(c)(3) organizations, such as WACA, is suspended

Donations are tax deductible in accordance with the law.

For questions, please contact Bill Clifford, President and CEO, at bclifford@worldaffairscouncils.org or 202-833-4557.

Click any of the categories below to make your contribution - thank you for your gift! 

Academic WorldQuest Endowment
New Horizons Councils Fund
New Horizons General Operations
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