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Membership in the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) is open to organizations that sponsor or support individual scholars, programs of study, or other activities in the humanities. Applicants for membership must be exempt from federal taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The NHA is strictly nonpartisan.  NHA relies solely on membership dues for its revenue.   

There are two membership categories: Active and Associate.  Active members are eligible to participate in the governance of NHA through election to the Board of Directors.  Associate members participate in all other activities of NHA but are not eligible for board representation. 

Active Members

Dues for Active non-membership organizations that do not have individual members are determined by the category of organization as follows: Research Universities ($2,500), Colleges ($1,000), and Humanities organizations such as humanities centers and councils, museums, libraries, and archives ($1,000).  Dues for Active membership organizations, such as scholarly societies, start at $1,000 and are calculated by taking .3% of Line 18 (Total Expenses) from the IRS Form 990 and subtracting Line 13 (Grants Given).  In calculating dues, consideration is given to organizations where members are not all humanists. 

Associate Members

Associate level memberships in the Alliance are tiered by an organization’s expenses and begin at $650.

Expense range*




>1,000,000 and <2,500,000


>2,500,000 and <7,500,000   




*990 Line 18 (total expenses) - Line 13 (grants given)


Please contact Stephen Kidd, Executive Director, at (202) 296-4994 x149 or to discuss membership in the National Humanities Alliance.