National Humanities Alliance

Founded in 1981, the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) is an advocacy coalition dedicated to the advancement of humanities education, research, preservation, and public programs. NHA is supported by more than one hundred national, state and local member organizations and institutions, including: scholarly and professional associations; higher education associations; organizations of museums, libraries, historical societies and state humanities councils; university-based and independent humanities research centers; and colleges and universities.

The mission of the National Humanities Alliance is to advance the cause of the humanities by promoting the common interests of its members with regard to national policy, programs, and legislation that impact work in the humanities. NHA works to achieve its objectives by:

  • educating and informing constituents regularly throughout the year on funding, legislation and other issues
  • providing a forum for the discussion of policy issues among constituents
  • representing constituents at the national and federal levels
  • mobilizing constituents for grassroots advocacy

The National Humanities Alliance is the only organization that represents the US humanities community as a whole.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Alliance is a 501(c)(4) non-profit association and is strictly nonpartisan. Membership in the National Humanities Alliance is open to organizations and institutions that sponsor or support individual scholars, programs of study in the humanities, and/or other activities in the humanities. 


National Humanities Alliance Foundation

The National Humanities Alliance Foundation (NHA Foundation) is the 501(c)(3) supporting foundation of the National Humanities Alliance.