Donations to the American Physiological Society support a wide array of awards, fellowships, and programs that advance the discipline of physiology.

Donations to APS support the physiology research and teaching community by providing funding for:

  • career development and research awards that support and recognize the research efforts and professional service of trainees and early career physiologists;
  • education and diversity programs that promote excellence in teaching physiology, develop the next generation of physiologists, and enhance diversity within the profession;
  • international award programs that increase interaction and collaboration of physiologists around the world;
  • science policy and public outreach efforts that protect physiology research funding, ensure responsible use of animals in research, and strengthen public understanding of physiology; and,
  • section and group awards and activities that recognize outstanding trainees and early career physiologists and provide them with travel awards to attend scientific meetings.


Other Ways to Give


Pledges allow you to consider a larger gift than might have otherwise been possible. Terms for payment on pledges are flexible but typically run between three and five years. If interested, please contact APS or fill out and return a pledge form.

Gift of Stock

Donating appreciated securities is a great way to support APS. Before making such a gift, please make sure to discuss your particular situation with your financial advisor. It is important that you notify APS in advance of any transfer so that you will be properly credited for your gift.

When donating stock to APS, please provide the firm from which you are transferring the securities with the Morgan Stanley DTC number: 0015 and request that the stocks be transferred to account 631-128914-335 in the name of American Physiological Society. Once the request has been made, please notify Nicholas Carter by email at with the name of the security, amount of shares, and the name of the donor. In the event that you are donating mutual funds, please contact Nicholas Carter for further information.

Gift from IRA or Retirement Account

If you are 70½ years old or older, you can make a gift to APS directly from your IRA without having to pay income taxes on the money. All you need to do is request that your IRA plan administrator transfer funds to the Society. The IRA charitable rollover provision allows you to exclude up to $100,000 per year in IRA gifts from your taxable income.

Planned Gift

Many APS supporters choose to leave a donation in their wills as an easy way to have a long-term impact, without any upfront cost during their lifetimes. By leaving a gift to APS in your will or trust, you are building a powerful legacy to advance the discipline of physiology and ultimately improve human and animal health.

To get started, visit, where you can create a legal will online for free. Specify within your will the amount or percentage of your estate you’d like to leave (if any) to APS and other charity organizations. If you’d prefer to draft your will independently and you choose to leave a gift to us in your will, we suggest the following language and to advise us of your intentions by completing and returning a bequest intention form.

“I bequeath (amount or percentage) to the American Physiological Society, a nonprofit corporation organized and existing under the laws of Maryland, with the principal business address of 6120 Executive Blvd Ste 600, Rockville, MD 20852-4911 and federal tax identification number 53-0204660.”

Finally, rest assured knowing you’ll be making positive change for generations to come. You will also become a member of the 1887 Legacy Circle and receive special recognition for your gift.
How You Make an Impact
Our donors have an enormous impact on the physiology research and teaching community through their support of APS awards and programs. You can learn more about how you make an impact at

“The recovery process will be long and slow, but we are so grateful to have organizations like APS to help the scientists of Puerto Rico realize that those on the mainland have not forgotten us as we rebuild our lives and the lives of those around us. These donations will help keep science alive and growing in Puerto Rico.”

 -Maria Diehl, 2017 Hurricane Relief Fund Award recipient
Donor Recognition
The Society recognizes and thanks our donors through three distinct recognition programs. Donor lists are available in the Society’s annual report each year.

The Founders Circle

Honoring the Society’s founders and their role in advancing physiology, The Founders Circle recognizes the Society’s most generous annual donors. Individuals who donate $250 or more in a given year (January 1 - December 31) become Founders Circle members for that year, according them special recognition for their generosity and leadership.

Champions for Physiology

Champions for Physiology are a special group of the Society's most passionate and enduring supporters who have chosen to make a monthly gift. Champions for Physiology provide consistent, continuing support for APS awards, fellowships, and programs, and thus sustain our efforts to support and develop the next generation of physiologists.

1887 Legacy Circle

APS honors those making major gifts of $25,000 or more or planned gifts of any amount with membership in the 1887 Legacy Circle. As a Legacy Circle member, you will receive a commemorative plaque and we will recognize your gift publicly, unless you wish to remain anonymous. Please notify us if you have already arranged a gift through your will (bequest) or other planned gift for the Society as we would like to provide recognition of your intended support.

Contact Us
If you have any questions, please contact the Development Office at or contact Development Office staff directly at:

Claudia Garcia
Administrative Assistant