Support the Center for the Humanities

More than ever, the humanistic perspective plays a vital role in working to resolve today’s complex problems. The Center for the Humanities promotes the advancement of the humanistic disciplines by funding new research and facilitating exchanges between scholars, change makers and the interested public.

Please take part in helping us to expand and deepen the reach of the humanities and the important contributions our center achieves. The Center for the Humanities asks for your support in promoting our mission at Washington University as well as our local community and around the world.

Gifts to the Annual Fund

Direct your annual Washington University gift to the Center for the Humanities to support ongoing programs such as the James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture on Higher Education, the Faculty Book Celebration, which honors our faculty’s scholarship and inquiry, publication of the Humanities Broadsheet, a monthly publication that highlights humanities-related events on campus and in the St. Louis area, or our faculty workshops that provide an important forum for faculty development in grant-seeking, academic publishing and public engagement. Century Club membership begins with an Annual Fund gift of $100 or more. Annual Fund gifts of $1,000 or more earn membership into the Eliot Society, a leadership society that benefits from exclusive events and offerings such as the Black Tie Annual Dinner and discounted rates for the Whittemore House.

Endowment Gifts

Endowment gifts are invaluable resources that bolster the strength, quality, and success of Washington University and the Center for the Humanities. Endowed fellowships, endowed academic and research programs, and endowed facility funds provide critical permanent support for faculty teaching and research and for myriad student educational experiences. Fellowships, which may be designated to provide permanent funds for undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral fellows, or faculty fellows, provide key resources that further the critical import of the humanities today by supporting discovery, innovative research and curriculum development With an endowed gift of $50,000, you will provide support for lectures and programming, thus helping us to disseminate the knowledge and research of our talented community. With a gift of $100,000, you will be able to endow a fellowship and thus dramatically enhance a new scholar’s ability to dig deep into today’s most pressing questions.  

To make a gift in support of the Center for the Humanities, please contact Director and Professor Jean Allman (314-935-5576 or or Director of Development Mary Druyvesteyn (314-935-5219 or

Make a Gift Online

To make a secure online gift or to make payment on an existing pledge, go to our giving page at: To designate your gift, type “Center for the Humanities” in the special designation box.

Make a Gift or Pledge by Mail

To make a gift by mail, please include an explanation of the purpose for your gift and a check made payable to Washington University. Send to: Washington University in St. Louis, Alumni and Development Programs, Attn: Mary Druyvesteyn, One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1202, St. Louis, MO 63130.

Advocate for the humanities locally and around the world

Your support can fund faculty research, community programming, graduate and undergraduate research, and much more!

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James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture on Higher Education

Annual Faculty Book Celebration

Faculty Fellowships

Divided City/Alberti Program for Young People

Undergraduate Research

Graduate Student Fellowships