Earl Lewis Challenge

Help us rise to the challenge and meet our goal of raising $500,000 by 2024.

About the Campaign

After his presidential address at the 2019 OAH Annual Meeting, Professor Earl Lewis announced a generous donation of $50,000 to build the OAH reserve fund. He also issued a challenge. He agreed to donate another $50,000 if the OAH raises $500,000 by the 2024 Annual Conference.

Our reserve fund is crucial to ensure stability during economic downturns and navigate major crises at the OAH. Additionally, the income generated from the fund’s investments sustains our everyday operational expenses. Currently, our reserve fund stands at less than $800,000, falling far short of the recommended amount of twice our annual budget—$6 million. To secure the future of our organization, we must urgently bolster our reserve funds.

As we enter the final year of Earl’s challenge, we need your support now to get over the finish line.

We invite you to contribute to this campaign. Your gift can be pledged and paid over a five-year period, making a significant impact. Furthermore, if you meet the age requirements, consider donating funds from your IRA directly to the OAH, allowing you to bypass taxes on the income.

Help us fortify our organization’s future by supporting our reserve fund today.