The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has launched a fundraising campaign to ensure the society’s continued operation through the COVID-19 crisis. The goal of the initiative is to raise $500,000 by June 1.
In an appeal to AES stakeholders, AES president Agnieszka Roginska acknowledged that many AES members, and many among the Society’s manufacturer and service provider partners, are facing their own challenges in this time of global upheaval. “Others,” said Roginska in her letter, “may be in a more stable position and able to once again contribute to the Society. If it is within your ability, may we ask that you make a financial contribution to help see your AES through these unprecedented times?”
Since the launch of the campaign, numerous individuals have renewed their memberships, choosing in some cases to extend their membership by several years as an investment in the Society and in their personal future in the industry. Campaign-specific contributions ranging from $5 to $4,500 have been made, totaling more than $23,000. “The AES is extremely grateful for all contributions,” said Roginska.
Donations may be made on the AES.org website or via PayPal accounts sent directly to email@example.com.
As a special thank you, the AES will recognize individuals making contributions of $400 with a three-month Sustaining Member status; at $500 USD, contributing individuals will receive sustaining member status through December 2020.
As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, donations to AES by U.S. taxpayers are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
“Working together, the AES will persevere,” said Roginska. “We appreciate your thoughtful consideration of this request. Visit Aes.org to find out more about what the Audio Engineering Society has to offer and for ways that you can listen, learn and connect with audio peers and pros around the world.”
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