Membership 2017-04-30T17:51:06+00:00

igslogoWhen you join the Institute of General Semantics, for one year you will receive the quarterly journal ETC: A Review of General Semantics (published since 1943), as well as special discounts on IGS programs, conferences, seminars, merchandise, etc.

Membership Options

The Institute of General Semantics is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in 1938. The value of your IGS membership donation is $50.

Contributions over $50 may be tax deductible depending on your individual U.S. tax situation.

Standard Membership Levels

Member – $50
Student – $25 

Exclusive Membership Levels

Contributor – $100
Supporter – $250
Sponsor – $500
Time-Binder – $1,000


Membership Renewals

You may renew at any level. See below for renewal instructions.

Gift Memberships

Active IGS members may gift memberships at $40. See below for instructions.

Member Benefits

The Institute of General Semantics provides benefits to its members. Here are some of those benefits.

ETC: A Review of General Semantics

Members receive four issues of our quarterly journal ETC: A Review of General Semantics.

ETC contributes to and advances the understanding of language, thought, and behavior. Each issue of ETC provides the latest research and discourse on general semantics.

More information on ETC: A Review of General Semantics »


Member-Only Discounts

The IGS Store carries a number of books, downloads, and other items related to general semantics available for purchase.

Active members are permitted to purchase eligible products in the IGS Store at a 15% discount.

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Member-Only Events

Active members may attend special events hosted by the Institute of General Semantics for free or at a discount.

In recent years, IGS has hosted free dinners before the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture for members and their guests.

Gift Memberships

Active members may give the gift of membership to others who may take an interest in general semantics.

Gift memberships are $40 for active members.

Payment Options

IGS offers a number of methods for joining. The fastest way to join is via our online store. Alternately, you may join by mail and over the phone. We accept payment by check, credit card, and Paypal.

Join Online

Become a member today and in the same order, you are immediately eligible to save 15% on many products in the IGS Store.

Use Paypal or a Credit Card

Click the button below to use our online store to make a payment.

Join by Mail

Using a credit card or check, you may print our downloadable membership form and mail it in with payment.

Pay by Credit Card or Check

Click the button below to download our membership form. Please allow 1-3 weeks for processing.

Join by Phone

Using a credit card, you may call our office and provide us with your membership and payment information.

Pay by Credit Card

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Give an IGS Gift Membership!

A Gift That Gives for a Whole Year!

A gift membership to the Institute of General Semantics does just that for only $40.00.

If you have an active IGS membership, you can purchase Gift Memberships for friends and family at a 20% discount, and they will receive all of the benefits of IGS membership. You may use any of these payment methods for gifting an IGS membership. (Click here to download our gift membership form. Note: Please mark “GIFT” somewhere clearly on the form.)

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Additional Donations

When becoming a member of IGS, won’t you consider making an additional donation? Your additional donation helps us provide for programs, classes, books, and research. Donations are tax deductible as the law allows.

You may use any of the above payment methods to make an additional donation to IGS.

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For donations via mail, please mark “ADDITIONAL DONATION” somewhere clearly on the form.

Questions about Membership?

For questions regarding your membership status, please contact us. You may contact us via email or by phone. Please allow up to 1 week for a reply.

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Become a member of the Institute of General Semantics today to start receiving our quarterly journal as well as special discounts.

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