OK, so, within minutes of my previous post, a reader* sent me ASA’s 2008 Form 990 tax return. Nonprofit tax returns are apparently a matter of public record and all you have to do is register at Guidestar.com and start searching.
Want to compare the 2008 sociology return to the returns for economics, political science, or anthropology? Well, follow those links. Skimming them, I thought the most interesting thing is the very modest relationship between the size of the different disciplines faculty-wise (economics > political science > sociology > anthropology) and how much their professional organizations take in and spend.
In terms of the finances of the journals, though, my correspondent pointed out that it looks like in 2008 the journals had $3 million in revenue (page 2) and $1.6 million in expenses (page 9), so, if that’s correct, the ASA journals appear to have come out about $1.4 million ahead.
UPDATE: Looks from page 9 like ASA made $85K from “mailing list rentals.” ASA has about 14K members, so that works out to better than $6/member name. I had no idea our names were so valuable.
* I wasn’t sure if you wanted credit or to remain anonymous.