Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make a gift to the Institute?

We accept gifts in a variety of forms, as listed below, from both individuals and institutions. You can make your contribution in whatever form is most convenient and comfortable for you. For any additional questions regarding your gift to the Institute, please contact our Development Department at 202-787-5272 or

What is the Institute for Policy Studies?

IPS is a progressive think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. In partnership with dynamic social movements, we turn transformative policy ideas into action.

When was the Institute founded?

Founded in 1963 as Washington’s first progressive multi-issue think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) has served as a policy and research resource for visionary social justice movements for over five decades — from the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 1960s to the peace and global justice movements of the last decade.

What are the Institute’s research areas?

Today the Institute’s work is organized into more than a dozen projects, reflecting our public scholars’ diverse areas of expertise. In practice, these projects collaborate strategically to pursue three overarching policy goals: peace, justice, and the environment. You can learn more about our projects here.

Who are the Institute’s public scholars?

Our public scholars are the heart and soul of the Institute’s work. Their passion for bringing fresh, bold ideas and substantiated research together to catalyze social change, both at home and abroad, has allowed the Institute for Policy Studies to turn ideas into action for the past fifty years. You can learn more about our experts and their work here.

Who serves on the Institute’s Board of Trustees?

Our Board of Trustees includes individuals from diverse fields, from poets to activists, journalists to economists, to name just a few. Broad-ranging as their areas of expertise may be, our Trustees are united by their commitment to work with the Institute to create a more peaceful, just, and green society. You can learn more about them here.

How does the Institute get its funding?

We receive approximately 75% of our income from private and family foundations, about 20% from individual donors, and the remaining 5% from “earned” income through events, tuitions, honoraria, publications, and the like.

How is my donation spent?

Currently, we devote the majority of our funding – 88% – to our programs. We allocate the remaining 12% to overhead expenses including accounting, human resource management, communications, insurance, and fundraising.

How can I obtain a copy of the Institute’s annual report, most recent audit, or Forms 990?

You can download copies of our annual report, audits, and Forms 990 online, or contact our Development Department at 202-787-5272 or for hard copies.

Are donations to the Institute tax-exempt?

The Institute for Policy Studies is organized as a District of Columbia non-profit corporation, and we have been designated a 501(c)(3) corporation by the Internal Revenue Service. Donations to the Institute are therefore tax-deductible.

What is the Institute’s tax identification number?

Our tax identification number (EIN) is 52-0788947.

Does the Institute accept all donations it is offered?

The Institute, since its founding in 1963, has had a policy of accepting no donations from government entities. There are no other formal restrictions with respect to accepting donations. In practice, however, the Institute does not solicit, and rarely accepts, gifts from large corporations.

Can I visit the Institute for Policy Studies?

Our development staff is always delighted to meet with our donors or others interested in the Institute at our headquarters. You are also welcome to attend any of our public events.

Who can help me update my contact or billing information?

To update your contact information, you can contact our Development Department by phone at 202-787-5272, by email at, or by mail at:

Institute for Policy Studies
Attn: Development Department
1301 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

Does the Institute publicize the names of its donors and contributors?

The Institute for Policy Studies never shares or sells the names or contact information of its donor lists with any other organizations, individuals, or campaigns.

How can I give on a monthly basis?

You can sign up online to be a monthly sustainer of the Institute. In fact, setting up regular payments directly helps us reduce administrative costs. Most supporters arrange for a monthly charge to their credit card, which helps us to be more efficient and avoid mailing out reminders.

Can I designate my gift to the Institute for a particular program or public scholar?

Donors may choose to earmark their gifts for any of the Institute’s specific projects. You can do so using our secure online donation form, by mail, or by phone. Or, you can contact our Development Office at 202-787-5272 or if you have further questions regarding gift designation.

Can I make the Institute a beneficiary of my will or estate?

There are various ways you can support the Institute for Policy Studies in your estate plans. For more information, please visit the planned giving section of our website or contact our Development Department at 202-787-5235 or

Can I make a gift in honor of a friend or family member?

Donating to the Institute for Policy Studies is a wonderful way to honor a friend or family member who shares the Institute’s commitment to the promotion of peace, justice, and the environment. You can do so using our secure online donation form, by mail, or by phone.

Can I support IPS through the Combined Federal Campaign?

Yes, you can. Our Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) code is 12787.