The work of the Naval Institute is key to maintaining history’s greatest Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. We advance the naval professions. We preserve the United States’ naval history. We increase understanding of American naval power. With support of members and donors, the Naval Institute intends to extend its reach even further, deepen its connection to history, and bring this history newly alive for current and future generations.
The Naval Institute is a private, not-for-profit educational institution with a current membership of approximately 45,000 worldwide. It receives no government funding. Classified by the IRS as a 501(c)3, the Institute operates from revenues generated by book sales, membership dues, advertising income, and from tax-deductible gifts made to the Naval Institute Foundation.
How we use Donations
With your gift, the Naval Institute Foundation is investing in the means to equip today’s leaders with unlimited access to vital information—when and where they need it—in all corners of the world. In doing so, it utilizes donations from members and other generous donors, along with contributions from corporations and foundations, to enrich the offerings, accessibility, and preservation of a great national treasure: the Naval Institute.
Tax-deductible gifts to the Naval Institute create added value beyond what membership dues cover by supporting initiatives such as:
- Digitizing professional publications and references so they can be retrieved online.
- Developing mobile apps for instant access to key information.
- Creating new and useful tools, such as the Naval Wiki.
- Preserving our vast archive of naval images and documents
Gifts to the Naval Institute will enable us to remain true to our mission of being an independent forum to advance the understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense. Our highest priority giving opportunities include supporting the following objectives:
- The introduction of the next generation of naval leaders to their professional society
- Making the chronicle of naval knowledge accessible when readers need it
- Enabling the Institute to stay abreast of advancing technology in publishing
- Stimulating thought, discourse and writing about Sea Power issues
- Keeping important Sea Service literature available to future generations
- Educating with historical naval images now—and preserving them for future generations
- Recording life lessons of today’s naval leaders to inspire those who follow
- Enlivening the Independent Forum…and taking it on the road