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  • Former Prof of Naval Science Sponsors Gift...

    I am confident that the newly commissioned ensigns from Marquette will benefit from membership in the Institute,” Dave says.  “As these young men and women begin their naval careers, I want them to have the same advantages that USNI membership brought me.  The Institute is...

    David Chomeau, a retired St. Louis insurance executive
  • In Their Own Words – Sally McElwreath Callo

    During my [naval] reserve career I came to understand the dedication of my career Navy counterparts and the overarching importance of the U.S. Navy to our past, present and future.  That has translated naturally to support for the Naval Institute Foundation and its support for the rigorous...

    Sally McElwreath Callo
  • A Commodore to be Missed

    Though the Institute staff has the pleasure of dealing on a daily basis with many outstanding members, authors, and donors, some invariably stand out.  The late Everett “Tuck” Weaver of Winnetka, Illinois, who died in September, is one.  Generous and modest to the extreme,...

  • Grateful to Serve

    “Grateful to serve my God and Country in the nuclear Navy. Go Nuke!”

    Alan Park
    United States Navy
  • In His Own Words: David J. Gray

    Understanding history sharpens strategic skills and enables us to function on a higher level.  Our bequest will help underwrite conferences, articles, books and lectures at the Institute’s discretion. By including the Naval Institute in my estate plans, my support will continue beyond...

    David J. Gray
  • In Their Own Words – Joseph Callo

    One cannot learn how important our Navy is while watching the nightly news, and that is exactly why the Naval Institute Foundation is so important.  It supports the kind of intellectual exploration of naval and maritime matters that is lacking elsewhere.  The Foundation is not just a...

    Joseph Callo
  • Giving the Gift of Membership

    Chris, You're a professional warrior now, in the 2nd year of at least a 10-year career. This publication will help keep you keep current in your chosen profession with respect to weapons, strategy, tactics, and personnel issues. Knowledge is power. Beat Army! Dad

  • U of I NROTC Gift Memberships

    Digital-media entrepreneur and author Christopher P. Michel of San Francisco has agreed to underwrite Institute memberships for midshipmen in the NROTC unit at the University of Illinois for the next several years.  A former naval flight officer, Chris received his commission through this...

  • Naval Photos

    Thanks to the USNI I was able to purchase photos of the ships my Dad served on during his 10+ years of Naval Service.

    Kevin Johnson

Support

Naval Institute Projects Seeking Support
Unrestricted Support

The purpose of the Naval Institute Foundation is to secure the Naval Institute's long-term financial position—and no type of support allows the Institute more flexibility to accomplish its goals than unrestricted gifts. The Board of Directors decides how unrestricted gifts can best be used to advance the Institute's educational mission.

Essay and Photo Contests

For well over a century, the Naval Institute has used essay contests to focus attention on issues of concern to the Sea Services and to provide thought-provoking articles for its magazines. Photo contests have fulfilled a similar visual function for nearly four decades. At present the Institute offers several annual essay and two annual photo contests. Donors can sponsor an individual contest for a gift of $50,000, or have their gift combined with others to support the overall program.

Naval Institute Press Book Subventions

Subventions enable the Naval Institute Press to offer titles that otherwise would be too expensive to publish. These include books on worthwhile scholarly subjects that require extensive research but do not necessarily appeal to a wide consumer audience, as well as coffee-table books that require high-quality photographs, expensive paper stock, and complex design and layout. Donors can sponsor a specific book project for a gift of at least $5,000, or have their gift combined with others to support the overall program.

Oral History

For more than three decades, the Naval Institute's oral history program has been unrivaled in its growing body of personal narratives of crucial naval events and in-depth interviews with military leaders. Producing oral histories is labor-intensive—thus expensive. Each project entails the costs of travel and research, interviewing, transcription, editing, indexing, annotating, and binding. Donors can sponsor a specific project through an individual or combined gift of approximately $40,000, or direct their gift to generall program support.

Among current projects in need of support are the oral histories of:

Admiral Robert Kramek, USCG (Ret.)
Admiral James Loy, USCG (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Edward H. Martin, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, USN (Ret.)
Admiral Paul David Miller, USN (Ret.)
Admiral J. Paul Reason, USN (Ret.)
 

Photographic Archives

The Naval Institute has amassed the world's largest private collection of naval photographs and receives increasingly more requests for these images. We are working to preserve this treasure so it can benefit future generations. The Institute also seeks to help scholars and historians access this resource by compiling a master digital catalog of the archive.

Professional Conferences

By gathering panels of top experts on a particular subject and allowing the audience to interact with them, the Naval Institute has brought its open forum to life and taken it on the road. Outside funding sources enable us to keep the cost of attending low so that even the most junior personnel can participate. There are excellent opportunities for corporate sponsorship of related luncheons and receptions.

Unrestricted Endowment

The essence of the Naval Institute is its independence, its historic open forum, and its intellectual courage. Ensuring these core attributes today and into the future—notwithstanding the vagaries of the economy, the defense climate, and the marketplace—requires sound financial footing. Building an operating endowment will help the Institute to keep pace with technological changes and customer expectations.

For additional information about supporting any Naval Institute project, please contact Sue Sweeney at 410-295-1054 or by e-mail.


 
 

Conferences and Events

2014 U.S. Naval Institute History Conference

Wed, 2014-10-01

The 2014 Naval History Conference is hosted by the U.S. Naval Institute and the U.S. Naval Academywith support from The William M...

Defense Forum Washington 2014

Newseum - Knight Conference Center

2015 WEST Conference

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From the Press

Meet the Author & Guest Lecturer

Sat, 2014-08-09

CDR Youssef H. Aboul-Enein, USN

Meet the Author & Book Signing

Tue, 2014-08-12

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