Naval Institute Projects Seeking 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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.