For nearly 150 years, the Naval Institute has been the intellectual heart of the naval profession.  It gives voice to those who seek the finest Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard in the world.  At its core, the Institute is an open, independent, nonpartisan forum where those who dare to read, think, speak, and write can take issue with senior positions — not as an act of insubordination, but as a step forward to advance the understanding of sea power and other issues critical to global security.

As it looks to the future, the Naval Institute seeks to extend its reach, broaden its community, and increase the "dare factor." To enhance understanding of the Sea Services' contributions to global security, we will introduce strategic issues to the Open Forum and help provide "top cover" to those who responsibly push the envelope to ensure all points of view are part of the discourse. We will augment Proceedings with more online offerings to increase the frequency with which important content reaches our members. Even as we seek to make our content accessible and understandable to a wider audience, we will adhere to our high standards for relevancy, credibility, and accuracy.

The Naval Institute will provide more opportunities for naval personnel to broaden their professional networks online and in person to strengthen their expertise. We will build on core resources, creating new digital and in-print databases and guides. Because their perspectives are vital, we will redouble our efforts to serve, attract, and retain serving Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard senior enlisted personnel. We will continue to be the go-to source for motivated professionals who want to share information with like-minded individuals.

Our vision is not solely focused on the future. We will intensify our efforts to keep alive the lessons of naval history to benefit both current and future generations — capturing more primary-source material, publishing more naval histories, and attracting more top-notch historians to the Naval Institute Press through creative and enhanced editorial support.

To accomplish all we plan to do, the Naval Institute must continue to improve its capacity to survive the unpredictable bumps that inevitably crop up and to have the agility to seize strategic opportunities on short notice. Unrestricted support helps provide this flexibility. 

The Naval Institute is a private, not-for-profit educational institution with a current membership of approximately 50,000 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.

Gifts to the Naval Institute enable us to remain true to our mission of providing an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to global security. Our highest priority giving opportunities support the following objectives and key strategic initiatives:

  • Enhance understanding of the Sea Services' contributions to global security and prosperity
  • Advance naval professionals and their profession, and develop future leaders
  • Keep alive the lessons of naval history to benefit current and future generations
  • Broaden our community
  • Build investment capital to ensure resilience and seize strategic opportunities

Tax-deductible gifts to the Naval Institute create added value beyond what membership dues cover by supporting initiatives such as:

  • Strengthening the content of Proceedings and Naval History magazine
  • Creating new avenues of communication such as USNI News and Naval Institute blogs
  • Stimulating discussion by offering more essay and writing contests
  • Preserving our vast archive of naval images and documents
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