Donor Stories

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 His Own Words: Alexander Brast Thomas

    The Navy and all it stands for remain an important part of my life.  I have been a Life Member of the Naval Instiute for 40 years.  Supporting the USNI mission, financially and in other ways, is something I care about deeply.  And thinking now of the Institute’s rich and...

    Alexander Brast Thomas
  • In Her Own Words: Ingrid S. Beach

    Between the splendid books offered by the Naval Institute Press and the stirring videos from the “Americans at War” series, I am struck by how well the Institute is keeping abreast of modern technology and incorporating high-profile techniques into its publishing business.  But...

    Ingrid S. Beach
  • In His Own Words: Ali Wambold

    The Naval Institute provides perspective for both military personnel and civilians as a concise, pertinent, knowledgeable, and objective source on vital topics.  All citizens need to be properly informed in deciding how they stand on such matters, and the Institute can make a big difference...

    Ali Wambold
  • 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,...

  • In His Own Words: LT Matthew Hipple, USN

    More than anything else, the Naval Institute is where ideas--not rank--dominate the discourse.  In a world of buzzwords, pet projects, and pop-policy, it's critical to have a strong institution where a JO or NCO's insight counts as much as the think-tank academic or the admiral.

    LT Matthew Hipple
    United States Navy

Invest in the U.S. Naval Institute

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.

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:

  • Strengthening the content of Proceedings and Naval History magazines
  • 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

Giving Priorities

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



Conferences and Events

2016 Coast Guard Academy Conference

Mon, 2016-10-24

US Coast Guard Academy

As part of The U.S. Coast Guard Academy 2016-2017 Leadership Lecture Series The U.S. Naval Institute presents Historical and...

Maritime Security Dialogue

Defense Forum Washington 2016

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From the Press

Guest Lecturer & Book Signing

Sun, 2016-10-30

Book Launch Party

Wed, 2016-11-02

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