Donor Stories

Learn why our donors give to the Naval Institute and the impact they are having on the independent forum for the Sea Services.

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 in educating the civilian electorate.

Ali Wambold
In His Own Words: George W. Carmany III

Copies of Proceedings attracted my young grandson Charles's attention--warships caught his fancy as they had mine--so the time had come to make an honest man of him.  With help from his grandfather, Charles is now a Naval Institute Member and a sustaining donor.  As the Jesuits say, "Give us the boy and the man is ours!"

George W. Carmany III
In His Own Words: Hon. Gordon R. England

The Naval Institute is now a national resource:  It builds public understanding of the naval services, helps to develop future naval leaders, preserves and makes widely available the history of the naval services, and influences the future direction of the sea services.

Honorable Gordon R. England
In His Own Words: Hon. Sean O'Keefe

I was inspired to become a member because of the exceptional capability of the Naval Institute to focus on strategic events and frame them relative to the rich history of the naval services, to provide for the common defense, and to shape our nation's foreign policy objectives and interests around the globe.

Honorable Sean O'Keefe
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
Rep. Forbes Thanks the Naval Institute

I thank the Naval Institute for the great work its done for some 140 years. I¹m blessed to have supporting me an incredibly gifted young staff, and I was thinking how great it¹s been for the Naval Institute throughout all these years to give this kind of youthful brain -- and their kind of thought process -- a home where they can talk and think. I appreciate that so much.

Representative J. Randy Forbes (R - VA)
Grateful to Serve

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

Alan Park
United States Navy
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 rare national resources; it is a unique one.

Joseph Callo
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 investigation of how maritime power relates to our national welfare.

Sally McElwreath Callo
In His Own Words: Earl F. Rippee

Over the years, I’ve taken satisfaction in supporting the Naval Institute. I don’t always like what I read in its publications and hear at its seminars, but I am proud to do my part to make sure everyone—no matter how much I disagree with what they say—has a place to air their views.  I can’t imagine not being part of this dynamic educational opportunity.

Earl F. Rippee
A Mother’s Support of her Marine Son: Going Beyond

Now, more than ever, there is a critical place for an organization such as the Naval Institute that encourages debate on all sides of an issue.  I decided to further support [my son’s] career choice in one of the few ways available to me—by making a gift to the Institute.  I am not from a service background nor knowledgeable about military matters, so adding my voice to the Institute’s forum would be so much hot air.  What I can bring to the mix is my ability to make a financial contribution to keep the forum viable.  By strengthening the Institute, I am, in turn, deepening my commitment to my son.

Ruth Ann Raup
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 my membership.  The Institute is a worthwhile society that has earned this loyalty.  It makes a different in keeping danger as far away from us a possible.

David J. Gray
Special Assistant to the CNO Says Thanks

First and foremost, the index of articles has been invaluable as CNO's Speechwriter.  The ability to reach back and pull information has proven key when writing several articles and speeches for CNO.  Thank you! Secondly, I'm glad to see the USNI app has gone mainstream. . . The ability to read the USNI magazines, access the blog, or check up on the latest news while traveling with my iPad has proven to be fantastic.”—

LCDR Guy Snodgrass
United States Navy
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

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, he was a true gentleman.  In his final years, as his health failed and he could no longer see, he remained gracious and interested in events around him and had helpers read Institute books and magazines aloud to him.  In retirement he remained involved in civic and philanthropic causes, including the Naval Institute, where he was recognized as a Commodore and as a major supporter of the Press and Oral History programs.



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13 December - Book Talk & Signing

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13 December - Book Talk & Signing

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