Giving Opportunities

Day-in and day-out, since 1873, the Naval Institute has fostered challenging debate and delivered what is hands-down the world’s most vigorous independent forum on defense and security issues. We advance the naval profession. We preserve the United States’ naval history. We increase understanding of American naval power.

With the support of members and donors, the Naval Institute intends to extend its reach even further, deepen its connection to history, and bring this history newly alive for current and future generations. While unrestricted giving allows the Institute the greatest flexibility to use philanthropic dollars where they are needed most, the following restricted projects provide donors with giving options where they can specify exactly what they would like their donations to support.

Sponsor Student Memberships for Our Future Leaders

Donors have the opportunity to bring the benefits of Naval Institute membership directly to the next generation of naval officers and help them advance as leaders of their profession. Tax-deductible gifts can be made to underwrite student memberships for young midshipmen and cadets now enrolled in the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and NROTC programs across the country. Sponsoring student memberships at the Naval War College, Naval Postgraduate School, and even division officer schools is also possible. This is a particularly effective way to honor one’s alma mater or naval training and boost future officers . . . while also strengthening the Sea Services and supporting the Institute. Professors of Naval Science, other NROTC instructors, Company Officers, and teachers associated with sponsored schools are also included in this program.

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Proceedings Magazine Preservation & Dissemination

With philanthropic support, the Naval Institute will digitize all issues of Proceedings and create a fully integrated index from 1874 to the present, covering every page ever published, thus making 140 years of history accessible.

Technology Ventures Fund

An ongoing challenge is to move more and more Naval Institute content onto electronic devices and into the hands of those who want and need it delivered in new ways. The Naval Institute intends to fund a team and purchase the tools to keep up in this fast-evolving field. In doing so, the Institute will increase its relevance and extend its audience.

Essay Contests

With gifts, the Naval Institute will expand the scope of its essay contests to address each critical component of naval warfare. Other essay contests will address ongoing strategic issues such as the United States as a maritime nation, and pressing questions like payloads over platforms.

100 Classics of Naval History

Important works of history can be lost to current and future generations when they go out of print. The full body of work published by the Naval Institute Press (NIP) since 1899 now exceeds 1,000 titles. Using powerful eBook technology, combined with related print-on-demand capabilities, these classic works can live again. Making them available anew will end years of disappointment and frustration for those who seek them. Without donors’ help, it is possible only to convert titles piecemeal as time and resources permit. To propel the work forward, we will create a list of “100 Classics” to be made available as single copies or as a collection.

Photo Archive Preservation & Dissemination

The Naval Institute’s photo archive consists of more than 450,000 prints, slides, and negatives dating back to the Civil War—the largest private collection of naval images in the world. Though maintained in a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled archive, these precious original prints are deteriorating before our eyes—curling up, turning yellow, fading away. Gifts will allow the Institute to digitize the most important photographs in its vast archive and ensure that they are preserved in effective, comprehensive, searchable fashion and available to historians, documentary film-makers, veterans and their families, and the public.

Reinvigorating the Oral History Program

Since its inception in 1969, the Naval Institute’s Oral History Program has been unrivaled in its body of in-depth personal narratives of crucial naval events, as experienced by the great naval leaders of the past century. Oral histories excel in providing rich detail often lost in official histories. In-depth interviews create an intimate, personal narrative of naval events and personalities that can otherwise seem remote and unapproachable. Gifts will underwrite oral history expenses such as the labor-intensive costs of interviewing, transcription, editing, indexing, and binding. This includes digitizing the vast archive of audio-tapes that underpin the collection and making the entire collection available as eBooks or in some other user-friendly published form.

Conferences and Events

Naval Institute conferences bring together preeminent military and civilian leaders, historians and policy-makers to discuss the challenges to the naval services, and to the Nation, at this critical moment in our history. Conference sponsorships provide the opportunity for sponsors to position themselves as generous and ongoing supporters for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. It also illustrates that the sponsor intends to play a constructive role in timely debate by fostering informed discussion of important naval issues. The Naval Institute also hosts an annual Honor’s Night and other member events around the country, giving sponsors other avenues to demonstrate their support for the Sea Services. Underwriting conferences and events provides the sponsor with recognition opportunities in print and online as well as on-site.


Donor Stories

  • In His Own Words: John T. Pigott

    I thoroughly enjoy Proceedings and Naval History magazines.  The continuation of their robust health is a major reason why I have, over many years, given as generously to the Naval Institute as I could—and will continue to do so.  I might add that in 1944 I was a commissioning...

    John T. Pigott
  • In Their Own Words – Sally...

    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
  • Special Assistant to the CNO Says...

    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. . ....

    LCDR Guy Snodgrass
    United States Navy
  • 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...

    Earl F. Rippee
  • Former Prof of Naval Science...

    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
  • A Mother’s Support of her Marine...

    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. ...

    Ruth Ann Raup
  • In His Own Words: Alexander Brast...

    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
  • 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


Conferences and Events

2016 Naval History Conference

Thu, 2016-09-08 - Fri, 2016-09-09

Join us for the 2016 Naval History Conference on 8 and 9 September at Alumni Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy. The Athena...

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San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

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From the Press

Author Talk & Book Signing

Sun, 2016-08-28

Guest Speaker

Fri, 2016-09-09

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