Support NMI

NMI’s donors play an essential role in sustaining the quality, independence and impact of our experts’ work by providing critical financial resources to support a wide range of research projects on the policy questions facing decision-makers in the U.S. and the world. The individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies that contribute to NMI value the empirical inquiry and practical policy recommendations we produce every day. They attend a variety of public and private events that allow rich intellectual exchanges with our scholars. They also get a first look at our publications and receive special updates and other communications from NMI. Making a contribution to NMI is quick and easy.

Getting Involved with NMI

NMI welcomes the engagement of a range of stakeholders in our work. We have developed a variety of opportunities for individuals, corporations, foundations, and other organizations to contribute to our research programs and the Institution as a whole.

Through the NMI Board of Directors, and Senior Management, individual donors enjoy a range of opportunities to engage with NMI, whether by supporting the Institution as a whole or by focusing on particular research programs that interest them the most. In addition to giving cash or securities, donors can name NMI as the beneficiary of life insurance policies and other estate planning vehicles.

The NMI offers a program of events and other activities for private-sector leaders who value interactions with NMI experts.

Since its founding, NMI has received important support from foundations that has allowed our experts to provide unbiased, fact-based recommendations to guide policymakers through their toughest decisions.

To advance its research and policy goals, NMI experts and projects often partner with organizations that share our high standards for quality, independence and impact.

General Operating Support

General operating support enables NMI to hire and retain the best scholars and gives our experts the resources they need to conduct a wide range of timely research projects, convene events, and conduct outreach activities that ensure maximum impact on public policy. Unrestricted funding from individuals and companies also underwrites the core operations of the Institution.

Project Support

NMI projects benefit from specific support for research, outreach, and activities.


A gift of endowed funds provides crucial support for key priorities and ensures an enduring legacy for the donor. Permanent endowments provide income to NMI in perpetuity. Many endowed research chairs, fellowships, lecture series and other vehicles can be named as a lasting testament to the generosity of the donor or to honor an individual of the donor’s choosing.

Structured Gifts

Structured gifts combine the immediate impact of direct project support with the durability of an endowment. The funds from a structured gift are typically invested in NMI general endowment, but, depending on the immediate needs of the underlying project, the invested funds can realize a higher payout during the project’s start-up phase. Many structured gifts can be named as a testament to the generosity of the donor or to honor an individual of the donor’s choosing.