Ways to Give


How to Donate

Unrestricted/Restricted Gifts

Gifts that are not designated for a particular program or activity provide the funds to test new ideas for areas of research and study, as well as helping cover the Center's basic operating costs.

Gifts may be directed to a specific program, activity, or Center-identified need, of interest to the donor. For additional information on funding needs, please contact development@wilsoncenter.org

Matching Gifts

Many companies will match an employee's gift up to a certain point and sometimes more than dollar-for-dollar, thereby increasing the impact of your gift. To find out if your employer has a matching gift program, please click on this link and enter your employer’s name in the window, then hit "submit." Or, check with your employer to see if such a program is available and for any restrictions that might apply.

Gifts in Kind

Gifts in Kind are another way of making a contribution to the Wilson Center. These may provide needed materials and products for the Center's operations, such as a piece of art, audio-visual and computer equipment, and rare books. If you are considering making a gift in kind, please contact the Development Office to determine the Center's interest in a particular gift.

Gifts of Securites or Appreciated Property

The IRS provides generous incentives for charitable gifts in many forms. Donating long-term appreciated assets allows the donor to avoid capital gains taxes and to claim a charitable income tax deduction based on the full fair-market value of the gift. Gifts of real estate, stocks, bonds and certain other real property can provide valuable benefit to the Wilson Center. For additional information about this type of gift or to notify the Center of a transfer of property, please contact the Wilson Center's Development Office.

To make a gift of stock through a wire transfer, your broker may transfer the shares directly to the Wilson Center's account. Please contact development@wilsoncenter.org for wiring instructions.


Building the Wilson Center's endowment is critical to ensuring that the Center has a strong financial base from which to carry out its mission in the future. The Development Office would be happy to discuss giving to the endowment and possible naming opportunities. For more information, please visit the Endowment Opportunities page.