General Operating Support

Annual gifts are vital to fulfilling the Center’s mission of promoting knowledge in the public service. Therefore the Center actively seeks annual, unrestricted contributions to be used where they are most needed for top priority programs and activities.

Annual benefactors will be appropriately recognized at the Wilson Center and in the Center’s publications including the Annual Report.

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.

For additional information on funding needs, please contact Christian Chamars at development@wilsoncenter.org or (202) 691-4381.

Designated Gifts

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 Christian Chamars at development@wilsoncenter.org or (202) 691-4381.

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 Christian Chamars at development@wilsoncenter.org or (202) 691-4381.

Gifts of Securities or Real Estate

The IRS provides generous incentives for charitable gifts in many forms. Donating long-term real estate 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.

Additionally, to make a gift of stock through a wire transfer, your broker may transfer the shares directly to the Wilson Center's account.

For additional information or to make a gift, please contact Christian Chamars at development@wilsoncenter.org or (202) 691-4381.

Endowment

The Wilson Center is supported in perpetuity with an endowment made up of contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporate supporters. These gifts are vital to fulfilling the Center’s mission of promoting knowledge in the public service. Both outright gifts and/or planned gifts, including bequests, may be directed to the endowment to help support Center programs in perpetuity.

Lifetime and testamentary leadership gifts of $100,000 or more to the endowment may be restricted and designated by the donor to a Center program or issue area. (Unless otherwise indicated by the donor, all bequests to the Center will be added to the general endowment.)

Naming opportunities for facilities and spaces, programs, series and positions are offered to donors so they may designate support for their particular areas of interest and be recognized accordingly with naming and duration that are mutually agreeable.

For more information or to discuss leadership Annual and Endowment Giving designations and naming opportunities, please contact Christian Chamars at development@wilsoncenter.org or (202) 691-4381.