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The Institute Annual Fund is the best way for you to directly support students, faculty, and the Institute’s educational mission.

The Annual Fund turns individual gifts of all sizes into support for the key aspects of an Institute education. Every dollar you donate is put to immediate use in the areas of greatest need.

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What the Institute Annual Fund Supports

Thanks to gifts made to the Annual Fund, the Institute is able to provide scholarship support to students, sustain a robust academic community, and attract and retain world-class faculty.


Gifts to the Annual Fund provide much-needed support for academic scholarships. All U.S. and international applicants to the Institute master's degree programs are considered for an Institute merit-based scholarship once they have been admitted. More than 90 percent of students qualify for and receive financial aid each year.

The Institute Community

Gifts to the Annual Fund support seminars, speaker series, and public events that build community in our locations on the Monterey Peninsula; in Washington, D.C.; in Vienna, Austria; and all over the world. The Annual Fund supports campus technology, the library, and campus facilities.


More than 75 professors in all disciplines are teaching at the Institute right now. Annual Fund gifts support their work, provide resources to attract and retain first-rate professors, and create opportunities for professional scholarship and research.

How Can I Make a Gift?

Give now on our secure giving site. You can also learn more on how to specifically direct your gift through gift planning.

Every Gift Counts

Every gift to the Institute Annual Fund—no matter the size—makes a difference. For example, gifts from more than 700 donors last year added up to more than $3 million.

Participation Matters

It’s never too soon to think about giving back. Giving to the Institute Annual Fund sends a message to students and faculty that alumni, friends, foundations, corporations, and other major donors think the education provided by the Institute brings value to the world.

In addition, many donors look at alumni giving as a vote of confidence in their school and often examine the percentage of alumni giving when they are considering making their own gifts. This participation rate also factors into college ranking systems. High marks help to attract the most talented students and faculty in the world.

What’s In It For You?

The Institute Annual Fund offers special recognition to donors on the public annual Donor Roll, and your name will be featured on the Donor Wall in the lobby of the McCone Building on campus.