Frequently Asked Questions

Since the Carnegie Institution was funded by Andrew Carnegie, why does it need contributions?

Andrew Carnegie contributed $22 million to the Carnegie Institution to create an endowment. Even though the Carnegie gift has increased considerably in value over the years and has been supplemented by gifts from foundations and individuals for the endowment, the institution's endowment generates less than 60% of the funds needed to support the work of our scientists. We therefore rely on gifts from individuals, as well as government and private grants, for more than 40% of our annual operating income.

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How do I make a gift to the Carnegie Institution?

The Carnegie Institution accepts gifts via many different methods. Listed below are the most common through which you can make your gifts. If you do not see the information you need, feel free to contact us at 202-939-1121 or email us.

Gifts Online
Use Carnegie Institution's secure online giving form – the easiest and quickest way to make your gift. (Annual Fund only at this time.)

Gifts by Phone
It's easy! Charge your gift on a Mastercard, Visa by phoning 202-939-1121 and have the following information at hand:

  • Name on credit card
  • Credit card type
  • Account number
  • Expiration date
  • Amount of gift
  • Gift designation

Gifts by Mail

Print and fill out this form and mail your gift to:
Dr. Richard A Meserve, President
The Carnegie Institution
1530 P Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005

Make checks payable to the Carnegie Institution. Be sure to indicate the Annual Fund or gift designation on your check.

Gifts of stock
Contributing securities or appreciated stocks and bonds is a tax-wise way to show support of the Carnegie Institution. Call Irene Stirling at 202-939-1122 to begin the process. Be prepared to provide her with the name of the stock, the number of shares and the designation.

Matching Gifts
Double or even triple your gift to the Carnegie Institution by taking advantage of your employer's matching gift program.

To find out if you or your spouse's employer matched your gift go to our employer matching gift search page, or check with your human resources department. It's fast and easy!

Wire Transfers
Funds may be wired directly to the Carnegie Institution. Call Irene Striling at 202 939 1122 to begin the process. Be prepared to provide her with the method of transfer, the amount and the designation.

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May I designate my gift to a specific program or department?

Yes, indicate the designation on the check or a letter accompanying your check.

Unrestricted gifts are of particular importance as these gifts allow the president to respond to immediate and sometimes unanticipated needs and to strengthen and enrich our scientists’ research.

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