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Given CFR's remote work status, which permits only a skeleton crew in the office each week, it would be helpful if you could make your gift securely online by clicking the "Donate Now" button at the top of this page or via wire or stock transfer. (For instructions, please email​.​) Of course, checks can still be sent to the New York office, attention Finance Department, but please understand if an acknowledgement of your important gift is a bit delayed. 
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The Council on Foreign Relations relies on charitable contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations to support its programs and provide important operating revenue. CFR also receives grant support from foundations and other outside sources for specially funded activities. CFR receives no U.S. or foreign government funding.
CFR welcomes contributions for general support through its Annual Fund. Gifts can also be designated to support current research programs, meeting series, fellowships, or chairs.
Contributions can also be made by bequest or through other testamentary gifts to ensure CFR's permanence, independence, and excellence for the future. Those who make such provisions are recognized as members of the CFR Legacy Society.
Annual Fund
We invite you to support the CFR Annual Fund.
Gifts to the Annual Fund provide critical unrestricted funds that support CFR’s daily operations. These unrestricted dollars support ongoing activities ranging from the think tank’s research and analysis to national programming and outreach and CFR’s award-winning website. The Annual Fund also provides support for new initiatives each year.
If you are affiliated with a corporate or foundation matching gift program, you may be able to increase your gift to CFR. If so, please complete your portion of the matching gift form and send it to:
Development Office
Council on Foreign Relations
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New York, NY 10065
Fax: +1.212.434.9832
The CFR fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.
Legacy Society
The CFR Legacy Society honors and acknowledges individuals who have made the future vitality of CFR a part of their legacy by including the Council in their estate plans. As the Council celebrates its centennial this year, it is inviting all members to become part of this important group whose commitments will enhance the capacity and potential of this extraordinary institution well into its second century.
Throughout its first century, the Council has enjoyed significant growth and evolution but remains, at its heart, a community of members committed to understanding and improving the foreign policy choices of the United States. For one hundred years, the knowledge, influence, and support of CFR members have allowed the Council to become and remain one of the world’s most preeminent voices on foreign policy, serving as an important platform for vital research, analysis, and exchange between important decision-makers, scholars, educators, and many more. It is up to each generation of members to guarantee that the Council will always have the resources to ensure its continued excellence and independence of thought.
Planned gifts ensure CFR's independence and non-partisanship for the future, and they provide a way to make a charitable contribution while receiving tax benefits. All those who confirm in writing that they have included CFR in their will or estate plans, or as a beneficiary of another disposition of assets, are recognized as members of this society. These gifts can be designated for general endowment or specific Council programs and can be any of the following:
Will or bequest
Retained life estate
Life insurance policy
Charitable remainder trust
Charitable lead trust
Retirement plan
As with any charitable gift, consult your attorney, accountant, or other tax advisor for information on how a gift of this nature might benefit your tax situation. A list of current CFR Legacy Society members can be found here (PDF)
For further information, please see the CFR Legacy Society brochure (PDF), or contact Suzanne E. Helm, vice president of philanthropy and corporate relations, at or 212.434.9781.
In a world buffeted by national and international challenges, your support of the Council has never been more important.
Corporate Support
The primary way companies support CFR is via participation in the Council’s Corporate Program, which offers annual membership to qualifying companies at three levels: Founders level at $100,000, President’s Circle at $75,000, and Affiliates at $40,000. Corporate membership benefits include access to CFR discussions and events, tailored briefings for executives, Corporate Leaders and Young Professionals programs, and much more. Companies at the top level of corporate membership may receive additional opportunities and customized benefits corresponding to the level of support.
Additionally, corporate gifts and grants can be designated to support CFR meeting series, think tank programs, fellowships, and chairs.
Companies may also consider sponsorship of Foreign Affairs, which offers the opportunity to reach an extraordinarily engaged audience through print, digital, and event platforms.
To learn more about corporate membership and other opportunities for corporate involvement, please contact the Corporate Program at or 212.434.9684.
Support Foreign Affairs
The Hamilton Fish Armstrong Society recognizes individuals who seek to ensure that Foreign Affairs has the resources it needs to remain at the forefront of thought leadership on global affairs well into its second century. In honor of the longest-serving editor of Foreign Affairs, Hamilton Fish Armstrong, who held the position from 1928 to 1972, society members contribute $25,000 or more annually to provide general operating support that helps to guarantee editorial independence and the level of rigor, the depth of analysis, and the spectrum of viewpoints upon which Foreign Affairs has built its trusted reputation.
All contributions to Foreign Affairs are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Members of the Society will be recognized in the Council on Foreign Relation’s annual donor listing, offered premier tier subscription access, and invited to a number of exclusive events throughout the year. 
You can make your gift online at
For further information, please contact Stephanie Solomon at or 212.434.9703.
Named Chairs, Centers, Fellowships, and Programs
Central to the mission of CFR is the work of the David Rockefeller Studies Program, CFR’s in-house think tank. The Studies Program is defined by its unmatched range and depth of expertise. Named and endowed chairs and fellowships, by providing long-term support, help CFR to attract and retain the world’s leading scholars and to maintain an intellectually rigorous and independent research agenda.
Current Endowment Opportunities:
$5 million will endow a chair, including a senior fellow, a research associate, and yearly programmatic expenses.
$3 million will endow a fellowship.
$1 million will endow an annual symposium.
There are a variety of ways to fund such commitments, including planned gifts, which often provide tax or other income benefits to the donor. To learn about the ways you might establish an endowment at CFR, please contact Suzanne E. Helm, vice president of philanthropy and corporate relations, at or 212.434.9781.
James H. Binger Chair in Global Governance
Mary and David Boies Chair in U.S. Foreign Policy
Ralph Bunche Chair in Africa Policy Studies
Maurice R. Greenberg Chair / Director of Studies
Maurice R. Greenberg Chair in China Studies
George F. Kennan Chair in Russian and Eurasian Studies
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Chair in National Security Studies
Henry A. Kissinger Chair for U.S. Foreign Policy
Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security
Eni Enrico Mattei Chair in Middle East and Africa Studies
Peter G. Peterson Chair / Editor of Foreign Affairs
Philip D. Reed Chair in Science and Technology
Nelson and David Rockefeller Chair in Latin America Studies
David M. Rubenstein Chair in Energy and the Environment
Hasib J. Sabbagh Chair in Middle East Studies
C. V. Starr Chair in Asia Studies
David F. Swensen Chief Investment Officer
Steven A. Tananbaum Chair in International Economics
General John W. Vessey Chair in Conflict Prevention
Paul A. Volcker Chair in International Economics
Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies
Named Fellowships
Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Senior Fellowship for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security
Douglas Dillon Fellowship
John E. Merow Senior Fellowship for Asia Pacific Studies
Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship
Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellowship in Business and Foreign Policy
Stephen A. Schwarzman Senior Fellowship for Asia Studies
Whitney H. Shepardson Fellowship
Cyrus Vance Fellowship in Diplomatic Studies
Blavatnik Internship Program 
Diamonstein-Spielvogel Project on the Future of Democracy
Pieter A. Fisher Program in International Relations
Friedman Family Foundation Strategic Innovation Fund
W. Averell Harriman Program in European Studies
Walter Hochschild Program in International Economics
Stephen M. Kellen Term Member Program
Winston Lord Program on Asia
John J. McCloy Program on International Relations
C. Peter McColough Roundtable Series on International Economics
Robina Franklin Williams Internship Fund
Thomas J. Watson Meetings Program
Named Meetings and Lectureships
Throughout its long history, the Council on Foreign Relations has been privileged to name the following meetings series and lectureships in honor of many distinguished diplomats, philanthropists, academics, and business and government leaders. For more information on opportunities such as these, please contact Suzanne E. Helm, vice president of philanthropy and corporate relations, at or 212.434.9781.
The Darryl G. Behrman Lecture on Africa Policy
The Stephen C. Freidheim Symposium on Global Economics
The Rita Hauser Annual Event
The Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture
The John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture
The Russell C. Leffingwell Lecture
Lessons from History Series
The Robert B. McKeon Endowed Series on Military Strategy and Leadership
Robert Menschel Economics Symposium
The David A. Morse Lectures
The Kenneth A. Moskow Memorial Lecture on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
The David Rockefeller Lecture
The Elihu Root Lecture
The Russia and Russian-American Relations Lecture
The Bernard L. Schwartz Lecture on Economic Growth and Foreign Policy
The Silberstein Family Annual Lecture on Refugee and Migration Policy
The Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the United Nations
The C. V. Starr & Co. Annual Lecture on China
The Paul C. Warnke Lecture on International Security
The Malcolm and Carolyn Wiener Annual Lecture on Science and Technology
Ways To Donate
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How to Give
Thank you for your interest in supporting the Council on Foreign Relations. Your tax-deductible contribution to the Annual Fund will help support CFR’s broad range of activities, including the work of fellows in its distinguished think tank, its award-winning website, and its Washington Program, which serves as a resource for policymakers from the White House to Capitol Hill.
Your gift to CFR will help ensure its availability as a trusted resource for policymakers, the media, and others who care about foreign policy and international relations.
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As an alternative, you may call the Development Office at 212.434.9462 to provide your information by phone.
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For more information about supporting CFR, please contact:
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