Why support Sunwater Institute?

The Sunwater Institute is a leading organization for systems innovation that improves our society. Your generous support can help further this mission and deliver impact in key areas that matter to you – improving legislative performance, uncovering the complexities of group decision making, breaking down barriers to fair trade, and appreciating our rights and freedoms. And by making a tax-deductible donation to the Sunwater Institute, you become an insider to our ground-breaking work and have open access to a growing community of people, resources, and ideas that are expanding the boundaries of human potential for future generations. Big ideas, long term —  Give today! 

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What your support can do?

In short, your support can unlock new opportunities, accelerate the pace of our work, and scale up our impact. Donations strengthen the Sunwater Institute’s mission and enable us to develop the highest quality, most innovative solutions across our core focus areas. Some examples include: producing podcast series and YouTube channel; research and publication of new essays, articles, and books; and expanding our open access encyclopedia on rights and liberties. 

Ways to Give

The Sunwater Institute values your commitment to advance our mission, build our organizational capacity, and deliver meaningful impact across a wide range of topics and focus areas.  We provide several options for your donation, so you have the flexibility to choose what works best for you.  Click on the links below to see how you can support the Sunwater Institute. 

Rebuilding the business models and infrastructure needed to bolster local journalism will take time and investment to achieve.  Nonprofits, like the Sunwater Institute, will continue to lead the way in this regard.  Our democracy is too important to go unreported.

If your organization is interested in supporting these efforts contact King Laughlin, to discuss ways to help. 

Long-term big-picture strategic thinking is at the heart of The Sunwater Institute’s values.  That’s why we welcome donors who share a future vision of a highly functioning society and understand the many steps over time it will take to achieve this goal.  These are our Mission Champions – loyal donors who every year go above and beyond to generously support Sunwater.  In recognition of this commitment, Sunwater offers a number of benefits, such as invitations to special events and scholarly forums, insider connections to experts, analysts, and researchers, and access to Sunwater’s growing library of publications, papers, and recorded conversations. 

For more information about becoming a Mission Champion, please contact King Laughlin at

Transferring your stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares to the Sunwater Institute allows you to make a gift and receive a charitable tax deduction equal to the full, fair-market value of the securities. This arrangement comes with an added benefit: you pay no capital gains tax on your gift, and neither does Sunwater Institute.

To arrange for a gift of securities, please contact King Laughlin, Director of Development, or 240-301-0820

There are creative ways to support the Sunwater Institute in addition to outright donations. These giving techniques are called “planned gifts” because with thoughtful preparation the impact of a planned gift can be as profound as an entire lifetime of giving.

For information on planned giving, please contact King Laughlin, Director of Development, or 240-301-0820

If you would like to make a donation from your traditional or Roth IRA to Sunwater Institute, please contact King Laughlin, Director of Development, or 240-301-0820

Tribute Giving is a thoughtful way to honor, remember, or celebrate someone who shares your passion for exploring the boundaries of interdisciplinary science and technology to answer society’s most fundamental questions about government, economics, and rights and liberties.  When you make a gift in someone’s name, the Sunwater Institute will inform the tribute recipient of your generosity using a suitable and attractive notification of your gift.

For more information about tribute gift, please contact King Laughlin at

Sunwater Institute is a qualified 501 (c)(3) charity recognized by AmazonSmile Program. By connecting your amazon account through AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your item’s cost will be donated to Sunwater Institute, with no extra fee to you. Please take a moment to visit and log in with your amazon account and select Sunwater Institute as your charity.

Contribute with Confidence 

The Sunwater Institute is committed to the highest levels of fiscal responsibility and transparency in keeping with its core values.  Generous donors like you can give with confidence to the Sunwater Institute with the knowledge that your donation will achieve its maximum mission and programmatic impact.  That’s why GuideStar, a leading charity and non-profit rating service, has awarded the Sunwater Institute the Platinum Seal of Approval as its highest level of recognition. Learn more

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