Support the Work of the Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute mission is to promote enlightened leadership through informed dialogue by seeking common ground at home and around the world.

The support of our donors is critical to sustaining our work. We thank you for your contribution and participation and invite you to join us at our year-round roundtable discussions, book talks, festivals, seminars, forums, symposia, and special event dinners. We welcome you to learn more about our many programs including the Scholars & Scholarships Campaign, the most ambitious and far-reaching program in the Aspen Institute's history.

All donors to the Aspen Institute will receive a subscription to our magazine, The Aspen Idea, advance notice of events, and recognition in the Institute's Annual Report. Additional benefits are available based on donor type and level.

Scholars & Scholarships Campaign

For more than 60 years, the Aspen Institute has inspired and empowered leaders to apply timeless values to finding real solutions. Our scholars, fellows, and friends have gone on to shape their companies, communities, and countries, driven by a commitment to open-minded dialogue. And yet, the growing complexity and scale of challenges around the world requires us to do more — to engage more people, more deeply. From education to poverty to climate change, the need for conscientious and collaborative leaders with a global perspective has never been greater.


Other Ways to Give

Society of Fellows
Our largest donor group, the Society of Fellows (SOF) is made up of Institute supporters who play a key role in sustaining our mission, expanding our programs, and ensuring our future. Society of Fellows enjoy a wide range of benefits which include custom symposium and advance notice for tickets to the Institute's public forums and festivals.

Aspen Wye Fellows
The Aspen Wye Fellows are Chesapeake Bay area residents who share the Aspen Institute's interest in global dialogue and who play a key role in sustaining the Institute's mission, expanding its programs, and ensuring its future.

Planned Giving: The Heritage Society
The Heritage Society recognizes donors who make gifts in a way that is most advantageous tax-wise to the donor and their families while still furthering the mission of the Institute. Some examples are gifts of cash, securities, property, life insurance policies, and estate gifts.

Annual Fund
The Annual Fund is an unrestricted fund in support of various programs at the Institute. A gift to the Annual Fund supports the Aspen Institute most broadly.

Annual Benefit Dinners
The Institute hosts three annual special events - the Summer Celebration and the Socrates Benefit in Aspen each August, as well as the Annual Awards Dinner in New York City each November. There are a range of opportunities for individuals, foundations, and companies to support these three events.

Aspen Community Programs
Donations to Aspen Community Programs make it possible to realize the Institute's mission of fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue within Aspen and the broader Roaring Fork Valley community.

Capital Projects: The Paepcke Building Renovation
In June 2010, the Institute completed a much needed renovation of the Walter Paepcke Memorial Building. This building-the namesake of the Institute's founder-houses the Paepcke Auditorium, which is used by both the Aspen community and the Institute throughout the year. There are seats in the auditorium that can be "named" for a donation to the renovation.