Individual Giving

Global Advisory Council

The Wilson Center Global Advisory Council (GAC) functions as a brain trust for the presidentially appointed Board of Trustees, and a support system for the Center’s groundbreaking initiatives; members of the Council are invited to become more involved in the Center to make it a truly global institution.

For further information, please contact Nora Bodner via email at, or via telephone (202) 691-4162.

Wilson National Cabinet

Founded by the Wilson Center's President, Director and CEO Jane Harman, former Board Chairman Tom Nides, and its Board of Trustees, the Wilson National Cabinet is the Center’s group of expert and supportive advisors.

Cabinet members provide expertise, counsel and resources to help build a Center ready to meet the evolving challenges of the 21st century. As the Center’s new “brain trust,” the Cabinet gives a greater degree of stability to one of the world's premier public policy institutions and enables it to plan with assurance and take advantage of extraordinary opportunities.

Wilson National Cabinet members participate in the highest level of engagement with the Wilson Center and receive benefits commensurate with their level of giving as well as invitations throughout the year to events at the Wilson Center and around the country. Recent prominent guests have included Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Honorable James Baker, Tom Brokaw, David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal, General Stanley McChrystal, Senator Susan Collins, Special National Security Advisor John Brennan, and former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brezinski.

Additionally, members-only programs give Center supporters insights into the day's top issues. At private meetings, donors interact with leading public officials, foreign dignitaries and Center analysts to discuss important world concerns, such as U.S. national security and terrorism, emerging powers, the Middle East peace process, and economic policies impacting the global economy.

For further information, please contact Nora Bodner via email at, or via telephone (202) 691-4162.

Wilson Council

The Wilson Council engages individuals who appreciate the Wilson Center's non-partisan focus on understanding the most pressing policy issues facing the world today. Through the Council's activities, members become engaged in the life of the institution, connecting with leaders from the worlds of policy, academia, and business, while learning the historical, cultural, political, and economic perspectives that influence decision-making at all levels.

Through their participation, counsel and annual contributions, Council members enable the Center to further the dialogue of democracy.

For membership information, please contact Nora Bodner via email at, or via telephone (202) 691-4162.

Planned Giving

The Wilson Legacy Society recognizes those supporters who have chosen to provide for the Wilson Center through their estates. Bequests and other planned gifts go toward the Wilson Center's endowment, which helps us reach our key goals, plan for the future with assurance, take advantage of extraordinary opportunities, and weather economic and global uncertainties.

For more information about making a bequest, a charitable trust, or naming the Wilson Center as the beneficiary of your IRA or life insurance plan, contact Christian Chamars via email at, or via telephone at (202) 691-4381.



Wilson Center Corporate Council

The Wilson Center Corporate Council delivers value to business executives by leveraging the Wilson Center’s immense intellectual capital and renowned reputation for convening leading policymakers. The Corporate Council provides numerous benefits to corporate partners to foster a mutually-constructive relationship, particularly one that ensures private-sector perspectives are represented in public policy debates.

For membership information please contact Chris Belisle, Director of Corporate Relations, via email or via telephone at (202) 691-4150.



The support of foundation partners has been essential to the Wilson Center’s success and ability to offer innovative new programs and initiatives. Since our creation, foundation support has enabled the Center to offer one of the world’s foremost multidisciplinary programs of international affairs scholarship and policy analysis.

In the past year, foundation grants have made possible:
• The release of hundreds of Chinese documents from the height of the Cold War, leading to new understanding of China's relations with America, the USSR, and other major powers
• Award-winning innovative multimedia storytelling and filmmaking about conflicts between energy development and water in India
• Pakistani scholarship and public events on women’s rights spotlighting the potential of women in national policy
• Convening of a network of African think tanks on peace and security on the Continent
• Programming on Arctic security and risk of conflict in the era of global warming

This is only a small sample of the critical, policy-relevant programming and scholarship enabled through private foundation support. Foundations interested in supporting activities at the Wilson Center should contact Christian Chamars via email at, or via telephone at 202-691-4381.


The Woodrow Wilson Awards

In every nation there are great men and women who have, by the strength of their character and their own accomplishments, become ingrained in the citizenry’s consciousness. They are thinkers, doers, and risk-takers who have overcome adversity, found success, and stood up for the common good. We label them public servants and corporate citizens—in essence, they are leaders. Their legacies reflect the values of the United States' 28th President, Woodrow Wilson, a leader who believed that, "There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed."

Since 1998, the Wilson Center has recognized such exemplary individuals with the Woodrow Wilson Awards. At dinner ceremonies held from Toronto to Tokyo and San Francisco to São Paulo, the Wilson Center honors those who through thoughtful discussion, generous philanthropy, and selfless service have made the world a better place for all of us. 

The Woodrow Wilson Award for Global Corporate Citizenship

The Woodrow Wilson Award for Global Corporate Citizenship is bestowed upon executives who have and continue to play a significant role improving the lives of communities around the world. Reflecting Woodrow Wilson’s keen interest in international cooperation, recipients of this award understand the need for the business community to help communities connect to the global community.  These extraordinary individuals see the private sector as a mobilizer, supporting people to be strong and positive contributors to society.

The Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service

The Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service is given to individuals who have served with distinction in public life and have shown a special commitment to seeking out informed opinions and thoughtful views. Recipients of this award share Woodrow Wilson’s steadfast belief in public discourse, scholarship, and the extension of the benefits of knowledge in the United States and around the world. They have poured their time, talents, and resources into improving the lives and futures of others and in so doing have inspired us all. Honorees include policymakers, philanthropists, scientists, civic and religious leaders, and celebrities who have excelled in their fields while leaving a deep, positive impact on their communities and the world at large.

The Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship

The Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship is given to those executives who, by their examples and their business practices, have shown a deep concern for the common good beyond the bottom line. These corporate leaders have inherited Woodrow Wilson's commitment to scholarship, public discourse, and the promotion of knowledge both at home and abroad. They work tirelessly in the service of their belief that private firms should be good citizens in their own neighborhoods and in the world at large. They understand that good citizenship can come in many forms, such as promoting renewed growth and vigor in economically disadvantaged towns and neighborhoods, supporting the arts, encouraging ties between different sectors of society, promoting international cooperation and understanding, and improving education at all levels. Recipients of this prestigious award recognize the unique, enlightened role they can play in improving society in general, while at the same time advancing the long-term interests of their firms, employees, and shareholders.