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“I support (WRI) because I believe that global climate change is the single largest threat to our children’s future, and that research into effective mitigation and technological improvements is the most realistic way to address this threat.” – Elizabeth G.
“WRI’s international focus and innovative projects inspire hope for real and effective environmental change that still allows nations to make progress for their citizens.” – Jessica L.

Why You Should Support WRI

Today’s environmental challenges are complex and global in nature. They call for visionary and ambitious action grounded in sound science and objective analysis—the kind of action that has distinguished WRI’s record of effectiveness for over 30 years.

WRI develops solutions to sustain the world's natural resources—the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being.

Your gift to WRI will support this work.

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WRI has earned top ratings from GuideStar, Charity Navigator, CharityWatch, the Better Business Bureau and Philanthropedia.

In 2014, a Transparify report awarded WRI the highest rating - five stars - for financial transparency. In this blog post, our CFO explained why WRI values transparency—in our financials as well as our work. We value each dollar invested in WRI and hold ourselves accountable for delivering results.

There are a variety of ways to get involved:

The Annual Fund

Gifts from individuals and family foundations provide a pool of critical unrestricted funds that support WRI’s daily operations. These unrestricted dollars support ongoing activities ranging from research and analysis to the outreach needed to put our products in the hands of decision makers around the world. The Annual Fund also provides support for new initiatives each year.

  • Become a partner in our work. Support WRI with a tax-deductible contribution.
  • Become a Sustaining Partner: Make a recurring gift to WRI, for however long you wish. Each January WRI will send a tax receipt confirming your total contributions made during the previous calendar year.
  • Matching Gifts: Many companies match gifts made by employees to non-profit organizations. Increase the impact of your gift by asking your employer to match your contributions to WRI. WRI’s Tax ID # is 52-1257057
  • Designate CFC #96456: If you are a federal government or military employee, a great way to support our work is by designating WRI (CFC #96456) during the Combined Federal Campaign.
  • Gift of Securities: Gifts of stock, bonds and mutual funds are a great way to support WRI. Learn more.
  • Make a Planned Gift: Include WRI in your will or trust.

WRI’s Global Advisory Council

As a member of the WRI Global Advisory Council you get special access to hard to get, accurate information about today’s complex global sustainability challenges, networking opportunities, and the chance to support innovative projects that are changing the world.

Courage to Lead Event Series

WRI launched Courage to Lead to recognize individuals who have been ambitious in their commitment to the health of our planet, society, and future generations. The event raises critical unrestricted funds, which enable WRI to respond quickly to emerging issues and new opportunities.

Gifts of Stock, Bonds and Mutual Funds (Effective November 17, 2016)

When you donate securities held longer than one year, you avoid paying capital gains taxes and receive a charitable deduction for the full market value of the stock. Additionally, gifts of appreciated assets are deductible up to 30% of your adjusted gross income, and any excess may be carried over for use in future tax years. Gifts of securities such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds may be made electronically by completing a Securities Transfer Form, or by instructing your broker to send the securities via Depository Trust Company (DTC) to:

Gifts of Stock and Bonds

Gifts of Mutual Funds

WRI’s Account:
Brokerage Firm: Goldman Sachs & Co.
Account Name: World Resources Institute
Account Number: 030472229
Financial Advisor: WRI Goldman Sachs Team
Telephone Number: 202.585.6711
DTC Number: 0005

Reference: Donor Name (Including your name will ensure the gift is properly acknowledged.)


WRI’s Account:
Brokerage Firm: SunTrust Investment Services
Account Name: World Resources Institute
Account Number: DFL218901
Financial Advisor: Tom Parker
Telephone Number: 404.825.2696
DTC Number: 0226

Reference: Donor Name (Including your name will ensure the gift is properly acknowledged.)



Heather Sullivan
Gift Administrator
Phone: (202) 729-7875
Fax: (202) 729-7610

Your Legacy: Making a Planned Gift to WRI

To leave a gift to WRI in your will or trust, please use the following language:

For a specific bequest:

I give and bequeath unto the World Resources Institute, tax ID# 52-1257057, the sum of $_____ to be used for general charitable purposes.

For a residuary bequest:

I give and bequeath ___% of my residuary estate to the World Resources Institute, tax ID# 52-1257057, to be used for its general charitable purposes.

For a designated or endowed bequest:

I give and bequeath unto the World Resources Institute, tax ID# 52-1257057, (the sum of $)/(% of my residuary estate) to be used by it for [state designation or purpose]. In the event the purpose for which this bequest has been designated or restricted can no longer be accomplished, I direct that it be used by the World Resources Institute for such similar charitable purposes as it shall determine.


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