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As a non-profit organization, the Institute relies on the generosity of its supporters to fund current and future research, programs, conferences and projects.

Beginning in 2014, the Institute launched its first campaign, a multi-year effort to secure additional support from individual donors, foundations and corporations.

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“The Institute is a wonderful venture. I love the way it welcomes honest dialogue among people of all faiths and the unusual way it works to deepen and strengthen the Catholic tradition. I believe that the goals of the Institute, though ambitious, are absolutely attainable. That is why I support it.” Julie Mork, Institute donor and member of the Institute’s Board of Trustees.

The Endowment Principle

“Institutes for advanced study, like those in Princeton and Palo Alto, are expensive organizations, but they’re worth it because they support the work of gifted scholars for an intensive period of time,” explains Fr.James Heft, the Institute’s founder and current president.

“Endowments are energy cells: renewable and reliable,” he says. “They provide both direction and autonomy for vital operations into the future. With an adequate endowment, the impressive research already published by the Institute will multiply exponentially.”

In addition to seeking support for its many important programs and projects, the Institute aspires to create a fully staffed research center comprised of office space, community space and a chapel that can accommodate up to 20 active scholars over the course of their research and establish a community of collaboration and inspiration.

“History has shown that, when scholars work closely with other scholars, they create a synergism that fuels the greatest advances in research and writing,” Fr. Heft continues. “Once a sufficient endowment is assured to attract the full attention of top scholars, we will be able to create a center to enable just that kind of collaboration.”