Supporting the Institute for Humane Studies

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If our country is to enjoy enduring freedom and prosperity, it is critically important that today’s college students—tomorrow’s opinion leaders—understand the benefits of a free enterprise system and its foundation in the values of individual liberty and responsibility. The Institute for Humane Studies is meeting this challenge by teaching students about the principles and practice of freedom and cultivating a new generation of professors, journalists, and policy experts who have the potential to advance liberty in their careers.

While affiliated with George Mason University, IHS depends exclusively on the generosity of individuals and private foundations. Donations support the work of IHS by enabling the Institute to offer its integrated suite of programs to thousands of students every year:

  • IHS seminars teach leaders of tomorrow about the ideas of liberty. Since 1980, IHS has been hosting summer seminars on campuses around the country to teach college students and recent graduates about the principles of a free society.  The intensive weeklong seminars are taught by outstanding scholars from the IHS faculty network. The perspectives they present are new to many of the students, who are encouraged to ask tough questions as they explore the ideas of liberty.
  • Fellowships and scholarships help freedom-friendly students succeed.  Financial assistance helps top students clear a major hurdle in their pursuit of an influential career: the financial cost of obtaining an advanced degree that will position them to advance the ideas of liberty as professors, policy experts, and journalists.  Financial assistance, combined with personalized mentoring and connections to the IHS network, ensure that the ideas of liberty will be carried forward for decades to come. 
  • IHS-sponsored internships in public policy and journalism help students build skills for influential careers.  IHS is cultivating a growing supply of freedom-friendly talent for public policy, journalism, and popular culture by offering programs for aspiring “communicators”—including internships that enable freedom-friendly students to gain invaluable career experiences and key contacts

There are many ways to support IHS:

IHS is eligible for most corporate matching gift programs.   Please contact Leigh McAfee for more information, or with any questions about supporting IHS:  

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Arlington, Virginia 22201


If you have made an error in making your donation or change your mind about contributing to the Institute for Humane Studies, we will honor your request for a refund within 30 days of your donation.  To request a refund, please call Dan Butler at 703-993-4945.  Refunds are returned using the original method of payment.

The Institute for Humane Studies is affiliated with George Mason University as an independent, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) educational organization. IHS raises its own funds from individuals, businesses, and foundations.