Individual donors provide invaluable support to our mission, and CSIS offers numerous opportunities for individuals to engage in the Center’s work.
Your annual support provides CSIS with resources that can be used towards timely initiatives or areas of pressing need and are vital to the Center’s success. Please consider making a donation to support the Center.

With over 40 programs and major initiatives, there are countless options for involvement at CSIS for individual supporters interested in a specific region or issue area. While engagement opportunities vary from program to program, individual program supporters are regularly invited to major briefings and events on topics of interest. Funds donated to programs are used to support research costs, program operations, briefings, or reports.

For more information about supporting a specific program or project at CSIS, please contact Kevin Sturtevant at 202-775-3246 or

Membership Groups

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) offers unique opportunities for individuals to participate in the work of the Center and maintain a direct connection to the Washington policy community through its membership groups.

The Center has three main types of membership groups: the International Councillors, the Advisory Board, and the Roundtables. Each group offers an opportunity for individuals to engage with the Center’s scholars and contribute to the Center’s mission in providing bi-partisan strategic insights and solutions to decision-makers. The membership groups meets regularly to discuss and analyze breaking issues in foreign policy that reflect the comprehensive research and analysis that CSIS produces. Members may also participate actively in the ongoing work of the Center whether it is through involvement in ongoing studies, review of programs, or by offering new ideas for future projects.

The International Councillors, chaired by Henry Kissinger, is the Center’s most prestigious group. This small group is composed of select business CEOs drawn from different corners of the world. The Councillors meet annually for an informal, off-the-record, and substantive dialogue about the most current and pressing issues of global concern.

The Advisory Board, cochaired by Carla Hills and John Hamre, is composed of the Center’s closest friends and advisers, including both public and private sector policymakers, U.S. and international business leaders, and former senior government officials. The Advisory Board meets twice a year in Washington to discuss breaking policy issues.

The Roundtables are strategically based throughout the country and act as satellite locations for CSIS to expand its outreach and influence and for its members to engage with the Center’s work from afar. These groups meet two to four times a year and are currently located in Washington, DC; Dallas, TX; San Francisco, CA; New York, NY; and Jackson Hole, WY. Each Roundtable meeting provides a forum for fresh and innovative dialogue between leaders around the country and CSIS’s experts about pressing issues in foreign policy. Roundtable members are able to access the policy insights stem from the Center’s key research priorities and products.

Although these three main groups are highlighted, CSIS welcomes contributions at all levels. Please note that membership with the Center begins with an annual contribution of $5,000.

For more information on CSIS membership, please contact:

Karen Wong
Senior Vice President for Membership Groups and Special Events, and Corporate Secretary
Tel: (202) 775-3196