Individual donors provide invaluable support to our mission, and CSIS offers numerous opportunities for individuals to engage in the Center’s work including through Membership Groups.

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 Fredrick Anyanwu at 202-775-3205 or For more information on CSIS membership groups, please contact Karen Wong at (202) 775-3196 or

Membership Groups

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Through Membership Groups, CSIS offers unique opportunities for individuals to participate in the work of the Center and maintain a direct connection to the Washington policy community.

The Center has three main types of membership groups: International Councillors,  Advisory Board, and Roundtables. Each level offers an opportunity for individuals to engage with the Center’s experts and contribute to its mission. The membership groups meet regularly to discuss and analyze breaking issues in foreign policy that reflect the comprehensive research and analysis CSIS produces. Members may also participate in ongoing work through involvement in 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. Composed of select business CEOs drawn from different corners of the world, this small group meets 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. They serve as satellite locations for CSIS to expand influence and offer the opportunity for members outside of Washington to engage with the Center’s work. Roundtables meet several times per year and are currently located in Washington, DC; Dallas, TX; San Francisco, CA; and New York, NY. 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. 

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.