Support Our Work

“My experience with the Institute has deepened my recognition of the value of understanding where I live and what I should try to give back. That experience has started me on paths I wouldn’t have otherwise found. It has introduced me to people who have influenced my life in countless important ways… Please, keep up the extraordinary work that you are doing.”
—Dan Morrow, Symposium participant, Computer Programmer, Boise, ID

The Island Institute’s work is made possible in large measure through the generosity of individuals, local businesses, and public and private grantors. This support supplements program revenues and local fundraising events to fill out each year’s income.

Individuals and businesses contributing through memberships and corporate donations are linked to a community of authors, thinkers, activists, and concerned citizens who are engaged with ideas that might shape a better world. You, too, can become a part of this network. We’ll put your contribution to good work and provide you updates from time to time. Here are options for ways you can support the Island Institute and some of the benefits you’ll receive.

MembershipStock DonationsIn-Kind ContributionsVolunteering Alaska PFD


We suggest levels of membership, but welcome contributions of any amount. Annual members give once a year and renew on or close to the anniversary of their initial contribution. Partner members make donations once a month, spreading their membership over time and ensuring steady support for our work.

Annual Membership levels: Partner Member Levels:
$35 Basic Membership $10/mo. (minimum)
$50 Supporter $20/mo.
$100 Patron $25/mo.
$250 Benefactor $35/mo.
$500 Angel $50/mo.


You can become a member–

By Mail: Send a check made payable to “The Island Institute” to:

The Island Institute 304 Baranof St. Sitka, AK 99835

By phone: Call 907-747-3794 to make a contribution with your VISA or Mastercard.

Online: Make a secure online donation through our website, using Paypal’s services. You can do that on the right side of this page.


Gifts of Stock

Donations of stock can be made by contacting the Sitka branch of Edward Jones Investments.

223 Harbor Drive, Sitka, AK 99835 | 907-747-1001


In-Kind Contributions

We’re grateful for a range of in-kind contributions ranging from items and services for our annual Spring Auction to housing and air miles for our visiting guests to refreshments for our events. Please contact us if you have items or services you’d like to contribute. These contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.



If you are interested in volunteering at our events, please let us know.


Pick. Click. Give.

Alaskans have the unique opportunity to share their Permanent Fund Dividend with selected non-profits. To find out more about donating part of your dividend, visitPick.Click.Give. Nonprofit organizations across Alaska are part of this program. Use Pick.Click.Give. to contribute a little extra to a cause you already support or donate to one you discover on their website. To support the Island Institute, select us.


All members receive our journal Connotations, bringing the core ideas of our programs into your home. For donors of $250 or more, we offer an autographed book by one of the writers associated with the Island Institute. The current selection is Alaska Writer Laureate Peggy Shumaker’s memoir,Just Breath Normally. New Partner members receive a signed, limited-edition letterpress-printed keepsake of pre-eminent Alaska writer John Haines’ poem, “Star Photo.”

The Island Institute is a 501(c)3 organization; donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. We honor your privacy and do not share, trade or sell your personal information to other people or organizations.