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Join the Founders Circle


fcIn 2015, Croatan Institute launched an ambitious five-year founding campaign. We invite donors and organizations seeking to play a highly engaged role in the early stages of our work to join the Institute’s Founders Circle.

By pledging to support Croatan Institute with major gifts through 2019, Founders Circle members will seed the Institute with unrestricted anchor funding during this critical phase of our growth, helping us to maintain our independence, deepen our impact, and achieve our vision.


  • To foster finance and investment as instruments for promoting people, places, and the planet.
  • To support communities and civil society partners on the ground who are building just, resilient, and prosperous economic systems.
  • To advance new approaches to economic development and new strategies for sustainable investment.
  • To hold corporations and institutions accountable for their social and environmental impact, and to provide them with alternative models rooted in sustainability and social equity.
  • To provide an outside-the-beltway counterpoint to traditional think tanks in a rapidly changing marketplace of ideas.


With your generous support, Croatan Institute will accelerate our pursuit of numerous key objectives:FoundersCircleLevels
  • Amplify the impact of our work by becoming a leading resource for independent insights into today’s most complex challenges at the nexus of sustainability, finance, and economic development.
  • Enrich our work by engaging with wider audiences and forging new partnerships, particularly with resource-constrained communities and organizations.
  • Foster a new generation of thought leaders working on the frontiers of finance, social equity, and ecological sustainability.
  • Incubate actionable ideas for addressing critical social and environmental problems through creative forms of capital deployment and impact investment.
  • Develop a series of intimate symposia for probing critical issues and generating solutions for today’s most pressing social and environmental problems.



Founders Circle donors pledge to support the Institute with major gifts to be fulfilled by the end of 2019. In recognition of their generosity, Founders Circle supporters receive numerous opportunities to engage more deeply in the life of the Institute during the period of this campaign.

Stalwarts Circle

$5,000 or more
over five years
Stalwarts Circle

Permanent website listing

Discounts and early access to Croatan Institute events, seminars, publications, and datasets

Supporters Circle

$10,000 or more
over five years
Supporters Circle

All benefits of the
Stalwarts Circle

Exclusive briefings with Croatan Institute experts

Sustainers Circle

$25,000 or more
over five years
Sustainers Circle

All benefits of the Supporters Circle

Annual site visits to engage directly with partners on the ground

Stewards Circle

$50,000 or more
over five years
Stewards Circle

All benefits of the Sustainers Circle

Annual farm-to-fork experience with Institute leaders to strategize over future priorities

The Institute also accepts Named Endowment Gifts of $100,000 or more, for donors seeking to leave a separate, permanent legacy of support to the Institute. Named endowment gift providers are accorded the full benefits of every level of the Founders Circle. Please contact us directly for additional information.


  • sustainersArchimedes' Point
  • sustainersChristi and Igor Veytskin
  • supportersMatthew Patsky
  • stalwartsBig Path Capital
  • stalwartsRichard S. Bookbinder
  • stalwartsBreckinridge Capital Advisors
  • stalwartsClean Land LLC
  • stalwartsJason Cooke
  • stalwartsErickson Advisors
  • stalwartsEssex Investment Management Company LLC
  • stalwartsDolly H. Gray-Bussard
  • stalwartsPraxis Mutual Funds
  • stalwartsDavid and Jocelyn Sand
  • stalwartsTrillium Asset Management
  • stalwartsLexie Wolf
  • stalwartsMary Ellen and John Zellerbach

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We are able to accept contributions in multiple forms, including appreciated stock, bequests, and other gifts of property. Please contact us to discuss these options in greater depth.

For more information about the Founders Circle, please contact the Institute’s president Josh Humphreys: (919) 794-7440 x102 or josh@croataninstitute.org.

Contributions by mail should be made payable to “Croatan Institute”:

Croatan Institute
Post Office Box 2044
Durham, NC 27702

Croatan Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permissible by law.  

North Carolina Charitable Solicitation License Number SL008503. Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.