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  1. FAQ

    19 June 2010

    Gifts and Donations FAQs

    What is the Transnational Institute?

    The Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable planet. For more than 40 years, TNI has served as a unique nexus between social movements, engaged scholars and policy makers.

    When was the Institute founded?

    The Transnational Institute was founded in 1974 as the international programme of the Washington DC-based Institute for Policy Studies.
    You can find an overview of the history of TNI here:

    What are the institutes research areas?

    The programmes we currently focus on are listed here

    Does the Institute publicise the names of its donors and contributors?

    TNI never shares or sells the names or contact information of its private donor lists with any other organisations or individuals. The finance section of the annual report has a list of the organisational funders from the year before.

    How can I donate?

    Our donation page provides several options tailored to your capabilities and wishes, such as a one-time donation, recurring donation, or fundraiser (for if you want to crowdfund for us, for instance via Whydonate or FB) etc.

    Via the payment form you can choose to make either a one-off donation or set up a recurring direct debit (Monthly or Yearly) . You can pay by PayPal, iDeal, credit card or Bitcoin.

    We currently use Mollie for processing these payments.

    You can also make payments via the Whydonate app available on Android and Iphone.

    If I have any questions and want to contact a person who can I talk to?

    If you need to double check anything or just need advice regarding a gift or donation please send an email to our community builder Jess Graham: If you would like her to phone you , you can state your availability and she will be happy to give you a call.

    Can I make a donation as a gift for someone?

    Yes, If you have given a donation and would like a letter of thanks in another persons name we will happily provide this for you. Email Jess Graham:

    How much of the donation goes to TNI?

    Our payment controller collects the payments safely. They do charge us for each transaction as per below.


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    €0.25 + 1.8%
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    €0.25 + 2.8%
    European consumer cards
    €0.25 + 1.8%
    Commercial & non-European cards
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    You can pay in USD, GBP, AUD and Euros and the amount will be converted to Euros to be sent to us.

    Is TNI an NGO?

    TNI has special NGO consultative status with UN Ecosoc since 1974, is registered as a non-profit foundation with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, and has charitable status in The Netherlands, USA and UK. TNI is also recognised as an independent, non-profit research centre in The Netherlands and at European Union level. It is an Associate Member of the International Social Science Council and the European Association of Development Institutes.

Where can I see the annual report?

    The latest available annual report is from 2016: The report for 2017 will be released soon.
    As an open and transparent organisationwe share all our goals and finances by making our annual report availabile for each year. Audited accounts can be found here:

    How is TNI supported?

    TNI is a non profit organisation which means that it relies completely on external grants and donations. Currently we get grants from funders to continue our work in specific areas. See:

    How will my donation support TNI?

    Our donors are crucial to our work. Your donation will help TNI continue to stand up for peace, justice and sustainability where it matters most.

    Your gift supports our activists, organisers, writers and office staff to continue making a difference. There are many ways to support us whether it be a donation, by sharing our reports or coming to one of our events.

    Donations from people like you help us continue to exist. The gifts and actions of our supporters give TNI greater financial security. They are also a great way to show support for our past work done and our vision for the future. We are committed to the long-term work of the movements.

    Can I contribute in other ways? What about in-kind donations?

    Perhaps you are more interested or able to donate your time and skills. All help is welcome! Please get in touch with our community builder Jess:

    Is it safe and secure to donate using the donation form?

    Mollie is our payment controller. Their privacy policy can be found here: It states: “We take security extremely seriously. Through rigorous security checks, safe data storage, employee screenings and compliance with every available regulation, we can ensure the safety, stability and reliability of our payment platform. More details can be found at this link

    TNI’s privacy policy. click here:

    Can I make a donation offline?

    Yes you can make direct transfers yourself by choosing the correct account number below.
    Direct Transfer
    (please mention 'donation')
    Name: Stichting Transnational Institute
Address: De Wittenstraat 25, 1052 AK Amsterdam

    Account number:

    IBAN number:
    NL66 ABNA 0490 2014 82


    Account number:

    IBAN number:
    NL18 ABNA 0433 0388 88


    Account number:

    IBAN number:
    NL66 ABNA 04524898 22


    Office Address Bank: ABNAmro, Gustav Mahlerlaan 10, 1082 PP Amsterdam Netherlands
    Mail Address Bank: ABNAmro, Postbus 90, 1000 AB Amsterdam Netherlands 

    Can I come and give a donation in person?

    Yes, you can make a card payment in the office. Please get in touch with our community builder Jess ( We have a card machine with iZettle for card payments and also accept cash gift payments.

    Does TNI have an ANBI status?

    Yes TNI is registered with the tax authorities as a public benefit institution (ANBI). See:

    Can I donate to TNI with any crypto currency?

    Through our payment controller Mollie we now can accept Bitcoin payments, but not any other cryptocurrency. These are securely transferred to us, just like any other payment method. We do not save the coins as TNI does not have a wallet, instead the payment processor pays the cash value at the time of donation into our account.

    Why is there a 5 euro/pound/USD minimum limit?

    There needs to be a minimumn amount set up in the building of the donation platform. The 5 euro minimum limit is to prevent unlawful card testing on our site.

    What happens with the personal data I enter to make a donation?

    We enforce a strict data protection policy and will never give nor sell any information regarding our donors to third parties. The payment information is used by the processor and is not saved by us. Your name and email address will be used to send an email of thanks to you for the donation.

  2. Shadow Sovereigns: how global corporations are seizing power

    12 November 2015 - Event

    Can Progressives slow the success of neo-liberalism? In recent years links between big business and government have become stronger and more far-reaching than ever, impeding the possibility for progress. Ahead of the Spanish elections and climate change negotiations, Susan George will draw on her new book about the power of big business and her decades of activism and writing to analyse the possibilities for progress.

  3. The end of the war on marijuana

    Roger A. Roffman, professor emeritus of social work at the University of Washington, a sponsor of I-502
    09 November 2012
    Other news

    The historic measure to regulate and tax marijuana in Washington State deserves to be looked at closely as a model of how legalization ought to be designed and implemented elsewhere in America. We've turned a significant corner with the approval of Initiative 502, which purposefully offers a true public health alternative to the criminal prohibition of pot. (See also: I-502 Fact Sheet from ACLU)

  4. Pot legal Dec. 6, 'jury is out on what happens' after that

    07 November 2012
    Other news

    Washington's grand social experiment with marijuana legalization begins Dec. 6 with a simple step: On that date, it is legal to have an ounce of the stuff, and there is little the federal government can do about it. But how the state takes the next big step — transforming the marijuana black market into a closed, regulated and taxed marketplace — is unclear. And the federal government didn't help clarify its potential response on Wednesday. (See also: I-502 Fact Sheet from ACLU )

  5. Time the EU scraps its failed carbon Emissions Trading System

    19 February 2013
    Press release

    TNI has joined over 90 organisations and movements in calling on the EU to scrap its failed Emissions Trading System (ETS) and implement urgent effective measures to reduce greenhouse gas emisions.

  6. Jennifer Franco


    Jennifer C. Franco is a research associate in the Agrarian and Environmental Justice as well as the 'Myanmar in Focus' Programmes of TNI, and an adjunct professor at the College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD) of the China Agricultural University in Beijing....

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    Ending the US War in Afghanistan

    • Phyllis Bennis, David Wildman
    03 November 2009

    In this compact, concise, jargon-free primer, the authors examine the U.S. war in Afghanistan and why it must be brought to an end.

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    The Gaza Crisis: December 2008

    Phyllis Bennis
    28 December 2008
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    The referendum scorecard 1935-1987

    09 June 2009
    In the media
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    How international rules on countering the financing of terrorism impact civil society

    • Ben Hayes
    08 May 2013
    Policy briefing

    Making banks and non-profits liable for the acts and social networks of their customers and beneficiaries while holding charities and CSOs responsible for the ‘extremist’ views and actions of their associates stifles freedom of association and expression and promotes self-censorship.

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    Fumigations: The debate

    01 December 2003
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    Articles on War on Iraq before 2007

    01 December 2001