Help us foster healthy human connections

Building on Mind & Life’s 34-year history, we engage researchers, contemplatives, and changemakers around big questions. How can the potential of our minds be understood and leveraged to bring humanity together? Through grantmaking and convenings we foster insights, then share this knowledge to inspire action—to bridge divides, improve mental health, nurture pro-social qualities, deepen human-earth connection and more.

Your donation enables us to provide the vital resources and opportunities—that aren’t available elsewhere—to foster rigorous research and to educate, support, and inspire the most innovative thinkers and doers in the field.

Join us in revealing new paths toward wellbeing for all. Each gift contributes to powerful work toward individual, societal, and planetary flourishing.

Recurring gifts ensure the Mind & Life Institute’s continued financial health and sustainability  and help supporters budget their contributions by giving on regular intervals. Please consider making a recurring gift for your partnership to have the most impact. 

In addition to online giving, you can support Mind & Life in the following ways:

Mail a Check:

Mind & Life Institute 
977 Seminole Trail, PMB 363
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Attention: Advancement

Wire Transfer or Stock Transfer:

Mind & Life Institute accepts large gifts by wire or by stock transfer. Please contact for wire/stock transfer instructions.

$100,000 and up: Vision Partner
$50,000 — $99,999: Patron
$25,000 – $49,999: Benefactor
$10,000 – $24,999- Changemaker
$1,000 – $9,999: Advocate

Become a Sustaining Donor

By pledging three years of support, sustaining donors ensure Mind & Life’s continued financial health and sustainability. Please consider making a three-year commitment so your contribution at any giving level has the greatest impact.

Planned Giving

Making a planned gift to Mind & Life through a charitable bequest in your will or living trust is an outstanding way to combine your desire to support our mission and your overall financial, tax, and estate planning goals. For more information about making a planned gift please contact us at (434)338-7380 or at

Support the Kerr Award

Learn about and support the Catherine Kerr Award for Courageous and Compassionate Science.

The Mind & Life Institute operates as a nonprofit organization thanks to the charitable contributions of individuals, foundations and sponsors. Charitable contributions are the source of more than 90% of Mind & Life’s budget. As careful stewards of the funds entrusted to the institute, Mind & Life undergoes a third-party audit every year and complies with all regulations governing non-profits in the United States. The Mind & Life Institute is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code, EIN #77-0284767.