Help us foster healthy human connections

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.

Building on Mind & Life’s 35-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.

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.

Securities Donations

Stocks, bonds and mutual funds can be donated to the Mind & Life Institute. The full current market value of the securities at the time of the donation can be written off as a tax deduction. Here are some of the potential benefits:

  • Avoid paying capital gains tax
  • Receive a charitable income tax deduction
  • Enjoy possible increased income
  • Further our mission today!

Please consult your financial advisor for assistance, and to learn about any potential limitations to tax deductions.

Planned Giving

One way to make a lasting gift is to include the Mind & Life Institute  in your will or trust, or to name the Mind & Life Institute as a beneficiary in your retirement or life insurance policy. 

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. 

Bequests are exempt from federal estate taxes. If you have a taxable estate, the estate tax charitable deduction may offset or eliminate estate taxes, resulting in a larger inheritance for your heirs. See sample bequest language here.

For more information about making a planned gift please contact us at (434)338-7380 or at


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