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Urban Institute National Council

“The Urban Institute was founded to…bridge the gulf between the lonely scholar in search of truth and the decision-maker in search of progress.”   President Lyndon Johnson, April 26, 1968

Members of the Urban Institute’s National Council believe that rigorous, independent research strengthens policy.  By making annual, unrestricted gifts of $10,000 or more, they become partners in providing timely, hard-hitting analysis to inform social and economic policy that can improve people’s lives.  They understand that the dearth of institutions committed to being above party, special interest, and ideology seriously threatens our American democracy and that the success of such disinterested institutions depends on the support of individuals who believe in their value.  They believe.

Drawing on four decades of data and experience, the Institute excels at defining policy issues, offering solutions, and assessing their impact on American lives, communities, and institutions.  Contributions by members of the National Council help the Institute realize this unique capacity and continue to sharpen thinking about society’s problems and efforts to solve them, improve government decisions and their implementation, and increase citizens’ awareness of important public choices. 

In return for their generous support, members of the National Council are invited four to six times a year in Washington, DC and NYC to convenings with experts discussing the key policy issues of our day, including jobs and the economy, fiscal sustainability (federal, state & local), healthcare costs and reform implementation, infrastructure, and immigration. 

Please consider an investment in the Urban Institute and its pursuit of the issues and ideas that will help shape the policy debates of today—and tomorrow.

For more information on National Council events and membership, please contact Dustin Dove at 202-261-5403 or ddove@urban.org

The Urban Institute accepts general-support contributions to increase its capacity to invest in breaking issues and to further communicate the results of its research findings. You can either donate online or mail a check.

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If sending a check, please make it payable to: The Urban Institute (Tax ID: 52-0880375) and send it to:

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The Urban Institute
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Washington, DC 20037

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