Join our network:

Support us

On Think Tanks has been around since mid 2010. Check out the first post published here: on independence. I realise now the meaning that the topic I chose for that first post had at the time and how it would guide the development of this initiative. Since then, all of On Think Tanks’ contributors and I have tried very hard to come up with and share the best ideas and advice for think tanks and their funders. And we have worked hard at it. We have:

  • Published over 800 posts,
  • Which were viewed well over 330,000 times in 2016,
  • by people across the world.

Growth has been rather stable since the beginning.

But growth has not been On Think Tanks’ main concern. Rather, we have tried to maintain the platform’s intellectual autonomy, never afraid to challenge the consensus, when it felt like it was necessary to do so, and eager to give a voice to think tanks themselves.

Together, too, we have developed some new initiatives that share the same objectives: improve policymaking and policy outcomes.

As you may imagine, it takes time and money to run On Think Tanks. Demand for new and better ideas from think tanks and funders is growing and we need to be able to meet it.

We feel that we have developed an identifiable value proposition,  in the sense that we have been able to make an important contribution to think tanks and their supporters.

But this is just our opinion.

If you agree you may want to help us keep up the good work and even get better at it. (If you don’t, that is OK, we won’t hold it against you;  promise.) Below, you can choose between an entirely voluntary subscription or a donation to On Think Tanks.

Just to be clear, we will never charge anyone to read our content. All we are looking for is a voluntary contribution to our effort. And by doing so we hope you will feel that this is also your portal to think tanks!

How to do it?

If you can make direct online payments (e.g. using a credit card or Paypal) then follow the links below:

Please (voluntarily) subscribe to On Think Tanks. The suggested subscription is GBP5.00 per month and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Or, if GBP5.00 a month is too much, or not enough, please send us a donation of any amount you think is appropriate.


If you cannot make a direct online payment (e.g. maybe you would like to support On Think Tanks through your organisation’s own funding mechanisms) or would like to find out how else you could contribute (e.g. by bank transfers) please get in touch by emailing us at: [email protected]

And if you have any questions, please get in touch.

Other ways to support us

If you don’t feel like it, don’t worry, you will still be able to enjoy On Think Tanks as usual. And there are, of course, other ways to support us: submit a post, share them with your colleagues, comment on articles, Facebook or Twitter, and spread the word. All of these are incredibly valuable and we thank you in advance.

Also, you may want to recommend us to your friends and peers; they may want or be able to make a voluntary contribution.

What will your money be used for?

Subscriptions and donations from the public will only be used for activities related to On Think Tanks. They will support further development of the platform as well as its growing family of services; for instance, the jobsboard and the events calendar.

You can also support individual initiatives, for instance, the On Think Tanks School.

Contributions will also help plan and commission in-depth series and explore new themes.

Most importantly, income from the voluntary subscriptions will help to achieve a better balance across several regions of the world.

Thanks for your ongoing support,

Enrique Mendizabal

Founder, On Think Tanks