Funding and supporting think tanks

The effect that funders and other supporters of think tanks have on them should not be underestimated. Often, schemes to support think tanks turn out to be damaging to them and their objectives. On Think Tanks dedicates considerable efforts to study the role of funders and supporters in shaping think tanks and their contribution to policy and public life.

Of particular interest for On Think Tanks is the role of domestic funders, transparency, and the long term development of individual skills, organisational competence, and the institutions that will maximise the contribution of research to policy.

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What kind of donor is your donor?

By Enrique Mendizabal

Think tanks have to fundraise. Think tank directors and even individual researchers must spend significant portions of their time fundraising. This is true everywhere -even in developed...

August 28, 2018

Free introductory webinars

  Join On Think Tank expert trainers for a free introductory webinar series. Each webinar covers a key aspect of a policy research centre’s work, from how to maximise the impact of its research, to the...

July 23, 2018

Webinar: Crowdfunding for think tanks


FUSADES, a think tank based in El Salvador, has been exploring crowdfunding as an approach to raise new resources for their work. They have partnered with  HIPGive, the first and only bilingual crowdfunding...

June 26, 2018

Is it all about credibility?

By Enrique Mendizabal

Over the years, the OTT team has become very familiar with the many dilemmas that think tanks face. I remember a lengthy conversation  about independence with research institutes in...

March 14, 2018