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The International Crisis Group Council

Individual and corporate supporters play a key role in Crisis Group’s efforts to prevent conflict worldwide. Crisis Group has built an increasingly fruitful working relationship with the private sector through its Council. Depending on the level of support committed, members regularly attend Crisis Group Board meetings and private events with our extraordinarily distinguished Board of Trustees, participate in briefing sessions with high-level officials from the UN, EU institutions, NATO and national governments, and join roundtable discussions with our experts and senior staff. Member companies and individuals also regularly use our analysis and field-based research in their geopolitical risk assessments.

There are two categories of Council membership:

President’s Council

Membership is reserved for individuals and corporations contributing a minimum of US$100,000 per annum, with a preference for three year commitments.

International Advisory Council

Membership is reserved for corporations contributing a minimum of US$50,000 and individuals contributing a minimum of US$25,000 per annum, with a preference for three year commitments.

Additional Levels of Support

  • Crisis Group Patron – Gifts of US$10,000 or more per annum
  • Crisis Group Benefactor – Gifts of US$5,000 or more per annum
  • Friend of Crisis Group – Gifts up to US$5,000 per annum


President’s Council

Kofi Annan, Wesley Clark and Louise ArbourCrisis Group Board of Trustees meetings

Members are invited to attend the twice-yearly meetings of the Board.  Meetings take place in various world capitals and allow Council members the opportunity to engage with Trustees, participate in policy debates and meet with national leaders in each capital.

Private Policy Briefings

Members are invited to participate in private policy briefings by Crisis Group experts in Brussels, New York, Washington, London, Moscow and Beijing and have increased access to senior analysts in field offices and senior staff.

Private Leadership Roundtables

Traditionally held as small private dinners in key capitals, members are invited to attend high-level policy discussions with Crisis Group leadership, including its President, Louise Arbour, and Board Chair, Thomas Pickering.

Global Briefing

Members are entitled to a complimentary seat at the Crisis Group Global Briefing, a two-day event held annually in Brussels and bringing together Crisis Group's senior experts and high-level representatives from governments, multilaterals, corporations, NGOs, media, think tanks and universities.

Annual President’s Council Dinner

Traditionally hosted by Board member George Soros at his residence in New York, members are invited to a private annual dinner of the President’s Council.

Tailored Field Trips

Members are entitled to request that a trip be arranged to visit one of our almost 20 field offices and to meet policy makers, government officials, political, business and community leaders, journalists and other local experts.

Other benefits

Members receive special recognition in the Crisis Group Annual Report and on the website as well as all benefits of membership in the International Advisory Council.


International Advisory Council

Crisis Group Board of Trustees meetings

Members are invited to attend one of the twice-yearly meetings of the Board.  Meetings take place in various world capitals and allow Council members the opportunity to engage with Trustees, participate in policy debates and meet with national leaders in each capital.

Private Policy Briefings

Members are invited to participate in private policy briefings by Crisis Group experts in Brussels, New York, Washington, London, Moscow and Beijing and have limited access to senior analysts in field offices.

CrisisCalls

These telephonic briefings with Crisis Group analysts and senior staff keep members updated on emerging crises and issues of pressing international concern. Previous calls have offered insights into the early days of the Arab Spring, post-election violence in Côte d’Ivoire and unfolding developments in Myanmar.

Global Briefing

Members receive a priority invitation to the Crisis Group Global Briefing, a two-day event held annually in Brussels and bringing together Crisis Group’s senior experts and high-level representatives from governments, multilaterals, corporations, NGOs, media, think tanks and universities.

In Pursuit of Peace Award event

Traditionally hosted in New York, members are given priority invitations to the Award event, as well as priority consideration for sponsorship.

Advocacy events

Members are invited to attend roundtable discussions featuring Crisis Group analysts and Board members and other internationally recognized experts in foreign policy and conflict situations covered by Crisis Group.

Field Trips

Members are invited to participate in trips to the field organized by Crisis Group. Trips will include meeting with policy makers, government officials, political, business and community leaders, journalists and other local experts.

Other benefits

Members are entitled to receive all Crisis Group publications as well as recognition in the Crisis Group Annual Report and on the website.


Additional Levels of Support

Crisis Group Patron ($10,000 - $25,000 annually)

  • Priority invitations to public policy briefings and outreach events by Crisis Group staff and Board members
  • Entitlement to all Crisis Group’s reports, briefing papers and our monthly bulletin CrisisWatch in hard copy
  • Appropriate recognition in the Crisis Group Annual Report and on the website 

Crisis Group Benefactor ($5,000 - $10,000 annually)

  • Invitations to public policy briefings and outreach events by Crisis Group staff and Board members
  • E-mail notification of reports, briefing papers, our monthly bulletin CrisisWatch and press releases
  • Appropriate recognition in the Crisis Group Annual Report and on the website 

Friend of Crisis Group (up to $5,000 annually)

  • Invitations to Crisis Group outreach events
  • E-mail notification of reports, briefing papers, our monthly bulletin CrisisWatch and press releases
  • Appropriate recognition in the Crisis Group Annual Report and on the website for all donations above $1,000


If you would like further information about the membership benefits described above, or would like to discuss making a donation, please contact Courtney Lobel (Director, Private Sector Initiatives) in our New York office on +1-212-813-0820.

The International Crisis Group is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organisation, and all contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by U.S. law. Outside the U.S., please contact our private sector development staff regarding tax-exempt status.