Institute for Policy Studies

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The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) "strengthens social movements with independent research, visionary thinking, and links to the grassroots, scholars and elected officials. Since 1963, we have empowered people to build healthy and democratic societies in communities, the U.S., and the world...

"The Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards recognizes champions of human rights in the name of two IPS staffers who were killed in 1976 by agents of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet." [1]

Its website states, "In October 1963 - a month before the assassination of President Kennedy - Marcus G. Raskin (28) and Richard J. Barnet (33), former officials in the Kennedy administration, establish the Institute for Policy Studies."[2] "Reeling from the shock of the Cuban Missile crisis and wary of the looming disaster in Vietnam, they saw their country losing its way, increasingly unable to give human needs priority over an insatiable and permanent national security state. The nation’s capital needed an independent source of policy alternatives.

"As Washington’s first progressive multi-issue "think tank," IPS has served as a policy and research resource for visionary social justice movements for four decades: from the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 1960’s to the peace and global justice movements of the last decade." [3]

Their "sister" organization is the Transnational Institute.

Income (2004) [4]

  • Foundations - $1,237,844.88
  • Major Donors and Family Foundations - $488,977.01
  • Membership Donations $28,631.09
  • Special Events/Publications - $132,950.11
  • Payment for Services - $122,987.88
  • Foundation Grants Received in 2004, awarded in 2003 - $561,999.97
  • TOTAL INCOME $2,573,390.94



Accessed August 2007: [5]

Trustees (2009)

Accessed September 2009: [6]

Directors (2007)


IPS Senior Scholars 2002

Accessed August 2007: [7]


"Note: we are updating this list. Please let us know if your foundation should be listed here, and thanks for your patience. [8]

Contact details

1112 16th Street NW
Suite 600
Washington DC 20036
Phone: 202-234-9382
Email: info AT


Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. About, Institute for Policy Studies, accessed January 4, 2008.
  2. 1963, Transnational Institute, accessed January 4, 2008.
  3. About page, Institute for Policy Studies, accessed March, 2008.
  4. Annual Report 2004, Institute for Policy Studies, accessed January 4, 2008.
  5. Staff Directory, Institute for Policy Studies, accessed August 19, 2007.
  6. Trustees, Institute for Policy Studies, accessed September 4, 2009.
  7. Senior Scholars, Institute for Policy Studies, accessed August 19, 2007.
  8. About, Institute for Policy Studies, accessed January 4, 2008.