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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University needs your help to ensure that future generations understand King’s life and his significance in the global struggle for peace, justice, and reconciliation. Generous support from individuals, foundations, government funding sources, and Stanford University have sustained the King Papers Project and enabled the establishment and development of the King Institute.

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The Institute is now seeking to build an endowment in order to provide a permanent funding base and ensure the long-term continuation of its scholarly and educational work. The Institute also seeks support for its ongoing operational needs. At the option of the donor, gifts of $100,000 or more may be in the form of endowment gifts that offer long-term support for the Institute. Such gifts may be eligible for Stanford University matching funds.

All gifts are tax-deductible. We welcome gifts of any size.

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Giving Online

The Giving to Stanford website provides a secure way to contribute to the Institute using a credit card. Please click the Make A Gift button below to designate “MLK Research and Education Institute” as the recipient of your gift. We would appreciate your sending us an e-mail at when you make a gift online so we can track it through the system.

Giving by Mail

For contributions by mail, please make your check payable to the “King Institute at Stanford” and mail it to:

MLK Research and Education Institute
P.O. Box 20532
Stanford, CA 94309

Gift of Securities

The Institute accepts gifts of securities at the Giving to Stanford website. Designate “MLK Research and Education Institute” as the recipient of your gift and follow the instructions for securities transfers.

Memorial or Celebration Gifts: Planned Gifts

We welcome gifts intended to memorialize or celebrate a loved one or person who has made a difference in the donor’s life or in the world. We also accept planned gifts, such as bequests, gift annuities, and charitable remainder trusts, which can offer financial benefits and provide a way to leave a legacy of support to the Institute for its work in preserving the King legacy. For information about making a memorial, celebration, or planned gift, please contact us at