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CSPI is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and depends on your tax-deductible contributions to fund our work. Give as generously as you can today!


Ways to Support CSPI

Donate Online

Click here to make a quick and easy, tax-deductible contribution to improved nutrition and food safety for your family, friends, and generations to come. Or call us at: 1-(866) 293-CSPI (2774).

Honor and Memorial Gifts

When you honor a friend or loved one with a donation to CSPI, you help to create a legacy of health.  CSPI will send a note to the person you would like to honor — or to their family, if the donation is a memorial.  We will acknowledge that your thoughtful gift will be put to advancing nutrition and food safety.  To arrange of gift of this kind, please contact Jordan Agnew: or 202-777-8372.

Dr. Sushma Palmer created the Mark & Sushma Palmer Public Health Advocacy Fellowship to promote nutrition, public health, and citizen advocacy and to honor their legacy of supporting the translation of science into public health policy and practice. Read more.


CSPI’s expert team of scientists, attorneys, advocates has trained a generation of high-achieving emerging professionals who have gone on to be effective advocates in the food movement.  Consider naming a fellowship to enable CSPI to cultivate the nation’s next food watchdogs, science-defenders, and nutrition and food-safety leaders.  To discuss, please contact Jane Welna: or 202-777-8388

Workplace Matching Gifts

You may be able to double or even triple the impact of your donation by making a gift to CSPI through your workplace.  Check with your employer to determine if they offer such a program.  It's an easy way to maximize your support.  Email with questions regarding matching gifts.

Monthly Giving

As a special service to our loyal supporters, we offer automatic monthly giving services. To join our monthly giving program, please email or call Jordan Agnew: or 202.777.8372

Gifts of U.S. Stock and U.S. Mutual Funds

Attractive U.S. tax incentives come with donations of stock, bonds, mutual funds, and other securities held for more than a year to CSPI. When you gift stock you can avoid capital gains tax and receive income tax deductions equal to the monetary value of your gift. Please note that it is CSPI's policy to sell all donations of stock upon receipt in order to avoid any conflict of interest with CSPI's work.

To make a gift of stock to CSPI, please send it to:

Merrill Lynch Private Client 
Account Number: 86Q-04032
CSPI Taxpayer No: 23-7122879
11951 Freedom Drive Suite 1750
Reston, VA 20190
Attn: Serena Dupuy
DTC: 8862
Tel: (703) 464 8819

If you have questions about making a stock gift, please email

We accept no corporate donations or government grants so CSPI depends on your tax-deductible gift. CSPI is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and depends on your tax-deductible contributions to fund our work. 

Gift Planning

You can help ensure a healthy future by designating a special gift in your estate plans for CSPI—a variety of options are listed below.  This type of support will have a profound effect on CSPI's future efforts to promote policies that ensure a safe, nutritious food supply.  

Our gift planning staff is available to discuss a variety of gift planning vehicles with you and illustrate the potential benefits to you and your loved ones.  These confidential discussions are at no cost and obligation free. For more information, or to set up a time to talk to us, please email, or phone Jane Welna: 202-777-8388​

CSPI Legacy Society – Benefactors for Nutrition Action

When you establish a planned gift to CSPI, we encourage you to please let us know.  We will be happy to add your name to our circle of “Benefactors for Nutrition Action” — a special group of individuals who have chosen to make a legacy gift to CSPI to ensure its future strength and viability.  However, remaining anonymous is always an option.

Benefits for Benefactors include:

  • A personal acknowledgement from President Michael Jacobson
  • A lifetime subscription to Nutrition Action Healthletter
  • Complimentary books, reports, and updates on CSPI issues that matter to you most
  • Invitations to attend CSPI special events.


Leaving a provision for CSPI in your will or living trust is a thoughtful, visionary way to extend your dedication to future generations.  You can leave an asset, set dollar amount or percentage of your estate.  This can help reduce or eliminate taxes which your estate may otherwise owe.

The following is basic sample wording to make a provision for CSPI in your will:

I give and bequeath to the Center for Science in the Public Interest,1220 L Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington DC, 20005 (Federal Tax I.D. #23-7122879) DOLLAR AMOUNT or % OF MY ESTATE to be used for its general purposes.

Gifts of Life Insurance or Retirement Plans

You can name CSPI as the beneficiary or contingent beneficiary of your life insurance policy or U.S. retirement plan — your 401(k), 403(b), IRA, Keough, etc.  Leaving that benefit to family member or a friend would result in a high tax liability that can be avoided by leaving it to CSPI.  Support CSPI’s bold initiatives in nutrition and health policy with your retirement plan — and leave your loved ones other estate assets that are not taxed as highly.

Life-Payment Gifts

Charitable Gift Annuities – US only

Establishing a CSPI Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) is a great way to maximize your retirement income and your charitable giving to CSPI's nutrition and health goals.  A gift annuity is a contract between the donor and CSPI specifying that, in exchange for a donation of $10,000 or more, CSPI agrees to pay the donor – or up to two beneficiaries named by the donor – a lifetime income.  Upon the death of the donor or the beneficiaries, the remaining principal transfers to CSPI to further its work.

Benefits of the plan include:

  • A charitable deduction;
  • Guaranteed, fixed income for life;
  • Potential relief from U.S. capital gains taxes on gifts of appreciated securities; and
  • Removal of the asset from U.S. estate tax liability.

CSPI determines its rates by those set by the American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA). The ACGA monitors and adjusts its rates monthly based on the rates of commercial annuities, and according to current and projected market conditions. The rate of payment is determined by the age of the annuitant(s) at the time of the gift. Below is the current schedule for single-life CGAs:






































































Beneficiaries age 60 or older can receive immediate income from a CSPI CGA.  Others may consider a Deferred-Payment CGA.

Deferred Gift Annuities

In the event that a deferred-payment CGA is preferable, you make the gift now, realize an immediate charitable deduction, but defer receiving income until a later time.  The deferral of income must be until at least age 60.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

A Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) is a way that a U.S. donor can provide income to him or herself and/or others while making a generous gift to CSPI.  The income may continue for the lifetimes of the beneficiaries, a fixed term of not more than 20 years, or a combination of the two.

To talk to a CSPI planned giving specialist, please email, or phone us at: (202) 777-8372

Gifts of U.S. Real Estate or Property

You can support CSPI through a gift of real estate.  Donating a property that you have owned for a minimum of one year entitles you to a tax deduction equal to the fair market value of that property and allows you to avoid paying capital gains tax on the appreciation.

If you would like to have the tax advantages of a gift but continue to live in your home, a retained life estate is another useful gift vehicle.  By donating a remainder interest in your property, you or a designated individual, can live in your house until death. Upon the death, the ownership of the property would transfer to CSPI.

To talk to a CSPI planned giving specialist, please email, or phone us at: (202) 777-8372.

Endowment for Better Health

If you would like to provide on-going support to CSPI, consider making a donation to CSPI's Endowment for Better Health. Funds given to the Endowment are invested permanently and the on-going proceeds from the investments are used to support CSPI's work year after year. In this way, you help ensure a solid base of support for CSPI's work in the coming years. (And donations of $10,000 or more may be permanently memorialized with the name of the donor or a person designated by the donor). Your foresight and thoughtfulness now can help accomplish the nutrition and health goals that CSPI is working to achieve.

CSPI does not provide legal or financial advice, and urges you to consult your own advisors for information specific to your situation and interests.