What They're Saying

What FDD puts out [in] the national and international conversation, … you really are  … a repository of knowledge on so many critical issues.”
Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL)
"Thank you to FDD…for the many, many years of great work that you’ve done. I've known the organization and relied on its expertise long before this conversation today."
Jessica Lewis
Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State
"I will tell you that FDD has been such a partner. Whether it is dealing with the Iran deal and the flaws that were in it, all the way to human shields and all the things that we need to do to combat it, you've been a partner in a time where we need partners.  And so I appreciate that very much."
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Amb. Nikki R. Haley
Former US Ambassador to the United Nations
“You thanked me for meeting with the FDD officials to inform them. You got that part wrong. I meet with FDD officials to get informed.”
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Amb. Ron Dermer
Israel's former Ambassador to the U.S.
“I love FDD. … I want to thank FDD for the work it's done over the years on so many critical issues. ... We have drawn heavily on the scholarship and analysis of FDD. … We need organizations like FDD to continue their scholarship on the threats that we face.”
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LTG (Ret.) H.R. McMaster
Former National Security Advisor
"We rely on a lot of the analysis that FDD does. It's enormously effective at what it does, deeply substantive, passionate about its work, all the sorts of things that you would want in a think tank."
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Brian Hook
Special Representative for Iran, U.S. Department of State
“I have long admired the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. I have long felt it’s very important the issues that are raised here, and I have long felt that when we talk about foreign policy, it has to be done on a bipartisan basis and we have to work very closely together across the aisle.”
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Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)
Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee
"As FDD knows and has exposed very well, Iranian commercial airlines play a critical role in ferrying Qods Force operatives, weapons, equipment, and funds to international locations in furtherance of Iranian state-sponsored terror operations."
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Sigal Mandelker
Undersecretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence
"A record low for the reach of petrodollars: CIA & FDD fake news w/ selective AlQaeda docs re: Iran can't whitewash role of US allies in 9/11"
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Javad Zarif
Iran's Foreign Minister
“FDD is the special forces of the think tank community”
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Bret Stephens
New York Times columnist
“The Foundation is making a difference across the world.”
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George W. Bush
Former President
“It is the efforts of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies that is dedicated to these issues day in and day out – your work every day makes a real difference in these battles that we wage.”
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Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL)
“The intelligence community notes what FDD does and deeply appreciates it. Your scholarship shows connections between a whole bunch of nefarious actors out there – proliferators, sanctions-busters, and money-launderers. What it is you’re able to do with open sources complements and reinforces what goes on inside the intelligence community.”
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Gen. Michael Hayden
Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency
"Mr. Dubowitz’s campaign to draw attention to what he saw as the Iran nuclear deal's flaws has taken its place among the most consequential ever undertaken by a Washington think tank leader."
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New York Times
“I think success [in terms of a nuclear deal with Iran] would have been doing exactly what FDD originally suggested we do, and that was give the ayatollah a choice between the collapse of his economy or compromise on his nuclear weapons program and giving up that program.”
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Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)
former Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee
“FDD is vital to the education of the Congress, parts of the executive branch and the American people. Truly, FDD has emerged as the authoritative surrogate government, a source we can count on to know what to do and how to do it.”
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Robert "Bud" McFarlane
Former U.S. National Security Advisor to President Reagan
“The Foundation is helping lead the war of ideas in the battle between freedom and totalitarianism.”
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Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)
“I have such an appreciation for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, for their work, for their advocacy, for their insights. What this foundation does is extraordinarily important to the national interest and security of the United States. And for those of you who are supportive of the Foundation, I want you to know that.”
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Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
"FDD’s commitment to factual research and nonpartisan analysis in pursuit of national security makes you a unique and necessary voice. That commitment, in fact, made you one of the first to recognize the gas-for-gold scheme. During trial preparation, we came to know you as friends and we thank you for all your help."
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Jennifer McReynolds
Special Agent, FBI

Investing in FDD

Our world today is extremely volatile. We at FDD expect to fight many difficult battles in the days ahead. We have much to do – work that needs to get done. FDD is well positioned to continue helping Washington’s policy makers connect the dots, identify the most critical national security challenges, and offer creative ideas for tackling these most important issues.

We are fortunate to have a very special group of supporters who understand how much is at stake in this critical moment in history; who agree with FDD’s mission and understand its importance; and who provide us with the means to fight the battles that must be fought. We hope that we can count on you to be in our leadership.

FDD is a 501(c)(3) public charity and all donations are tax-deductible.

You may submit your donation by credit card using the form below.

Checks can also be mailed to:
The Foundation for Defense of Democracies
P.O. Box 33249
Washington, D.C. 20033



If you have any questions about making an investment in FDD, please reach out to [email protected]. Someone from our team will be in touch with you as soon as possible.


About FDD

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a Washington, DC-based nonpartisan 501(c)(3) research institute focusing on national security and foreign policy.

FDD conducts in-depth research, produces accurate and timely analyses, identifies illicit activities, and provides policy options – all with the aim of strengthening U.S. national security and reducing or eliminating threats posed by adversaries and enemies of the United States and other free nations.

In addition to its in-house experts, FDD proudly collaborates with and seeks counsel from a range of distinguished advisors. FDD houses three centers on American power, which include FDD’s Center on Military and Political Power, FDD’s Center on Economic and Financial Power, and FDD’s Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation.

FDD's Security Fund

Given the ongoing threats we face, it is clear that FDD needs to do much more to bolster its overall security, including for FDD personnel and data.

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FDD's Planned Giving Program

As a forward thinking and proactive organization, FDD can provide investors with an important and lasting legacy by giving them the opportunity to build a solid foundation from which FDD can fight the battles that must be fought over the years ahead. The important issues that our organization addresses today will still exist in the foreseeable future. We want to continue creating a safer world for our children and grandchildren to live in, and we hope to have your help in doing so.

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FDD Future Campaign

Establishing an FDD endowment will perpetuate your values and priorities well into the future. Endowment giving is by no means a substitute for annual giving, but rather the ultimate expression of your values and priorities – a way to shape the world in which your children and grandchildren will live.

An endowment may be established during your lifetime or as a part of your estate plan. Almost anything of value may form the basis of your endowment gift to FDD. Cash, most appreciated property, retirement assets or real estate may offer you tax and planning advantages in addition to the opportunity of advancing the causes championed by FDD. We know that every endowment gift is unique, so we offer you our planning expertise and encourage you to speak with your professional advisors. We look forward to continuing the conversation with you.

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