At NuSI we are doing something that has never been done before and we want you to become part of the story. Join us and help change the world.

The Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI) funds independent research capable of reducing the economic and social burden of obesity and obesity related chronic disease. We are demanding that the quality of science in nutrition and obesity research be improved now, today. But we need your help.

NuSI is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation (EIN 45-4676706) and a recognized entity that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.   Online donations acknowledge that the donor has imposed no restrictions on NuSI’s use of such gifted funds and that NuSI provided no goods or services in return for the donation.

Listed below are many of the ways our donors choose to give. If you have any questions regarding your gift, please contact us at (858) 914-5404 or email us at

Frequently asked financial questions

If you have a general question about NuSI financials, please visit our FAQ page here. If your question cannot be answered, please email us at for direct assistance.

Make a donation by credit or debit card

To process a secure online donation via PayPal, please use the link below. If you are donating in response to a specific campaign, please use the message line to let our team know.

Make a donation by Bitcoin

Thanks to Coinbase, the world’s most popular bitcoin wallet, you can securely donate bitcoin currency.

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Make a donation by mail or check

Please make your check payable to Nutrition Science Initiative. Be sure to note in the memo line if you would like your gift designated to a specific fund.

If your contribution is being made in honor of or in memory of someone special, please provide the name of the honoree and the person(s) (name and address) who should be notified of your gift. The amount of your donation will not be communicated with the person you are honoring.


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The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation. In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile. When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

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Employee matching gift (matching funds)

Some corporations and small businesses will match its employees’ charitable contributions.  Usually associated with corporate grantmakers, employee matching gifts often are dollar-for-dollar, but some companies will give double or even triple the original donation. Some companies may also give matching gifts for employees’ volunteer efforts.  Procedures vary with each company. Typically, individuals must submit forms to their employers and acquire the EIN number of NuSI (45-4676706).

We suggesting asking your HR department for more information.

Honorarium or memorial gift

We celebrate honorarium and memorial gifts as an incredible way to memorialize or honor someone special with a donation gift that truly makes a difference. Your confidential gift will be acknowledged with a limited edition NuSI card sent to the honoree or a family member. As the donor, you will receive a confirmation card noting your gift has been delivered. This is a tremendous way to remember someone, say thank you, or acknowledge a celebration such as a birthday or holiday.

Planned giving

A planned gift can truly make a difference in the fight against disease. If you would like to find out how to protect your income during your lifetime and make a major contribution to the health of our families, our community, and our world after the income is no longer needed, please contact us.

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