Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)
The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a mission to strengthen global security by reducing the risk of use and preventing the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. Founded in 2001 by former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn and CNN founder Ted Turner, NTI is guided by a prestigious, international board of directors.
NTI is focused on closing the gap between global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons and the global response to those threats. Recognizing that governments have most of the resources and authority in the large-scale work of threat reduction, NTI emphasizes leverage. It’s not just what NTI can do throughout the world. It’s what they can persuade others to do. They use their voice to raise awareness and advocate solutions.
At their founding in 2001, NTI set out to take actions to lead the way and not simply point the way. NTI designs and implements projects that directly reduce threats and show governments how to reduce threats faster, smarter and on a larger scale. These direct action projects demonstrate new ways to reduce threats.
One of NTI’s hallmarks is their operating model. Recognizing that governments have most of the resources and authority in the large-scale work of threat reduction, NTI emphasizes leverage. It’s not just what NTI can do throughout the world. It’s what they can persuade others to do. They use their voice to raise awareness and advocate solutions; undertake direct action projects that demonstrate new ways to reduce threats; and foster new thinking about these problems.
In addition, NTI has a reputation for developing communications initiatives that reach and persuade a range of audiences: from officials around the globe to ordinary Americans concerned about the future safety and security of their children. These initiatives include producing two films, ‘Nuclear Tipping Point’ and ‘Last Best Chance’.
Over the past ten years, NTI has received funding from individual American philanthropists, including Warren Buffett, Fred Iseman, Peter G. Peterson, George Russell, and Ted Turner. They have also received significant support from foundations such as the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Skoll Global Threats Fund and the Google Foundation.