How is MII funded?

The Material Innovation Initiative is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization devoted to accelerating the development of sustainable, animal-free next-gen materials through research, knowledge-sharing, and facilitating connections. We are dedicated to being a resource for material companies, scientists, brands, entrepreneurs, and others interested in fostering a global market for sustainable materials across the fashion, automotive, and home goods industries.

MII relies on charitable contributions from philanthropic foundations, corporations, and individual donors for our programs and operations-related expenditure. We also welcome sponsorship support for special initiatives, event series, and research fellowships.

What We Have Accomplished

With Your Help

  • We have established our core programming of Science and Technology, Innovation, Brand Partnerships, Communications, and Operations, and authored numerous highly respected and well-circulated reports.
  • We have partnered with major industry players and hosted two conferences.  We also established and run a next-gen material committee at the GlassWall Syndicate, a venture capital partnership with over 220 members.
  • We have also served as a valuable resource to numerous material companies, brands, scientists, and investors.
  • See some of our statistics, quotations about our work, and impact in our annual reports for 2020, 2021 and 2022. We would have never been able to do this without you. Thank you!
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OUR Next steps

Our goal is to create a circular economy for the fashion, automotive, and home goods industries.

In the coming years, we plan to globally scale our work through bold and transformative action that will make the sustainable option the easy option. We are excited about introducing these areas of work in the future and we need your help:

  1. Influence policy-making: By introducing fresh ideas on policy-making to spur sustainable development of the next-gen materials industry.
  2. Supply chain shift: Creating knowledge pathways for circular business models and white space opportunities to clean up unsustainable supply chains.
  3. Strengthen data-driven research in the textile industry: By addressing the longstanding issues in the textiles industry’s environmental data analysis methods through our Environmental Data Coalition initiative.

FinaNcial Responsibility

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Founding Documents

IRS Exemption


Material Innovation decided from the beginning to perform self-audits. We believe opening our books to the public is only one method to meet our duty of transparency. Our audited financial statements can be found below.


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GnL- Friday Clutch Bag – Credit – GnL

990 Annual Tax Filings

You can find our previous 990s below. MII was incorporated in December 2019 and received its 501(c)(3) charitable status from the US Internal Revenue Service on May 14, 2020.

2020 990
2021 990
2022 990


We could not do what we do without the help of our most foundational funders, including:

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Laudes Foundation

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Open Philanthropy Project

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Food System Innovations

Annual Report 2022

2022 was full of firsts and new beginnings for MII. Here are a few highlights from our 2022 Annual Report:

We held our first Material Innovation Conference, which convened hundreds of industry leaders and explored opportunities in accelerating the development and commercialization of next-gen materials. We launched the Environmental Data Coalition, a group of more than 40 scientists, investors, material companies, and brands who are committed to solving the next-gen materials industry’s greatest sustainability evaluation challenges. We saw more than $455M invested in next-gen material companies. We held more than 760 meetings with leading brands, material companies, investors, and other key stakeholders. 

Check out our 2022 Annual Report to learn more about our accomplishments and increasing impact, and stay tuned for our 2023 Annual Report coming soon.

MII’S Certifications

MII 2022 Guide Star
MII 2022 Great NonProfit
MII 2021 Animal Charity Evaluators


We are creating a collaborative ecosystem for the development of next-gen materials that are high-performance, animal-free, more sustainable, and that are considered true replacements for some of the most damaging materials on the market. If you would like to support us, you can do so in the donation link below.

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