Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Group of Thirty?

The Group of Thirty is a collection of leading minds on economic and financial issues. Founded in 1978, its mission is to deepen understanding of international economic and financial issues, and to explore the international repercussions of decisions taken in the public and private sectors. The Group’s members are drawn mainly from current or former economic policy makers, regulators, private financial sector leaders, and academics. Members participate in their individual capacity, distinct from their other institutional affiliations.

Does the Group engage in lobbying?

No. The Group is a 501c3 non-for-profit organization. It strictly abjures lobbying, which is prohibited by U.S. law.

How does someone become a member?

Membership is limited to thirty (30) individuals. Membership is determined by the Trustees, when a place becomes open. Members are invited to join because of their individual and unique understanding of international economic and financial issues, in order to enrich the discussions of the Group. Their membership does not depend on their current responsibilities or institutional affiliations, and hence too, does not end when they leave their current responsibilities. Members participate in their individual capacity. Hence, membership does not imply endorsement of the Group, or of its work program and studies, by their respective institutions.

How can I learn more about the Group’s studies?

The Group’s more than four decades of studies are available for free on its website. The Group’s study projects are the product of the particular Steering Committee and Working Group that undertakes them, and they reflect a broad agreement among a project’s participants, but they do not imply agreement with every observation or nuance. Members participate in studies in their personal capacity, and their participation does not imply the support or agreement of their respective public or private institutions. The reports published by the Group of Thirty do not represent the views of the membership of the Group of Thirty as a whole.

Are the meetings of the Group public or private?

The meetings of the Group take place in private and are strictly off-the-record. The work program of the Group and the studies it publishes are public. The Group's annual International Banking Seminar and Spring Lecture are open to the press and on-the-record.

How is the Group funded?

The Group is a non-for-profit organization. It was founded with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The Group receives tax deductible contributions from firms, institutions, and individuals who support its mission. At present approximately one hundred public and private bodies from across the globe support our work through small contributions. The maximum contribution permitted by any one institution/person is $25,000 per year; the average is about $10,000.

How do I keep up-to-date with the work of the Group?

You can sign up for alerts by subscribing to our newsletter using the form on this page.

If I want to support the work of the Group what should I do?

Contact the Group’s office at 1-202-331-2472 or for more information on how to support the mission of the Group.

More about the Group of Thirty