A private, independent “think-tank” devoted to developing alternative, non-polluting energy sources and other new technologies and ideas to benefit humanity. The Institute’s website proclaims the Institute’s mission as “Improving the Human Condition.”
The Hoffmann Institute was bankrolled by former German diplomat Thomas Hoffmann in 1917. Although the Institute doesn’t appear to make a profit, its modern sources of funding elicit much speculation. In fact, the UN and certain departments within the U.S. government may foot part of the bill for the Institute’s operations. Officially, since the Hoffmann Institute is not a government agency it has no legal authority whatsoever, and in cases where its members have run afoul of the law it relies exclusively on the law firm of Marshall, Wickham, and Vanderdossen to defend, advise, and lobby for them.