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I looked for educational groups focused on the Constitution, and found two, but did not include them on the list for the reasons stated below:

  1. Constitution society: They seem too partisan. They have an agenda that goes beyond mainstream education about the constitution
  2. National Constitution Center:I could find no information about whether or not they rely on state funding for their current operations, but I know that the NCC relied on state and federal funding to get started, and was basically presented as a government project.
  3. Daughters of the American Revolution: Membership is limited to direct descendents of patriots from the Revolutionary war. Other than that, they seem neutral and clean.

Adam 18:49, 19 Dec 2004 (PST)

Another possible charity is Adopt a Platoon: I think that it is worth supporting, but there is the problem of indirectly supporting international agression by the government. I'm not sure what to think of this

Adam 09:39, 21 Dec 2004 (PST)

Reorganizing this page

I'm finding it hard to organize the charities. It is particularly hard to decide whether a charity is compatible with libertarianism. I think this would be best solved by having a separate article on each charity. That way, we can describe the charity and what makes it libertarian (or not), without having to force it into some category. On the main page, it would still be good to categorize them, based on how they support/oppose the libertarian cause. This type of organization can include sections for charities that are not "pure" libertarian based upon some criticism or other.

Adam 09:39, 21 Dec 2004 (PST)

Adam, I agree. It's difficult to say for sure what exactly a "Libertarian-compatible charity" (LCC) really is. If it was up to me to decide, an LCC would be a charity that either accepts very little to no government money or in-kind donations, OR aimed or pledged to reduce their dependence on government sources by a certain % year over year until they were totally privately funded. The second half of the OR part allows any charity currently operating to decide to "switch" over and gradually wean itself off gov't money, regardless of how much they get from the government right now. We could not draw a "hard line" at the current time simply because we don't have the weight to encourage charities to be "libertarian-compatible." We would need to start up a "Libertarian Charitable Trust" (LCT) which gave out grants only to LCCs. That would encourage charities to make the switch, but without the carrot (grants), we can't apply the stick (becoming LCC).

It is for this reason that I added the Trustees of Reservations. They accept very little government funding. I imagine that they could and probably would stop taking it- if we offered a competing grant of similar value :)

There are plenty of charities out there that accept no gov't funding- they're usually just hole-in-the-wall types, like Cradles to Crayons.

Also, I added IJ and LSF to the list. I was thinking about creating a "libertarian-founded charities" section, but the IJ and LSF would be the only ones in it. That would be kind of sad.

The Modern American 00:37, 03 Jan 2005 (EST)

Hmmm... this sort of ties into the "anti-libertarian charities" page too. What makes something "libertarian-compatible" or "incompatible" is subjective. Until someone actually builds up an LCT to the point where they can then create a definition for an LCC with millions of dollars in possible grant money behind it, we should focus on charities which, for whatever reason, don't get much funding from the state. Most charities aren't concerned about the source of the money- they just know that they need it for projects. Even so, we need to encourage what we think is "good" behavior, thus the preference for increased private funding.

It would be in our best interests to sort the list of charities first by category (some will overlap, obviously), and then by % of gov't funding which they currently receive. We can figure out what to do about regional charities later.

The Modern American 13:52, 04 Jan 2005 (EST)

Sounds like a good plan Adam 06:06, 5 Jan 2005 (PST)


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