Thursday, December 27, 2007

Liberty and Charity

Hope everyone had a good Christmas. As 2007 wraps up, its not too late to make those tax-deductible contributions to your favorite charities so that your money can go towards something good and useful rather than to the government. If you need some ideas of worthy charities with conservative or libertarian values, here’s a few:

Alliance Defense Fund: “The Alliance Defense Fund is a servant organization that provides the resources that will keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel through the legal defense and advocacy of religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and traditional family values.” Charity Navigator rating: 4 out of 4 stars.

The Cato Institute: “The Cato Institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace. Toward that goal, the Institute strives to achieve greater involvement of the intelligent, concerned lay public in questions of policy and the proper role of government.” Charity Navigator rating: 2 of 4 stars.

Gun Owners Foundation: “Defending America's unique constitutional right to keep and bear arms, through education and legal assistance in important firearms cases.” Charity Navigator rating: NA

Institute for Justice: “Simply put, we sue the government when it stands in the way of people trying to earn an honest living, when it unconstitutionally takes away individuals' property, when bureaucrats instead of parents dictate the education of children, and when government stifles speech. We seek a rule of law under which individuals can control their destinies as free and responsible members of society.” Charity Navigator rating: 4 of 4 stars.

Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership: “To destroy "gun control" and to encourage Americans to understand and defend all of the Bill of Rights for everyone. Those are the twin goals of Wisconsin-based Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO). Founded by Jews and initially aimed at educating the Jewish community about the historical evils that Jews have suffered when they have been disarmed, JPFO has always welcomed persons of all religious beliefs who share a common goal of opposing and reversing victim disarmament policies while advancing liberty for all. JPFO is a non-profit tax-exempt educational civil rights organization, not a lobby.” Charity Navigator rating: NA

The NRA Foundation: “Established in 1990, The NRA Foundation, Inc. ("NRA Foundation") is a 501(c )(3) tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association of America and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. These activities are designed to promote firearms and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills of those participating in the shooting sports, and to educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological, and artistic context. Funds granted by The NRA Foundation benefit a variety of constituencies throughout the United States including children, youth, women, individuals with physical disabilities, gun collectors, law enforcement officers, hunters, and competitive shooters.” Charity Navigator Rating: 4 of 4 stars.

Public Interest Institute: Located at Iowa Wesleyan College, it’s goals include: 1)“Promote the importance of the free-enterprise economic system and its relationship with free and democratic societies” 2)“Formulate proposals and action programs that revolve around taxpayers' rights and the general principle of limiting the role of government” 3)“Assist and become an integral part of similar organizations in promoting the importance of limited government, individual freedoms, and the impact of governmental policies on the operation of the free-market” 4)“Define the concept of the proper role of a limited government in a free and democratic society based upon individual freedom and liberty.” Charity Navigator rating: NA

Happy and free new year!


Anonymous said...

Fred is one of the most straightforward politicians I’ve seen. To quote an old saying, “he says what he means, and means what he says”. He understands the world we live in, the gravity of our war on terrorism and the geopolitics involved, our national security requirements, as well as the necessity of a strong economy, and proficient health and educational systems. And he understands what role the federal government should take in these matters and what roles it should not, states rights. You see, Fred is a firm believer in our constitution. He’s quite outspoken for our 2nd ammendment rights because of that belief. Go to to see for yourself his stances on the issues and his plans for improvement

Ben said...

Um... okay.

Bawb said...

There's nothing I like more than a smooth and subtle segue.