Lawson Bader serves as president and CEO of DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund. Before coming to DonorsTrust, he amassed twenty years’ experience leading free-market research and advocacy groups including the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He began his career in DC in as special assistant at the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, then worked as a legislative analyst/paralegal with Pierson, Semmes & Finley, and managed government relations at SRI International. He is a former weekly columnist with Human Events, and serves on the governing boards of the Atlas Network, State Policy Network, Oakseed Ministries International, and Solers, Inc. Lawson earned a BA in political science from Wheaton College (IL) and an MA in public policy from The Johns Hopkins University.
Matt Kibbe gets pickled with so-called Dark Money ATM Lawson Bader, who explains why donor privacy is crucial to a functioning democracy.
AUTHOR. (Photo:English: Main Reading Room of the Carnegie Library, Allegheny City (now Pittsburgh), by Paul J. Pelz, ca. 1900 Date 31 May 2013, 03:23:23 Source Library of Congress Author Unknown Licensing[edit] Public domain This media file is in the public domain in the United States. ) Twitter: @BatchelorShow Donor-advised funds for the next generations. Lawson Bader,
11-14-2017 (Photo:English: "Liberty Bell and stairway, Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA." Date circa 1905 Source Library of Congress, [1] Author Detroit Publishing Company ) Twitter: @BatchelorShow Liberty and Philanthropy. Lawson Bader, Principled Giving. DonorsTrust is a donor-advised fund. At first glance, we resemble the thousands of such funds that exist across the U.S. But we’re different. DonorsTrust is the only fund committed to supporting and promoting the principles of liberty. We make grants to charities that do not rely on government funding but do promote the foundations of civil society: limited government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise. We seek to encourage philanthropy and individual giving, as opposed to governmental involvement, as an answer to society’s needs. Our unique philosophical cornerstone is a commitment to preserving and defending donor intent. Over time, we have too often witnessed philanthropic capital stray from an original donor’s free-market ideals – the very principles that made their philanthropy possible in the first place. As an antidote to this drift, DonorsTrust was established as a 501(c)(3) public charity to ensure the intent of donors dedicated to the ideals of liberty. We are well positioned to alleviate, through education, research and private initiative, society’s most pervasive and radical needs. We are quite proud of our clients who meet this challenge by giving generously to public policy organizations and also to organizations relating to social welfare, religion, health, the environment, economics, governance, foreign relations, and arts and culture. Building a Legacy of Liberty DonorsTrust launched in 1999 in collaboration with a small group of donors and nonprofit leaders who were actively engaged in supporting and promoting a free society as understood in America’s founding documents. Specifically, the idea began with a single donor concerned about whether the community foundation to whom he’d entrusted his money would stay faithful to his charitable wishes after his death. DonorsTrust founders Whitney Ball and Kim Dennis suggested that what he needed was a community foundation for liberty-minded donors. That idea grew into a vision, and that vision became DonorsTrust. Over the next 17 years, DonorsTrust grew to be the only donor-advised fund dedicated to promoting a free society and serving donors who share that purpose. To date, DonorsTrust has received over $1 billion from these donors who are both dedicated to liberty and to the cause of perpetuating a free and prosperous society through philanthropic means. Since inception, DonorsTrust has granted out over $900 million to over 1,600 charities….
Guest: Lawson Bader, President & CEO, DonorsTrust and Donors Capital FundDate: 10/22, 8-9 am PACIFIC TIMEIn 1956, the attorney general of Alabama tried to oust the NAACP from the state, and issued a subpoena for their donor lists. Fortunately, a unanimous Supreme Court decision protected the organization's right to keep this information private – finding that Alabama had violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process clause. Justice John Marshall Harlan II wrote, “This Court has recognized the vital relationship between freedom to associate and privacy in one’s associations.” Today, DonorsTrust helps philanthropists match their money to the principles of limited government, personal responsibility and free enterprise while remaining anonymous. They serve as a conduit between donors and organizations like the Cato Institute, Mercatus Center, and the American Enterprise Institute, and have attracted sharp criticism from politicians who oppose the ideas these groups promote. While the attacks are couched in terms of “transparency” and preventing “dark money” from influencing elections, this language conceals the drive to weaken a cornerstone of liberty in the U.S. – the right to privacy in one’s freely chosen associations. Lawson Bader (formerly the President of the Competitive Enterprise Institute) recently stepped up as President and CEO of DonorsTrust, where he takes the heat on behalf of this entire network of donors, which is “building a legacy of liberty.” Lawson notes that transparency is for government, whereas privacy is for citizens. He joins Bob to discuss the new threats to freedom of association, and explain the value of donor-advised funds like DonorsTrust – both to philanthropists and the causes they support.  Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher LinksDonorsTrust - Building a Legacy of Liberty Addressing Philanthropy’s Big Picture by Lawson Bader, July 21, 2017Repelling Watchful Dragons: Finding Good in Trying Times by Lawson Bader, Aug. 17, 2017White Paper: Protecting Donor Privacy | Philanthropic Freedom | The Philanthropy Roundtable Political Threats to Donor Privacy Hurt Everyone - DonorsTrust by Lawson Bader July 22, 2016 Subscribe Related Shows:Lawson Bader on *I, Whiskey* & Curtailing the Regulatory State July 19, 2015
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