We believe where we've been matters as much as where we're going.
The great service which education must perform
is to confirm our faith in the world, establish our
settled convictions, and maintain an open mind.
The heritage of all the past is neither mean nor
insignificant. It is a high estate.—Calvin Coolidge
Free speech does not live many hours after free
industry and free commerce die.—Herbert Hoover
Center for Disaster Philanthropy
While we focus on cultural and free-market causes, the pandemic impacts everyone. We have chosen to donate to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, a US-based nonprofit that works to get money to hard-hit areas in various emergencies, and also does research to understand how funding can be used most effectively. Their COVID-19 response focuses on the areas with the most significant outbreaks to help increase the capacity for response. Importantly, they are a privately supported effort. (Washington, DC)
How grantees are helping with COVID-19
We believe "social distancing" should better be called "physical distancing." To promoting social lives, cultural organizations provide online programming to enrich our quarantined lives. For example, the Folger Shakespeare Theatre posted the full performance of Macbeth directed by the redoubtable Penn & Teller as well as podcasts, and audio recordings of numerous plays. Florida Shakespeare Theater live-streamings staged readings of Shakespeare's most celebrated works performed by actors from across the globe. The readings allow actors to practice their craft and to share their love of Shakespeare with homebound audiences. These performances included Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, and Hamlet.
Higher education faces new challenges. In the Fall of 2020 and the Spring of 2021, The King's College New York City Semester in Journalism is helping students to keep learning and reporting stories about the COVID-19 pandemic's impact in New York City and the world as they navigate a wounded economy and a difficult job market themselves.
At a time when government responses and limitations on individual freedom are in place, we believe it is vital our future liberty is restored. For example, Atlas Network is working globally to promote responses to COVID-19's challenges based on evidence, proper public health measures, and sound economic principles. That includes defending free enterprise and wealth creation and restraining governments from exercising powers unrelated to the crisis.
Please consider supporting national or local organizations combating COVID-19. Our faith in the American people remains unbowed.
We support these exceptional programs
Atlas Network is a nonprofit organization connecting a global network of more than 400 free-market organizations in over 80 countries to the ideas and resources needed to advance the cause of liberty. Their shared vision is to create a free, prosperous, and peaceful world where limited governments defend the rule of law, private property, and free markets. (Washington, DC)
Ave Maria University Shakespeare In Performance
Shakespeare In Performance investigates early modern acting styles, thrust stages practices, and how an acting troupe cooperates and functions in the preparation and performance of plays. Performances are unique because of how students collaborate and include contemporary music and dance. True to Elizabethan theatrical practices, students are responsible for not only producing and acting in plays, but all marketing and fund-raising. AMU is on Newsmax's list of 40 Best Colleges for Conservative Values.
(Ave Maria, FL)
Florida Shakespeare Theater
Florida's professional classical theater company promotes literacy, culture, and a passion for the arts through free performances throughout South Florida during the annual free Winter Shakespeare Festival. Performances are offered at venues in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. (Coral Gables, FL)
Folger Shakespeare Theatre
The Folger Shakespeare Library is the home of the world's most extensive Shakespeare collection. Folger Theatre performs a season of innovative productions designed to forge strong connections with modern audiences, continuing the lively legacy of William Shakespeare. The Folger has received 154 nominations and 30 Helen Hayes Awards for excellence in acting, direction, design, and production. (Washington, DC)
Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba
Socialism—and all its evil—is on display only 90 miles from the US. FHRC promotes a peaceful transition to a free and democratic Cuba with zero tolerance for human rights violations. FHRC empowers human rights defenders and activists working for change in Cuba through peaceful means. These include prisoners of conscience and their families, independent journalists and bloggers, cultural activists, as well as members of independent unions and marginalized sectors. (Miami, FL)
Friends of the Universidad Francisco Marroquín
The mission of Universidad Francisco Marroquín is to teach and disseminate the ethical, legal, and economic principles of a society of free and responsible persons. In 2017, UFM was ranked number one in the world on the list of Top Fifty Places to Study Classical Economics by TheBestSchools.org. (Guatemala City, Guatemala)
The King’s College New York City Semester in Journalism
TKC’s NYC Semester in Journalism gives students the opportunity to spend a semester learning from top-notch journalism faculty and interning at a news media organization in the journalism capital of America. Studying with professors who are deeply rooted in Christian faith, NYCJ students cultivate their commitment to the truth and the skill to tell it well. In an era of polemic journalism, we believe this is a critical mission. (New York, NY)
Minding the Campus
We agree with President Hoover's above quote. Sadly, the First Amendment is under attack from many ideologies but no more so than in the Academy. Minding the Campus aims to bring intellectual diversity and fearless rigorous debate to today's private and public colleges at a time when speech codes and sensitivities are stifling free expression. (New York, NY)
One of the preeminent professional vocal ensembles in the United States, GRAMMY®-nominated Seraphic Fire brings together professional vocal and instrumental artists from around the country to perform repertoire ranging from medieval chant and Baroque masterpieces to commissions by leading living composers. Seraphic Fire's mission is to present the highest quality performances of historically significant and under performed music and advance art through the professional development, refinement, and documentation of its musicians’ talents while promoting community connectivity through educational programs. (Miami, FL)
Wisconsin Lutheran College's Friends of the Arts
Like WLC, we believe in the power of the arts to change people, perspectives, and lives and support the college's performing and fine arts programming. WLU is on Young America's Foundation list of Top Conservative Colleges and also was named to Newsmax's list of 40 Best Colleges for Conservative Values. (Milwaukee, WI)
Be inspired and take action
We support these organizations through our charitable fund and with personal contributions. Our Initiative is not a public charity and we do not seek or accept any donations. We urge you to contribute directly to the organizations listed above. Please support the performing arts in your community as a donor, volunteer, or an audience member.
We believe our western culture cannot thrive without economic freedom and urge you to support organizations that champion economic and political liberty. In today's increasingly hostile environment to western values on America's campuses, please join in supporting colleges with a commitment to preserving our civic and economic heritage.
To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.—Theodore Roosevelt
No people can look forward who do not look backward. The strongest guarantee of the future is the past. Unless that which has been built shall stand with an assured security, the motive for further building is destroyed, and all our structures will go down in ruins.—Calvin Coolidge
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