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Which charity is a good investment to spread liberty?

So, you have a bit of constantly devaluing paper money sitting around at the end of the year and want to invest it where it could produce real value -- that is, grow liberty.

Perhaps you:
- have already maxed your contributions to Ron?
- are prohibited (e.g., foreigner) from giving to Ron?
- would like to build liberty infrastructre?
- give significant tax deductible charity every year

Which organization do you believe is the best investment for liberty of your wealth? Please suggest radio, blogs, forums, websites, individuals, think tanks, products, outreach, volunteer organizations, meetups -- wherever you have actually invested and have since concluded, "This organization is a giant lever of liberty".

Please describe:
- The name of the organization
- How it differs from other charities you consider
- Why you believe they most effectively used your money to increase liberty
- Other benefits of membership/contribution
- Whether the American government permits contributions as a tax-deduction
- A link

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New Hampshire For the Win PAC (NH FTW PAC)

1) Organization:
New Hampshire For the Win PAC (NH FTW PAC)

2) How is it different?
Your contributions support the men and women volunteers who are making, holding, and bombing signs, shaking hands, handing out brochures, giving talks in the cold outdoor of NH. This cuts out a lot of middle men.

3) How is it effective?
Your money is leveraged. Instead of buying the brochure, the list, the mailing and handling, by investing directly with the boots-on-the-ground, your money buys the brochure and DVD, which these volunteers then take as they greet, talk, and hand your material personally to NH voters. Much more personal contact.

4) Benefits to members/donors?
Knowing your money is being leveraged. Knowing good, hardworking, dedicated campaigners are using their sweat equity to magnify your contribution.
Wanting a 1-2 punch (Iowa will be discounted. But they can't ignore Paul if also wins NH.)

5) Tax deductible?
No, it's a PAC.

6) Link to donation page
https://secure.piryx.com/donate/Hz2uoGvR/NH-FTW-PAC/
They had a money bomb and collected $2,000 of $5,000 desired. They are now up to $3000. Let's push them over their goal!

(Facebook..)
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NH-FTW-PAC/298351370194463?sk=...

Don't Vote For Ron Paul for anything less than
Re[love]ution & Renaissance
Dennis

Young Americans for Liberty (YAL)

(Provided from one of our young campus friends, David Hoyt. ~DP)

1) Organization:
Young Americans for Liberty (YAL)

2) How is it different?
YAL is the only Ron Paul-endorsed youth liberty activism organization. We have developed a large network of philosophically sound young activists, who are dedicated to promoting liberty through educational and political work.

3) How is it effective?
YAL engages people in their college years, which are intellectually formative, and further their education in the philosophy of liberty, but we take it a step further by organizing and subsidizing their entry into political activism. Ron Paul is widely cited as the cure of people's apathy, and YAL picks up with those people and helps them get their careers going in liberty activism. Our goal is to create an entire generation of Ron Pauls. I cannot imagine a more significant way to advance liberty. You can see what individual chapters are doing to advance liberty on our website's Chapters page: http://www.yaliberty.org/chapters.

4) Benefits to members/donors?
Donors receive an inside view of the organization which is not available to others, including reports, financial data, and access to the organization's leadership. Further, there are significant long-term financial benefits to the political reform we advocate. YAL members work to achieve a freer, fairer, more prosperous republic. Imagine an America without the instability of crippling government debt, no unnecessary regulation in the marketplace, no involuntary taxation, no unconstitutional foreign wars, sound money, and no Federal Reserve. We far from these goals currently, but every YAL member who goes on to win elected office gets us one step closer to those goals, and each step comes with a proportional increase in economic and civil liberties. That may sound like an ambitious approach, but four young people from YAL's network already hold elected public office.

5) Tax deductible?
Yes, YAL has established separate 501c3 and 501c4 non-profit organizations. Donations to the 501c3 are for educational work and are fully tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Donations to the 501c4 are not tax deductible because they are used more directly in the political process, so like contributions to campaigns, they are not deductible. Donors can choose which aspect of this work is most important to them and contribute accordingly.

6) Link to donation page
Tax-deductible 501c3: https://www.yaliberty.org/contribute/nonprofit
Non-tax-deductible 501c4: https://www.yaliberty.org/contribute

Don't Vote For Ron Paul for anything less than
Re[love]ution & Renaissance
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Mises.org

The Mises Institute is THE premiere organization for the study and dissemination of Austrian economics and libertarianism.

The level of scholasticism is second to none and is a veritable "Who's who" of AE scholars.

If one wants to change a culture, one must reach a mind first.

The depth and scope of its reading catalogue and study materials is vast.

Yes, your contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of U.S. law.

For the rest, see here:

https://mises.org/donate.aspx

"For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise." - Benjamin Franklin

A couple suggestions...

*Self-promotion alert* - I run a non-partisan education outfit in North Dakota called the North Dakota Policy Council. We educate North Dakotans about economic liberty. In November we hosted Ron Paul at our annual dinner. www.policynd.org

If you're interested in supporting a "national" organization, I'd definitely go with the Mises Institute or Cato Institute.

www.mises.org

www.cato.org

Which charity for liberty?

Interesting query. In my opinion, there is one clear investment for liberty, and the recipient of the charity is Peace.
Silver.
Please take the time, I am serious, serious as WW3.
"The composition of U.S. coins has changed considerably since the 1960s. Because of a growing worldwide silver shortage, the Coinage Act of 1965 authorized a change in the composition of dimes, quarters, and half-dollars, which had been 90 percent silver. Silver was eliminated from the dime and the quarter. The half-dollar's silver content was reduced to 40 percent and, after 1970, was eliminated altogether."
This is not some crazy theory or silver-pimping investor confessing to a silver shortage, WORLDWIDE, back in 1960. Here is the source for that quote:
http://www.frbatlanta.org/pubs/dollarscents/dollars_and_cent...
Yeah, the Fed.
The supply / demand ratio was NOT solved by ending the silver currency. Instead, the age of the computer was ushered in, and now there is a dab of silver in nearly everything you do. And everything the warmongers do.
So, if the people bought all the silver they could get their hands on or afford, they would be forced to try to wage war with their paper silver.
Silver is the chink in the Vampire Squid's armor, the soft spot in it's slimy belly. They move more "silver" on the Comex than exists EVERY DAY. If you dig deep, you may come to suspect that all the fuss about gold is the tail wagging the silver dog. There is plenty of gold, no one throws away anything gold, but we have literally been CONSUMING silver at an increasing rate since the shortage was noted 40 years ago.
Sure, warmongers will sharpen a stick and poke each other if that is all they have, but we can de-nuke the bastards, un-drone them, take away the "video game" warfare toys if we TAKE THE SILVER.
Happy holidays to you and yours. Peace on Earth, and all that nonsense.

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

Reason Magazine

Org: Reason Foundation

Differentiation: Has been explaining the need to support "Free Minds and Free Markets" for decades. Writes articles, and more recently, incredible Reason.TV videos that have changed the debate.

Effectiveness: Their writing impacts the intelligentsia, but their more recent Reason.TV arm has transformed discussions with its news magazine style stories about the problems of government control and the promise of freedom.
http://reason.com/blog/2011/12/12/if-you-care-about-free-min...

Benefits: You can get their videos, magazine and be able to help them go viral. You can know that the videos made will be seen broadly and communicate a consistent free market approach to problems.

Link: http://reason.com/blog/2011/12/12/if-you-care-about-free-min...

Don't Vote For Ron Paul for anything less than
Re[love]ution & Renaissance
Dennis

Advocates for Self Government

Org: Advocates for Self Government

Dif: Has worked for 30 years to find how to communicate the ideas of liberty to people who were indoctrinated in government schools.

Eff: My contributions gets translated into outreach programs to communicate why liberty matters. They focus a lot of work on campus. They produce the Nolan chart that explains simply Beyond Left and Right. They have worked tirelessly.

Ben: I get a monthly newsletter overviewing advances in liberty, advances in how to explain liberty concepts.

Tax: Yes

Link: http://www.theadvocates.org/

Don't Vote For Ron Paul for anything less than
Re[love]ution & Renaissance
Dennis

What "someone" did with some tithe money "owed"

(You know you're not supposed to reveal your contributions according to scripture, you're supposed to remain anonymous otherwise your attempts at "cheerfully giving" are seen as boasting and are in vain.)

Even though our public schools are not what we'd like, "someone" donated a sizeable portion of cash to the "art departments only" of the local elementary and middle schools in my area.

The kids at school are so corralled and controlled, not given much time to play or be creative. When they are "allowed" to be creative such as in art class, they have such little materials to work with (due to art being deemed "unimportant"), their abilities are limited.

"Someone" thought it would be a good idea to re-up the art supplies in the elementary and middle school, hoping that the kids would find hope in art, would help free their minds from the normal school drone and help inspire them to seek and stay on the side of Liberty and free thinking.

"Someone" asked for verified proof that the donation was spent on art supplies only and not allocated to any other department.

This donation actually had an impact on the art teacher and the entire community because it surprised and overwhelmed them so....the boon to their lives was seen as "un-ordinary", out of the blue and perhaps caused the community to further consider the other ideas that that "someone" sometimes loudly espouses. :) "Someone" got a surprise award in front of the entire graduation ceremony for their donation, with the struggling art teacher's public acknowledgement of the shock and joy it brought her.

May seem bizarre out of all the things someone could do to "donate" but the children are our future and they need a leg up now, their lives need enrichment. If the children's hearts are alive and richly dreaming, Liberty will never die!!

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer