The Institute for
Justice is a non-profit legal foundation that pursues cases "with
the aim of empowering individuals, particularly those on the bottom
rung of the economic ladder, with greater control over their own lives
as free and responsible members of society."
I've now been giving them money for a while, and I'm quite impressed.
They focus on underrepresented groups who are being shut out of jobs
or other opportunities by government licensing requirements or other
red tape. Some examples include minorities wanting to offer
unregulated taxi (jitney) service in New York City and Las Vegas, and
people who want to charge to do interesting braiding of hair. Both
are prohibited or highly restricted, preventing people from offering
services which are manifestly desired by real customers.
The Trickle Up Program is an
international nonprofit organization
which helps the poorest of the poor create and build their own small
businesses. Trickle Up has helped create more than 42,000 businesses
in 108 countries in the past 15 years, creating income and
self-employment for more than 250,000 small family-sized businesses.
It works by providing a $100 conditional grant in two $50 installments
to families or groups to start a business. The first $50 is given to a
group which completes a Business Plan, agrees to invest 1,000 hours of
work in 3 months, and reinvests 20% of their profit in the enterprise.
The group receives the second $50 after completing a Business Report
showing that the conditions of the grant have been met.
Nature Conservancy buys land that has significant ecological
value, and then manages it. They manage many preserves and parks
around the world, many of which members or the public have access to.
They occasionally give land to a government unit :-( when they think
it will be able to do a better (or more cost effective) job of
Here are some other Nature Conservancy sites
Lycos knows about.
The Advocates for Self
Government is a non-profit educational organization. Their purpose
statement says they 'present the freedom philosophy honestly and
persuasively to opinion-makers so that they can encounter, evaluate,
and when ready, embrace the ideals of self-government.'
The Pacific Legal
Foundation describes itself as
a voice for mainstream America before the courts. Its chief client is
the average American who believes in and supports individual and
economic freedoms, including concepts of private property rights,
limited government, and the free enterprise system. PLF's objective
is to ensure that balance and common sense form the basis upon which
laws and regulations are administered and interpreted.
The PLF has litigated and won many cases concerning regulatory takings
of private property.
Donations can be sent to:
Pacific Legal Foundation
2151 River Plaza Drive
Sacramento, California 95833.
I work on privacy issues with
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.
Please look at my FAQ on Social Security Numbers.
(Forfeiture Endangers American Rights) works to
stop the terror of government forfeiture, a practice in which law
enforcement agents seize property as punishment. They can often do
this with much less evidence than is required for a criminal
conviction, and seldom have to take their evidence to court, since
they have taken away the assets with which one might have paid a
lawyer to fight them.
(1) forfeiture assets should go to a general fund and not to
agencies that seize them, (2) civil forfeiture cases should regard the
suspect as innocent until proven guilty, and (3) penalties should be
commensurate with the crime.
Address 265 Miller Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Voice (415) 388-8128
Also see the
description in the Bay Area Progressive Directory
and Stanton McCandlish's description of FEAR's
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