December 2014, Volume 23, Number 6

The Institute for Justice is The National Law Firm for Liberty

By Chip Mellor IJ is in the right place at the right time with the right strategy. The need for constitutional limits on government power has never been more urgent than it is right now. The U.S. Constitution sets the rules by which government must abide. Until the courts enforce those rules, we will be…

Bill and Rebecca Dunn Liberty Defense Fund

The need to limit government growth has never been more urgent.  Longtime IJ donors Bill and Rebecca Dunn are two extraordinary individuals with a passionate commitment to liberty. They recognize that IJ is uniquely positioned to protect individual rights and limit government power at a crucial time. They wish to inspire other donors who will…

Nation Wakes Up to Horror of Civil Forfeiture

By Scott Bullock  Civil forfeiture is certainly hot right now. But all the recent attention and momentum that has been generated on this issue in the past year is not an accident. It is due to a strategic and concerted effort pursued by IJ during the last several years. In 2010, we launched our initiative…

Civil Forfeiture by the Numbers

105 ARTICLES: Since August, 105 articles from across the country have mentioned IJ’s work on civil forfeiture, including seven op-eds written by IJ staff. Some of the most popular national outlets to cover IJ’s work include: Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, BBC World News, Vox, National Law…

Bill and Rebecca Dunn Liberty Defense Fund

December 2014               Example 1 (One-time Gift):In 2013, a donor made a contribution of $5,000. In 2014, the donor increases to $25,000. The increase of $20,000 earns $10,000 in matching funds. Example 2 (Multi-year Pledge):In 2013, a donor made a contribution of $5,000. In 2014, the donor pledges to give $5,000…

Nation Wakes Up to Horror of Civil Forfeiture

December 2014  By Scott Bullock Civil forfeiture is certainly hot right now. But all the recent attention and momentum that has been generated on this issue in the past year is not an accident. It is due to a strategic and concerted effort pursued by IJ during the last several years. In 2010, we launched…

Where in the US is Liberty in Action

By Christina Walsh Liberty in Action, IJ’s activism program, inspires property owners, entrepreneurs and activists across the country to stand up to the government to reclaim their constitutional rights. We have saved more than 16,000 homes, trained 2,000 local activists, formed 50 local organizations and have been involved in 150 communities. Recently, we’ve improved vending…

IJ Activist Receives Unsung Hero Award

By Clark Neily You don’t need to be an IJ client to change the world. And no one knows that better than Patti Morrow. If you want to impose anticompetitive licensing requirements on interior designers, you’ll have to go through Patti. And you’d better think again. I met Patti eight years ago when she was…

Ending Forfeiture

By Larry Salzman As IJ supporters know, civil forfeiture laws allow the government to take cash, cars and other property merely suspected of being involved in a crime. The proceeds are then given to the very agencies that seize the money and property, creating an incentive to abuse the power. And the government is increasingly…

IJ Clinic Promotes Entrepreneurship On the South Side of Chicago

By Brooke Fallon When you hear the words “South Side of Chicago,” you might not think “entrepreneurship” or “small business.” But at a recent IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship event on the South Side, that is exactly what was on display. On October 1, we hosted the South Side Pitch, modeled after the popular TV show…

IJ Perseveres in North Carolina

By Renée Flaherty In January, IJ intervened to defend North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program. Today, the program is up and running because of IJ’s perseverance. The Opportunity Scholarship Program provides scholarships of up to $4,200 to low-income families across North Carolina to fund their children’s education at a private school of their choice. Enacted in 2013,…

IJ Receives Charity Navigator’s Highest Rating

For the 13th consecutive year, IJ has received Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating for financial management, accountability and transparency. This achievement underscores IJ’s ability to continually operate at peak level and, according to Charity Navigator, means we are well-positioned to pursue and achieve long-term change. With this rating, IJ remains in the top one percent…

All In For Freedom

In October, nearly 200 IJ Partners, Four Pillars Society members, staff and clients gathered in Palm Beach, Fla., for IJ’s fifth Partners Retreat. Attendees participated in a full day of exciting and creative presentations that delved into all dimensions of IJ’s work. They learned how IJ’s entrepreneurial spirit, passion and perseverance make possible dramatic victories…

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