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New $1 Million Challenge Grant Aims to Grow IJ’s Base of Support

The stories in this issue of Liberty & Law—and those from throughout this year—demonstrate that IJ’s work to make America a more just and free place for everyone has never been more important. And we’ve never been more successful. Despite the challenges of 2020, we have more cases in litigation than ever before and have notched litigation victories that include wins at the U.S. Supreme Court, two state supreme courts, and four federal courts of appeals. That’s on top of victories in legislatures and communities across the country that brought real-world change for countless Americans.

Two longtime IJ donors want this success to continue—and they want to secure it into the future. They recognize that, to accomplish this goal, it is critical that we bring on board new supporters: not only people who agree with IJ’s mission and strategies, but also—crucially—those who will support it financially.

So the two generous donors issued a $1 million challenge grant to match, dollar for dollar, donations to IJ from new and lapsed supporters.

How to Participate in the $1 Million New Donor Challenge Grant

If you have never supported IJ before—or if it has been more than two years since your last gift—now is an opportune time to contribute. Your gift will be doubled thanks to the challenge grant, making your support for IJ go even further. What’s more, while matching funds are available, the donors who provided this challenge grant also pledged to match second contributions from any donor who gives through this campaign.

To participate, simply return the envelope in this magazine with a donation by check or credit card or go online to ij.org/donate. You can also contribute by phone by calling (703) 682-9323, ext. 399.

If you are already a supporter of IJ but want to be part of our push to earn the full $1 million in matching funds, we would love to have your help!

Referrals are an incredibly important source of support, and some of IJ’s most generous and steadfast contributors were first referred to us by a friend.

Referrals can be as simple as an email or conversation about an IJ case or issue you find particularly compelling. We would also be happy to send you extra copies of this issue of Liberty & Law to share or to send a copy directly to someone you recommend. If you would like extra issues of Liberty & Law or other IJ materials, simply email melanie@ij.org.

Another option is to sponsor a crowdfunding campaign through IJ’s website. You can set goals, match donations, and tell your network why you believe supporting the Institute for Justice makes a difference. All contributions will go directly to our work fighting government abuse and protecting individual rights.
Go to ij.org/sponsor-a-crowdfunding-campaign-for-ij/ to get started.

As we approach our fourth decade of litigating for liberty, there is no limit on what we can achieve with increased support for our strategic and principled approach to change. Thank you for putting IJ in a position of strength—and for helping secure our future at this extraordinary time.

Melanie Hildreth is IJ’s vice president for external relations.

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