Will this statement about the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity’s funding put a rest to attacks about our funding?
The vast majority of the Center’s funding is derived from almost 500 in-state private donors, who support our mission to see Rhode Islanders live and work in a freer society. The occasional grants the Center may be awarded from national foundations are earned via a competitive grant application process in support of policy initiatives conceived by the Center.
There is no regular source of funding to our Center from any out of state group that seeks to influence our operations.Please consider a voluntary, tax-deductible subscription to keep the Current growing and free.
It is curious why our critics fail to understand that there are many, many concerned citizens in our state who share the Center’s free-enterprise vision. Such donors voluntarily choose to financially support our mission to put forth policy ideas to realize our vision to achieve increased freedom and prosperity, They, like us, believe that all citizens should be able to freely engage in a robust and honest public debate about such ideas.
The Center’s staff and Board of Directors make 100% of the decisions about which policy angles to pursue. We do not do the bidding of any outside group, however the interests of our Center and certain state and national foundations may occasionally overlap.
The answer to my question, above, is: of course not. Dark allegations about our funding are not sincere. They’re opportunistic slanders meant to belittle our work. There will never be a satisfactory level of transparency, because progressives will insinuate we’re hiding something (while attacking our supporters to chase them away).