When funds allow, Atlas extends “Fisher Venture Grants” to some of the most promising young organizations in its network. Grants are structured over three years with a matching funds challenge, and ongoing mentoring from Atlas. One part of the grant will be structured as a matching program, providing strong incentive for think tanks to develop a base of local supporters.
These grants were inspired by the generosity of the late Dorian Fisher – the wife of Antony Fisher, who was instrumental in his founding of Atlas in 1981 – and the many current Atlas donors who are inspired by the Fisher legacy.
Dorian and Antony believed that independent think tanks can produce enormous leverage for changing the climate of ideas in a country. They saw that investments in emerging think tanks could be extremely cost-effective, especially when complemented with mentoring to further improve those think tanks’ prospects for long-term success.
In the first year, over 180 different think tanks applied for this honor. The inaugural class of Fisher Venture Grantees were presented at the Atlas Liberty Forum in Atlanta, April 25-27, 2007.