Frequently Asked Questions

1. Giving: All you need to know about your donation

2. Are there any think tanks in my country?

3. How do I become part of Atlas’s global network of think tanks?

4. Does Atlas distribute grants? And if so, how?

5. I am thinking about starting a think tank. What is my first step?

6. I am looking for ways to get involved with Atlas. Where do I start?

7. I would like to meet more Freedom Champions and learn about liberty. Where can I learn about Atlas’s global events?

8. Where can I find Atlas’s past articles and blog posts?

9. Was Atlas named after the book Atlas Shrugged? Is it associated with either the Atlas Society or Ayn Rand Institute?

10. Where can I find video recordings from past Atlas events?

11. Who is Sir Antony Fisher and what does he have to do with Atlas?

12. Where in the world does Atlas work?

13. Which logo should I use in reference to Atlas’s work?


1. Giving: All you need to know about your donation

Atlas is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Atlas is not endowed and does not accept government funding. All of its programs depend upon the generosity of foundations, individuals, and corporations.

By check: Send checks or money orders for general donations to our Washington, D.C. office at: Atlas Network, 1201 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20005.

By phone: Call our office at (202) 449-8449, Monday through Friday between 9:00-5:30 E.S.T.

Online: Check out many different giving options on our donate page. We use Piryx, Inc. to process all online donations. Don’t worry; you don’t need an account with them. And we’ll never share your information with anyone. When you make an online donation to Atlas, your statement will show a transaction with “PIRYX, INC”.

Wire donations, stock transfers & estate planning: Please contact Kelly.Ream@AtlasNetwork.org for detailed information.

International donations: Only donations from within the U.S. are tax-deductible but Atlas accepts donations by credit card, check or money order from nearly everywhere in the world. Click here to make a contribution by credit card today.

USD money orders: Collect donations in your currency, then mail a USD money order to Atlas Network, 1201 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20005. Money orders should be made payable to Atlas Network.

Tax-deductibility: Atlas is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and therefore, all U.S. donations made directly to Atlas are tax-deductible. All donors, online and offline, receive a formal letter of acknowledgment which serves as an official tax receipt. Our audited financials as well as our 501(c)(3) exemption certificate can be found online here.


2. Are there any think tanks in my country?

The number of think tanks in each country is constantly changing. Atlas currently works with over 400 think tanks, as well as many aspiring Intellectual Entrepreneurs, in more than 80 countries. To see what organizations are active in your country, check the online Atlas Global Directory.


3. How do I become part of Atlas’s global network of think tanks?

Atlas encourages Freedom Champions and think tanks to stay in touch with Atlas through our Institute Relations team and by looking at the products and trainings offered through the Atlas Leadership Academy. Sign up to be a Network Member here. Atlas works with a wide array of individuals and organizations around the world, and we may be able to introduce you to helpful contacts who share your goals. In addition, Atlas has several products that allow you to become more involved with the greater think tank movement:

Directory: Atlas has compiled a listing of free-market focused think tanks around the world; look for partners in your country or region using the Atlas Global Directory.

Flagship Events: Each year Atlas hosts the Liberty Forum — one of the freedom movement’s “must-attend” events, providing prime opportunities for learning about and networking with the global think tank network. In addition, there are local and regional regional meetings that can provide an introduction to the broader network. Atlas compiles information on these events, as well as other local meetings, on its Global Events Calendar.

Subscribe: to our Highlights electronic newsletter by entering your information in the box on the upper right hand side of this page, and regularly check out our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. This way you will receive regular news about the work of think tanks around the world, whether it be a new study, an effective article, a conference or an award opportunity.


4. Does Atlas distribute grants? And if so, how?

As a support organization, the greatest value Atlas can provide for a young institute is through connections to other friends in the movement who are experiencing, or have experienced challenges similar to what you are facing now. To complement this support, we also provide management training, recognition through various award programs, and access to think tank leaders from around the world.

At times, when funding is available, Atlas is able to provide “seed funding” for young institutes, on a case by case basis. as we are not an endowed organization, we have to raise funds year-to-year to offer this form of financial support. Atlas awards grants to nonprofit organizations that share its vision of a society of free and responsible individuals and that show exceptional promise for winning policy victories for liberty.

With modest resources available for grants, we can only fund a fraction of the worthy proposals received. Although many donors prefer to remain anonymous, all are invested personally and financially in the advancement of liberty throughout the world. We are grateful to the generous individuals and foundations that, through their giving, make it possible to extend Atlas-sponsored grants to think tanks in the Atlas Network.

Atlas-sponsored grants can support specific projects, or provide general operating support to organizations within the Atlas Network. Atlas is not endowed and accepts no government funding, so its capacity to give is restricted by its own fundraising success. Support is typically awarded in modest amounts of $3,000 to $5,000, and only on rare occasions will it exceed $8,000.

Specific guidelines can be found here.


5. I am thinking about starting a think tank. What is my first step?

Atlas strives to provide personal assistance to individuals who are starting a free-market institute. Through the Atlas Leadership Academy individuals can participate in online trainings that will walk you through the early stages of starting a think-tank, via the Think Tank 101 course.


6. I am looking for ways to get involved with Atlas. Where do I start?

You can start by getting involved with our social networks including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, and Flickr pages. If you are looking to contribute in more tangible ways, check out this page for different ways to support Atlas. If you’re eager to become a network member and participate in the Atlas Leadership Academy, click here.


7. I would like to meet more Freedom Champions and learn about liberty. Where can I learn about Atlas’s global events?

Atlas hosts the annual Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner. We also host regular Liberty Café meetings in Washington D.C. You can learn more about Atlas’s events on our Events page and Facebook pages. Additionally Atlas supports a Global Events Calendar where we list, by region, upcoming free market events being held around the world.


8. Where can I find Atlas’s past articles and blog posts?

Atlas has made way for recent and upcoming news by archiving blog posts and materials. Check out the Archives section to find what you are looking for.


9. Was Atlas named after the book Atlas Shrugged? Is it associated with either the Atlas Society or Ayn Rand Institute?

The name was not derived from the book, in fact the word “Atlas” in our name has to do with the global nature of our work. And although we share many of the free-market values found in Atlas Shrugged and held by the Atlas Society and Ayn Rand Institute, but we are quite separate organizations.


10. Where can I find video recordings from past Atlas events?

So you really loved that speech! Now you can watch it over and over again and even share it with your friends. Visit the Archives section of this website to find the video you are looking for. Please give Atlas 10 days to edit and upload the video to the web. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please email erin.wildermuth@atlasnetwork.org and we will respond as fast as possible.


11. Who is Sir Antony Fisher and what does he have to do with Atlas?

Sir Antony Fisher is the founder of Atlas. To learn more read the Founder’s Story.


12. Where in the world does Atlas work?

Atlas is headquartered in Washington DC, but it supports a network of think tanks that spans the globe. These think tanks are run independently with local leadership. Atlas has established some joint-programs with think tanks in the network, and it contracts with field representatives in various countries, who manage and contribute to our discovery and outreach programs. You can consult the Atlas Global Directory to learn about hundreds of think tanks that are connected by the Atlas Network.

13. Which logo should I use in reference to Atlas’s work?

Please click here for more information about our logos.

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