The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation is devoted to restoring, strengthening, and protecting the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism. Its programs support limited, competent government; a dynamic marketplace for economic, intellectual, and cultural activity; and a vigorous defense, at home and abroad, of American ideas and institutions. In addition, recognizing that responsible self-government depends on enlightened citizens and informed public opinion, the Foundation supports scholarly studies and academic achievement.
Currently, the Foundation aims to encourage projects that focus on cultivating a renewed, healthier, and more vigorous sense of citizenship among the American people, and among peoples of other nations, as well.
The Foundation has identified three priority giving areas:
The Foundation supports organizations and projects that advance federalism and limit government at the national, state, and local levels. The Foundation recognizes the threat to self-government that results when decision-making is delegated to the administrative state. Finally, the Foundation recognizes the increasing threats to the rights enshrined in the First Amendment and therefore supports organizations and projects that protect free speech, restore election integrity, promote citizen political engagement, uphold the rule of law and Constitutional order, and defend the free exercise of religious freedom.
The Foundation supports organizations and projects that reduce the size and power of public sector unions, advance free trade within the rule of law, and support deregulation of markets.
The Foundation supports organizations and projects that reform and re-imagine systems and institutions of higher education; further outstanding research, teaching, and scholarship; advance alternatives to the K–12 public education monopolies; promote the teaching of American exceptionalism; encourage vocational training and other alternatives to university-based education; and support education for gifted students.
The Foundation considers requests from religious organizations and institutions only when the impact of the project extends into the broader community.
The Foundation does not provide support for individuals and does not fund unspecified overhead costs.
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