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Lawson Bader

About Lawson Bader

Since 2015, Lawson Bader serves as president and CEO of DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund. Before coming to DonorsTrust, he amassed twenty years’ experience leading free-market research and advocacy groups including the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He began his career in DC in as special assistant at the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, then worked as a legislative analyst/paralegal with Pierson, Semmes & Finley, and managed government relations at SRI International. He is a former weekly columnist with Human Events, and serves on the governing boards of the Atlas Network, State Policy Network, Oakseed Ministries International, and Solers, Inc. Lawson earned a BA in political science from Wheaton College (IL) and an MA in public policy from The Johns Hopkins University.
Cultivating Freedom Abroad, From Principles to Products

Cultivating Freedom Abroad, From Principles to Products

You’ve probably encountered the phrase “Think globally, act locally.” Maybe you’ve seen its close cousins, the “Buy Local” or “Fair Trade” campaigns.

David Brower, the founder of Earth Day, coined the phrase to empower local activists to see globalism, trade, and business creativity as threatening the planet’s overall health. It springs from a misguided understanding of economics.

Specifically (although correctly), …

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Storytelling for Liberty: Connecting Our Principles to the Heart

Storytelling for Liberty: Connecting Our Principles to the Heart

Phrases are not simply words, but keys that unlock imagination.  That’s why books are powerful.  But isn’t there an extra ingredient?  Grammatically correct sentences placed in logical order might work for the Toyota owner’s manual, but they don’t tell a story.  And a well-told (or written) story soothes the soul.

Everyone Loves a Good Story

If you appreciate good children’s …

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Attending Special Events: Tolerating the Rubber Chicken

Attending Special Events: Tolerating the Rubber Chicken

It’s not culinary excellence, but the fact remains we tolerate rubber chicken, wearing a cummerbund, and searching for that matching clutch. Dressing up for “the event” can be fun, but, let’s face it, it can also be a chore.

I attend many social gatherings, and I sometimes feel this way. In fact, here in the nation’s capital, we refer nerdily …

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Political Threats to Donor Privacy Hurt Everyone

Political Threats to Donor Privacy Hurt Everyone

Nineteen Senators recently took to the Senate floor in a coordinated effort to denounce over 30 non-profit public policy “think tanks”. These groups’ crimes? Producing research and policy recommendations that differed from positions taken by those same Senators.

This is not the first time politicians have used political power to challenge or undermine individuals and groups they considered to be …

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Valuing Private Solutions to Make Society Better

Valuing Private Solutions to Make Society Better

I flew across The Pond last week for a conference with leaders and analysts of many UK and European policy shops. My reasons for attending for varied. On one hand, I fulfilled a teaching role, leading a conversation about the relationship between foundations (donors) and policy-oriented charities (think tanks) and how that relationship can be improved and strengthened.

On the …

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Does Trust Matter?

Does Trust Matter?

The other day, I walked by my bookcase and lingered on Francis Fukuyama’s Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity. I knew Frank from our days together at George Mason University. In fact, one of the earliest educational programs I organized was a salon-like conversation among Frank and a dozen senior congressional staff on the social fabric …

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