Religion, Spiritual Development

Acton Institute For The Study of Religion And Liberty

  • GRAND RAPIDS , MI
  • www.acton.org

Mission Statement

To promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.

Main Programs

  1. Acton University
  2. Poverty Cure

service areas

International

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ruling year

1990

chief executive for fy 1990

Mr. Kris Alan Mauren

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Keywords

liberty, free market, morality, religion, freedom, capitalism

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EIN

38-2926822

Physical Address

98 E. Fulton

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Also Known As

Acton Institute

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (X05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Impact statement

Connecting good intentions to sound economics.

Programs

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Program 1

Acton University

Acton University is a unique, four-day exploration of the intellectual foundations of a free society. Guided by a distinguished, international faculty, Acton University is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and integrate rigorous philosophy, Christian theology and sound economics.

Category

Education

Budget

$4,509,271.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Program 2

Poverty Cure

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Category

None

Budget

Population Served

None

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None

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Vision of the Acton Institute is to be the most respected intellectual resource and recognized expert authority worldwide on the interplay between theology and economics evidenced by leading international civic, business, academic, and religious leaders seeking out our effective educational programs, publications, advice, and comments.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Ideas can have good consequences. The world is full of ideas - unfortunately, many are bad and others never see the light of day. To be successful in the marketplace of ideas, Acton's approach includes three main goals. First, start with the right ideas, which for Acton is a combination of theology and economics. Second, target and influential audience, in our case, religious leaders and influential believers who hold moral authority and have large teaching platforms. Finally, we create value with a strategy that leverages our unique ideas, comprehensive programming and competitive advantage.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Due to the specialized nature of our work, there are few nonprofits in the world that compete with us directly. At the same time, this missional diversity allows us to reach out to multiple audiences -- clergy, lay leaders, businesspeople, nonprofit adminstrators, graduate students -- in a way that few other organizations can. Crossing all denominational lines, Acton's products and programs teach free enterprise and free-market economics to people of myriad backgrounds and professions, empowering them to help their own communities with policies that are both proven and effective.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Acton Institute systematically measures every project it undertakes. More importantly, the Institute makes this information available for general review and critique, sharing these metrics with internal and external stakeholders in order to maintain sound operational and investment decision-making. After comprehensively evaluating our progress over the past several years, the Acton Institute has noticed substantial pay-offs in terms of its sensitivity to data, its ability to respond to new data in a timely manner, and its commitment to remain transparent and receptive to its donors. Below are some of the specially designed tools we use to ensure effectiveness.

    1.) The State of the Institute Report is a comprehensive series of measurement tools that provide a six-month overview of the Institute. The report conveys information by utilizing nearly 100 metrics.

    2.) Monthly Management Dashboards assess three critical departments at the Acton Institute: fundraising, finance, and media. These dashboards simplify tactical and strategic decision-making, and Acton’s Board of Directors receives this information directly along with a number of other Institute-wide metrics.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    1.) PovertyCure—our multi-year educational effort promoting enterprise-driven solutions to systemic poverty—is well underway. Last November, we released the centerpiece element of the initiative, a six-lesson DVD curriculum designed for group, homeschool, and individual study. Through interviews with religious and political leaders, as well as entrepreneurs, missionaries, and renowned development experts, the curriculum explores the powerful resources that free markets and a moral culture bring to the pursuit of human flourishing. The curriculum is accompanied by a participant guide offering in-depth questions to stimulate discussion and insight. Over 1,000 copies have been ordered by prominent organizations around the world, while nearly 250 partner NGOs, ministries, and universities are promoting the curriculum to their own millions of constituents.

    2.) One of our longest-running and most important activities is Acton University, our flagship conference. Acton University is a four-day exploration of the intellectual foundations of a free and virtuous society, taking place annually in Grand Rapids. At each conference hundreds of graduate students, nonprofit administrators, businesspeople, and clergy come together to learn about the complementarity between morality and freedom. This international conference has grown exponentially since its beginnings; between 2005 and 2010, the number of course offerings nearly doubled while the participant body virtually tripled and the number of applicants more than quadrupled. These numbers, in concert with exemplary evaluation results and heartfelt testimonials, demonstrated to us the value of Acton University, and the need to make the conference available to more people. We are currently expanding the conference with an ultimate goal of accommodating 1,000 influential current and future leaders in 2014.

service areas

International

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ACTON INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGION AND LIBERTY
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Acton Institute For The Study of Religion And Liberty

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mr. Kris Alan Mauren

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"The financial crisis weighs heavily on the cause of free markets and the political climate now favors more intrusive intervention in the
economy.  It is crucial that our voice is heard."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. David C Humphreys

Tamko Roofing

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