Atlas Network

Strengthening the Worldwide Freedom Movement

aka Atlas Network, Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Atlas   |   Arlington, VA   |  www.AtlasNetwork.org

Mission

Atlas Network increases opportunity and prosperity by strengthening a global network or independent civil society organizations that promote individual freedom and remove barriers to human flourishing.

Ruling year info

1981

CEO

Mr. Bradley Lips

Main address

4075 Wilson Blvd. Suite 310 Two Liberty Center

Arlington, VA 22203 USA

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EIN

94-2763845

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (R05)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Private Grantmaking Foundations (T20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Atlas Network is committed to advancing the principles of a free society so that all individuals around the world can benefit from the blessings of liberty and build more prosperous lives for themselves. Far too many people are trapped in poverty by despotic, corrupt, ineffective, or overly burdensome governments. Atlas Network works with our local parnters to remove the barriers to free enterprise and entrepreneurship so that people around the world can build wealth and prosperity for themselves, their families, communities, and countries.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Think Tank Support and Training Programs

Atlas strengthens new and established think tanks in different regions of the world, through regional support programs, advisory services, training workshops, and network/skill-building events.

Atlas provides comprehensive, challenging, and multi-disciplinary training programs designed to accelerate the success of think tank leaders.

In parts of the world where ideas of liberty are poorly understood, Atlas runs outreach & discovery programs to jump-start classical liberal movements by creating interesting content and engaging programs; and to identify potential Intellectual Entrepreneurs.

In addition, Atlas holds the annual Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner, in addition to other smaller events, to provide important networking opportunity to Atlas's partners and supporters.

Population(s) Served

Atlas administers awards programs that recognize the outstanding educational work by think tanks, in order to bring more attention to the public benefits of these institutes and to create better incentives for the broader sector.

The Templeton Freedom Awards, the Sir Antony Fisher Award, and other awards and prize programs recognize institutes who exemplify exceptional performance.

Population(s) Served

Atlas capitalizes on its position at the hub of the worldwide network of free-market think tanks by mobilizing network members toward shared goals, forming strategic collaborations, and addressing neglected policy topics. Atlas provides grants and fellowships to institutions and scholars who are working to improve the understanding of the workings of a free and prosperous society

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients who complete job skills training

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Think Tank Support and Training Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019, Atlas Network trained 925 individuals. In 2018, Atlas Network trained 942 individuals with 69 graduating from the Atlas Network Leadership Academy

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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Think Tank Support and Training Programs

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2018 Atlas Network awarded $5,027,265 in grants across 85 countries supporting 167 partners.

Number of donors retained

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new donors

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Increasing

Number of requests for advocate products or information, including downloads or page views of online material

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of views of videos produced by trainees in our Lights, Camera, Liberty training program.

Number of organizational partners

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Think Tank Support and Training Programs

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

At the end of 2017, Atlas Network had 483 partner organizations in 91 countries around the world.

Number of countries with partner activity

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Related Program

Think Tank Support and Training Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through interactive online courses, webinars, in-person trainings, and one-on-one mentorships, Atlas Network's Leadership Academy trained 942 individuals from 98 countries in 2017.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Founded in 1981, Atlas Network works to strengthen the worldwide freedom movement by identifying, training, and supporting individuals with the potential to found and develop effective independent organizations that promote our vision of a free society in every country. Atlas Network's ultimate goal is a free, prosperous and peaceful world where limited governments defend the rule of law, private property and free markets.

Atlas Network's goals focus on seeing a measurable strengthening of the free market think tank network, increasing Atlas Network's brand reputation as the leading provider of training services for free-market public policy organizations, and expanding Atlas's online presence to reach a broader audience.

Atlas Network fulfills its mission by helping to launch and improve organizations that advance the ideas of liberty. We work with leaders and staff at every stage of organizational development. From discovering and encouraging passionate candidates to hosting international strategy forums, Atlas has resources for everyone interested in promoting free market ideas.

We organize our programs according to four categories:
- Outreach and Discovery: Spreading our principles and finding future leaders in parts of the world where the ideas of liberty are in scarce supply
- Training: providing practical instruction on best management practices and strategic thinking
- Grants and Awards: Providing critical seed funding to start-ups and rewarding excellence among top think tanks
- Networking and Collaboration: creating social capital and using economies of scale to advance the ideas of liberty

While our goals are ambitious, Atlas Network and its staff have the skills and resources to achieve them. For more than three decades, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation (also known as the Atlas Network) has been playing an important behind-the-scenes role in nurturing a worldwide movement to advance the ideas of a free society. In that time, the Atlas Network has grown from barely a dozen think tanks to more than 450 partners in 90 countries. Atlas works with both conservative and libertarian organizations that share a common commitment to protecting free enterprise from overbearing governments. This creates network effects above and beyond the value created via our designed programs.

Atlas CEO Brad Lips presides over a leadership team that includes Alejandro Chafuen, Leonard Liggio, and Tom Palmer. He has recruited a talented younger team that has improved the operational efficiency of Atlas markedly in recent years. Those working within Atlas's Washington DC headquarters are complemented by senior fellows -- such as Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa, monetary expert Judy Shelton, and FoxNews contributor Deroy Murdock – and foreign contractors running outreach programs in Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and ten other languages to continue expanding the Atlas footprint.

Atlas has also earned a reputation for holding the international freedom movement's event of the year, the Atlas Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner. Reliably hosting representatives of about 50 countries, Atlas's flagship event is like a more action-oriented Mont Pelerin Society meeting. It attracts international stars like Chen Guangcheng, Mart Laar, Steve Forbes, and Jose Maria Aznar, while also putting a spotlight on emerging leaders in the freedom movement.

Many of these emerging leaders have participated in Atlas Leadership Academy training programs, where they are vetted by Atlas staff and given tools for accelerating the progress of their independent organizations.

Over the last 2.5 years, Atlas Network has invested $1,975,000 in reforms expanding economic choices in 29 countries. To date, grantees in 10 of those countries have achieved reforms measured by the World Bank's Doing Business report. When you apply the finding that for every five percentage point increase on the Doing Business report a country achieves, the poverty rate (using the commonly agreed upon $1.90/day threshold) goes down one percentage point, those 10 wins translate to 405,000 people lifting themselves out of poverty. Based on the total investment, that represents a cost of $4.88 per person.

This strategy is intended to break down the barriers to prosperity and opportunity around the world and is a testament
to the potential of locally grown solutions to local challenges.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Atlas Network

Board of directors
as of 5/20/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Linda Whetstone

No Affiliation

Term: 2017 -


Board co-chair

Debbi Gibbs

Charles Albers

John Blundell

Mont Pelerin Society

Timothy Browne

Orinoco Foundation

Dan Grossman

Foundation for Economic Education

Gerry Ohrstrom

Vistan Corporation

George Pearson

Cato Institute

Andrea Rich

Foundation for Economic Education

Rene Scull

United Distillers de Venezuela

William Sumner

University of San Francisco

Linda Whetstone

Curtin Winsor

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes