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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

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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 partners 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. Today, Atlas Network connects more than 500 think tanks in nearly 100 countries. Each of our partners is demonstrating how principled work affects public opinion in favor of a free society. To win the long-term policy battles that will shape history, we need individuals to champion freedom and create credible institutes—well-managed and independent of vested interests—that use sound business practices to advance sound public policy ideas.

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
Adults
Activists

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
Adults
Activists

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
Adults
Activists

Where we work

Our results

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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
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Think Tank Support and Training Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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Think Tank Support and Training Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of organizational partners

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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

Number of countries with partner activity

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Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Think Tank Support and Training Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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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.

We believe that all individuals have the right to pursue opportunities, enjoy success, and live a life of freedom without coercion or persecution. And so we tirelessly aid in the unshackling of individual liberty, free enterprise, and voluntary cooperation to prevent future poverty.

Atlas Network cultivates a network of partners that share this vision. To accelerate the pace of achievement by our partners in their local communities, Atlas Network’s unique Coach, Compete, Celebrate!™ strategic model inspires our partners to improve performance and achieve extraordinary outcomes.

Atlas Network provides world-class seminars, workshops, mentoring, and other learning opportunities that inspire professionalism and create a sense of one community among our independent partners. We offer grants and prizes that fuel our partners’ efforts to strive for greater development, innovation, and success. We foster togetherness and teamwork and fuel our partners’ ambitions by celebrating wins and broadcasting their accomplishments. This approach seeks to strengthen the worldwide freedom movement by expanding and energizing the global network of think tank leaders and staff to continually inspire and redefine excellence in advancing the cause 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 500 partners in 96 countries.

Atlas Network’s independent partners have different goals, but all share a commitment to free markets, individual liberty, property rights, limited government, and the rule of law.


Our $15 million in annual revenue supports 39 full time staff and allows us to disburse more than $5 million in grants annually to our partner think tanks. We have disbursed over $25 million in partner grants since 2015.

Over the past decade, our Atlas Network Academy has trained 1078 think tank professionals from the U.S. and Canada. Top organizations regularly send staff to our training programs, and many leading think tank CEOs prioritize Atlas Network programs as their most valued tool for continued professional development.

Atlas Network’s annual Liberty Forum in New York City is recognized as one of the freedom movement’s few “must attend” annual events. The University of Pennsylvania’s annual rankings consistently put Atlas Network among the top three free-market organizations on its Best Think Tank Conference list.

For 2019, 1239 partner staff completed training. We doubled our instructor-led online course completion rates to more than 30%; the industry in online completion rates is around 10%. Finally, we had 105 senior think tank leaders (director level and above) participate in our leadership development programs this past year (CEO Summits, Global Influencer Summit, Mentorship program, and Smith Fellowship), which doubled our participation from 2018.

We are also pleased with our success in achieving successes that show up in international metrics. Beginning in 2016, we challenged our international partners to improve economic freedom in their country in ways that show up on third-party indices like the World Bank’s Doing Business report and the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World Report.

Our first pilot project put $2 million into 29 projects designed by our partners. More than one-third of this portfolio yielded policy successes within a three-year window. Academic research shows a strong association between increases in economic freedom and reductions in poverty, and we have been presenting the success of our strategy to audiences that rarely hear a free-market message, including at the 2020 AidEx summit in Brussels and IDFC's retreat in India with Tony Blair.

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 01/31/2023
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Board chair

Debbi Gibbs

Just Managing

Lawson Bader

Donors Trust

Luis Henrique Ball

GrupoCiencia

Scott Barbee

Aegis Financial Corporation

Thomas Beach

Beach Investment Council, Inc.

Robert Boyd

Private Investor

Montgomery Brown

Sarah Scaife Foundation

Linda Edwards

Institute of Economic Affairs

Jean-Claude Gruffat

Weild & Co.

Nikolaos Monoyios

Eagle Valley Ranch LLC

Parth Shah

Center for Civil Society

Kathryn Washburn

Niskanen Center

Dan Grossman

Private Investor

Gerry Ohrstrom

Private Investor

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