FAQS

General

Are there any think tanks in my country?

The number of think tanks in each country is constantly changing. Atlas Network currently works with over 400 think tanks, as well as many aspiring Intellectual Entrepreneurs, in more than 80 countries. To see what organizations are active in your country, check the online Atlas Network Global Directory.

Does Atlas Network distribute grants? And if so, how?

As a support organization, the greatest value Atlas Network can provide for a young institute is through connections to other friends in the movement who are experiencing, or have experienced, challenges similar to what you are facing now. To complement this support, we also provide management training, recognition through various award programs, and access to think tank leaders from around the world.

At times, when funding is available, Atlas Network is able to provide “seed funding” for young institutes, on a case by case basis. As we are not an endowed organization, we have to raise funds year-to-year to offer this form of financial support. Atlas Network awards grants to nonprofit organizations that share its vision of a society of free and responsible individuals and that show exceptional promise for winning policy victories for liberty.

With modest resources available for grants, we can only fund a fraction of the worthy proposals we receive. Although many donors prefer to remain anonymous, all are invested personally and financially in the advancement of liberty throughout the world. We are grateful to the generous individuals and foundations that, through their giving, make it possible to extend Atlas Network-sponsored grants to think tanks in the Atlas Network.

Atlas Network-sponsored grants can support specific projects, or provide general operating support to organizations within the Atlas Network. Support is typically awarded in modest amounts of $5,000 to $10,000, and only on rare occasions will it exceed $20,000.

More information can be found here.

Giving: All you need to know about your donation.

Atlas Network is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Atlas Network is not endowed and does not accept government funding. All of its programs depend upon the generosity of foundations, individuals, and corporations.

By check: Send checks or money orders for general donations to our Washington, D.C. office at: Atlas Network, 1201 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20005.

By phone: Call our office at (202) 449-8449, Monday through Friday between 9:00-5:30 E.S.T.

Online: Check out many different giving options on our donate page. We use Stripe, Inc. to process all online donations. Don’t worry; you don’t need an account with them. And we’ll never share your financial information with anyone.

Wire donations, stock transfers & estate planning: Please contact Chelsea.Albers@AtlasNetwork.org for detailed information.

International donations: Only donations from within the U.S. are tax-deductible but Atlas Network accepts donations by credit card, check or money order from nearly everywhere in the world. Click here to make a contribution by credit card today.

USD money orders: Collect donations in your currency, then mail a USD money order to Atlas Network, 1201 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20005. Money orders should be made payable to Atlas Network.

Tax-deductibility: Atlas Network is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and therefore, all U.S. donations made directly to Atlas Network are tax-deductible. All donors, online and offline, receive a formal letter of acknowledgment which serves as an official tax receipt. Our audited financials as well as our 501(c)(3) exemption certificate can be found online here.

How do I become part of Atlas Network’s global network of think tanks?

If you operate an organization committed to advancing liberty, you can apply to become a partner of the Atlas Network by contacting Elisa.Martins@AtlasNetwork.org. Partners are eligible and encouraged to apply for any of Atlas Network's many training, grant and networking opportunities. If you are an individual not associated with an organization, we invite you to enroll today in Atlas Leadership Academy and to learn more about how you can advance liberty in your region. Atlas Network works with a wide array of individuals and organizations around the world, and we may be able to introduce you to helpful contacts who share your goals. In addition, Atlas Network has several products that allow you to become more involved with the greater think tank movement:

Directory: Atlas Network has compiled a listing of free-market focused think tanks around the world; look for partners in your country or region using the Atlas Network Global Directory.

Flagship Events: Each year Atlas Network hosts the Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner — one of the freedom movement’s “must-attend” events, providing prime opportunities for learning about and networking with the global think tank network. In addition, there are local and regional meetings that can provide an introduction to the broader network. Atlas Network shares information on these events, as well as other local meetings, on its events page.

Subscribe to our AtlasNetwork World10 electronic newsletter by entering your information at the bottom of this page, and regularly check out our website, Facebook and Twitter pages. This way you will receive regular news about the work of think tanks around the world, whether it be a new study, an insightful article, a conference or an award opportunity.

I am looking for ways to get involved with Atlas Network. Where do I start?

You can start by getting involved with our social networks including FacebookTwitter, YouTubeVimeo, and Flickr pages. If you are looking to contribute in more tangible ways, check out this page for different ways to support Atlas Network. If you’re eager to become a network member and participate in the Atlas Leadership Academy, click here.

I am thinking about starting a think tank. What is my first step?

Atlas Network strives to provide personal assistance to individuals who are starting a free-market institute. Through the Atlas Leadership Academy individuals can participate in online training programs that will walk you through the early stages of starting a think-tank, via the Think Tank 101 Online course.

I would like to meet more Freedom Champions and learn about liberty. Where can I learn about Atlas Network’s global events?

Atlas Network hosts the annual Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner. We also host regular Liberty Cafe meetings in Washington D.C. You can learn more about Atlas Network’s events and free-market events around the world on our Events page and Facebook pages. 

Is Atlas Network a different organization than the Atlas Economic Research Foundation?

No. Atlas Network is the trade name we adopted officially in 2013 for the Atlas Economic Research Foundation (which remains our corporate legal name). We use Atlas Network to emphasize the value created by connecting our independent partners across the U.S. and around the world. We also found that our legal name gave the false impression that we publish economic forecasts (that is something many of our partners do, but not our Atlas Network team) or that we are an endowed grant-giving foundation (we do give seed grants and project funding to some of our partners — but this is only possible because of donors who support our work year-to-year). There are other independent organizations that are sometimes confused with Atlas Network because of their similar names — including organizations we admire like Atlas Corps, Atlas Society (previously The Objectivist Center), and Fundación Atlas para una Sociedad Libre in Argentina — but Atlas Economic Research Foundation and Atlas Network are one and the same.

Was Atlas Network named after the book Atlas Shrugged? Is it associated with either the Atlas Society or Ayn Rand Institute?

The name was not derived from the book. In fact, the word “Atlas” in our name has to do with the global nature of our work. And, although we share many of the free-market values found in Atlas Shrugged and held by the Atlas Society and Ayn Rand Institute, we are separate organizations.

Where can I find Atlas Network’s past articles and blog posts?

Atlas Network is constantly sharing news and analysis from around the network and maintains a searchable archive of past articles and blog posts. Check out the News and Analysis section to find what you are looking for.

Where can I find video recordings from past Atlas Network events?

So, you really loved that speech? Now you can watch it over and over again and share it with your friends. Visit the Videos section of this website to find the video you are looking for. For new events, please give Atlas Network 10 days to edit and upload the video to the web. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please email Daniel.Anthony@AtlasNetwork.org and we will respond as fast as possible.

Where in the world does Atlas Network work?

Atlas Network is headquartered in Washington, DC, but it supports a network of think tanks that spans the globe. These think tanks are run independently with local leadership. Atlas Network has established some joint programs with think tanks in the network, and it contracts with field representatives in various countries who manage and contribute to our discovery and outreach programs. You can consult the Atlas Network Global Directory to learn about hundreds of think tanks that are connected by the Atlas Network.

Who is Sir Antony Fisher and what does he have to do with Atlas Network?

Sir Antony Fisher is the founder of Atlas Network. To learn more read the Founder’s Story.

Atlas Leadership Academy

How are credits awarded?

Successful completion of any of the Atlas Leadership Academy training opportunities earns you credits. These credits are awarded and honored by Atlas Network towards graduation from Atlas Leadership Academy. Atlas Network will track your progress and provide you credit totals periodically along with suggestions on next steps. Atlas Network retains sole discretion over awarding credits. Incomplete or unsatisfactory participation in training opportunities may result in failure to earn credits.

How do I enroll in this program?

If you have participated in an Atlas Leadership Academy program, we have already enrolled you into the Atlas Leadership Academy and awarded the appropriate number of credits. If you are new to Atlas Network, please visit the Overview Page to enroll today.

How do I know how many credits I’ve earned?

Take a look at the Atlas Leadership Academy main page to see the catalog of programs and their credit value. If you have participated in any of these programs in the last five years, you have earned the credit. To confirm your credit total and to get suggestions for how to earn more credits, contact Autumn.Lansford@AtlasNetwork.org.

How long does it take to achieve 12 credits and become an Atlas Leadership Alumnus?

There is no set timeline for completing the requirements, but in most cases it will probably take a minimum of one year. Note that online programs take place throughout the year and require no more than six weeks to complete. Think Tank MBA, Think Tank Leadership Training and Liberty Forum take place once per year in the fall. Regional Training and Freedom Schools are scheduled throughout the year in various parts of the world. Webinars are scheduled roughly once per month. Several of these programs have limited space, and require an application. Credits are valid for five years.

How much does it cost to participate?

Each training opportunity has a different registration fee — most are offered free of charge; none cost more than $500 to register. Atlas Network is able to offer these training programs at such reduced fees thanks to the generosity of our donors.

I run a student conference and would love to find a way to get alumni of this program more involved, is Atlas Leadership Academy for them?

Certainly! Atlas Leadership Academy offers training to anyone looking to have an impact advancing liberty. Students and interns are often looking for next steps, and the Atlas Challenge is highly recommended for young people who are thinking about their future.

The monthly webinars aren’t offering training in areas I need. Can I suggest a topic?

Yes! Email Autumn.Lansford@AtlasNetwork.org if you’d like to offer a suggestion, or would like to host a webinar as an instructor.

What do credits mean?

Earning credits towards the Atlas Leadership Academy graduation sends the following market signals to Atlas Network, donors and employers.

  • You are serious about investing in your skills and knowledge.
  • You have gained rigorous training in the business aspects of running a think tank.
  • You have demonstrated initiative.
  • You have demonstrated a firm understanding of the ideas of liberty.

Once you have earned a total of 12 credits, you will qualify for graduation from Atlas Leadership Academy. Graduates are given special opportunities including: special recognition at Atlas events, a graduation certificate and eligibility to compete for a $25,000 prize at Atlas Network's  annual Shark Tank competition.

Why should I participate in Atlas Leadership Academy?

Courses within the Atlas Leadership Academy are designed to provide rigorous, practical and useful training to individuals working to advance liberty through a think tank. Courses include interactive elements that allow you to learn by doing – and are designed to relate directly to your think tank work. Individuals participating in the Atlas Leadership Academy demonstrate their commitment to building a strong, impactful think tank, and are eligible for grant and other opportunities through the Atlas Network.

Giving

How can I donate to the Atlas Network?

By check: Send checks or money orders for general donations to our Washington, D.C. office at: Atlas Network, 1201 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20005.

By phone: Call our office at (202) 449-8449, Monday through Friday between 9:00-5:30 E.S.T.

Online: Check out many different giving options on our donate page.

How can I support a specific Atlas Network partner?

Atlas Network has several programs that allow us to provide financial resources to partners in the network. Given our track record of success investing in the worldwide freedom movement, many donors work with Atlas Network in the manner of a “mutual fund” – e.g., trusting our judgment to give research grants or general support grants in a particular region. 

Atlas Network is in a unique position to be able to identify strong grantees for advancing liberty by drawing on its knowledge of the work of more than 400 think tanks in 80 countries.

If you have an interest in supporting a particular region or Atlas Network partner, please contact Chelsea.Albers@AtlasNetwork.org.

How is Atlas Network funded?

Atlas Network is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Atlas Network is not endowed and does not accept government funding. All of its programs depend upon the generosity of foundations, individuals, and corporations. Our audited financials as well as our 501(c)(3) exemption certificate can be found online in our financials section.

How long will it take to receive a receipt?

Receipts for mail or phone donations are usually sent within one week of when Atlas Network receives your gift. For an online donation, an email receipt is sent within minutes.

If you did not receive a receipt for a financial gift you've made, please contact Harry.Kalsted@AtlasNetwork.org or call 202-449-8439.

What is the Atlas Network’s mailing address and tax ID?

Mailing address: 1201 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

Tax ID: 94-2763845

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