Important Facts About Atlas Network

Atlas Network increases opportunity and prosperity by strengthening a global network of independent civil society organizations that promote individual freedom and remove barriers to human flourishing. We cultivate a network of partners that share a vision of a free, prosperous, and peaceful world where the rule of law, private property, and free markets are defended by governments whose powers are limited.

Fact #1: Atlas Network is non-governmental.

Atlas Network does not receive funds from any government or quasi-government institution, nor do we in any way seek to represent the interests of any government, including the U.S. government. Since its founding and according to its bylaws, Atlas Network has relied solely on voluntary gifts from those who share a commitment to the principles of a free society.

Any reporting that claims or implies that Atlas Network represents the U.S. government, U.S. foreign policy, or the interests of any other government entity in any country is patently false and indefensible.

Fact #2: Atlas Network is not political.

Atlas Network strictly avoids any activities to do with political elections, candidates, or political parties, nor do we seek to influence the voting of any citizen or politician in any country. Atlas Network does not support political activities of similar description performed by any of our grantees. Such activity would not qualify for our support.

Any reporting that claims or implies Atlas Network is responsible for or has sought to achieve political change in the U.S. or any other country is patently false and indefensible.

Fact #3: Atlas Network does not own or control any other organizations or subsidiaries.

Atlas Network is a U.S.-based organization comprised of one office location and approximately 30 staff members. The organization does not own, control, or dictate the activities of any other organization or subsidiary.  

Atlas Network maintains an online directory of wholly independent, nonprofit organizations that elect to be so listed, without obligation, because they share our commitment to the principles of a free society and welcome association with peer organizations, much like any other community of allies, friends, and fellow-travelers.

From time to time, Atlas Network awards grants for research and educational work related to the advancement of a free society to some of these organizations. By design, our support rarely represents a significant percentage of the recipient’s total funding.

As a result, Atlas Network’s philanthropic strategy avoids the mistake other grantmakers sometimes make of seeking to influence the particular public policy priorities and agendas of recipient communities. We look to the leadership of local, independent grant recipients as they determine local needs and solutions. Our grantmaking and evaluation criteria emphasize the quality of the project design being proposed and the viability of the applicant organization’s capacity to perform the work.

Any reporting that claims or implies organizations listed in our online directory are doing work at the behest of Atlas Network is patently false and indefensible.

Fact #4: Atlas Network is pro-free enterprise, not pro-business.

Business interests are appropriately represented by trade associations, chambers of commerce, and businesses themselves. Atlas Network does not in any way represent those interests. Our mission demonstrates our commitment to free enterprise, with no favoritism or advantage sought on behalf of any industry, company or special interest. A very small percentage of our total revenue comes from table sales at our annual fundraiser, which often includes some corporate attendees. Such contributions, which comprise less than 1% of total organizational revenue per annum, merit the contributor only the opportunity to attend an inspiring and educational event. This is common practice for virtually all nonprofits who welcome community support for their good cause.

Any reporting that claims or implies Atlas Network represents corporate interests is patently false and indefensible.

Fact #5: Atlas Network is committed to transparency and is neither secretive nor apologetic about our work.

As a nonprofit organization without an endowment, Atlas Network must win support for our work by virtue of our value proposition and impact. We embrace the values of accountability and transparency as a matter of ethical leadership as well as legal compliance. Our views on donor transparency are informed by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and the guidelines they provide, which we follow faithfully without exception. We encourage any other organization, whether listed on our online directory or not, to faithfully comply with any relevant laws, regulations, or guidelines pertaining to their organizations’ work in their respective legal domains.

Any reporting that claims or implies that Atlas Network is secretive or operates with anything short of complete fidelity to the legal requirements governing nonprofit organizations such as ours is patently false and indefensible.