Briefly overviewing some potential grantmaking options.
The intellectual upheaval in conservatism caused, or perhaps merely signified, by the political ascendance of Donald Trump can really no longer be considered in its infancy. It’s up and walking now.
Many of those already-established, familiar institutions and publications that were caught somewhat flat-footed by that which gave rise to the incumbent phenomenon have steadied themselves and are currently attempting to address it. They all have much to contribute, of course, to the refinement or redefinition—or, in some cases, what they would consider the restoration—of conservatism moving forward.
Other new organizations and projects have themselves arisen since 2016, too, including one announced by former U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan just yesterday. These “new kids on the block” have begun to contribute to the upheaval in their own ways, and they likely will have much to contribute to the refinement and redefinition, as well, along with others who will be joining them. Moving forward, step by step, they may really be running soon.
These new think tanks and magazines and journals, many online, provide ideas-driven, policy-oriented conservative philanthropies with additional grantmaking options to consider. Some of them are briefly overviewed in this one-page Giving Review document, “New Organizations and Projects Seeking to Help Refine or Redefine Conservatism Moving Forward,” a PDF file. It includes only § 501(c)(3) groups or projects undertaken by such groups. It is partial, we fully realize, and will be revised periodically.
Update: This article and the list were updated on August 13, 2020.
(Note: One of us, Dan Schmidt, serves on the board of advisors of The Edmund Burke Foundation, which is included on the list.)