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BARRY GOLDWATER INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH

AKA  Goldwater Institute
Phoenix, AZ
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BARRY GOLDWATER INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH
Also Known As: Goldwater Institute
Physical Address: Phoenix, AZ 85004 
EIN: 86-0597661
Web URL: www.goldwaterinstitute.org 
NTEE Category: W Public, Society Benefit
W05 Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
P Human Services
P05 Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
B Educational Institutions
B05 Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
Ruling Year: 1989 
How This Organization Is Funded: Foundations - $1,014,950
Donors - general contributions - $3,108,200
Interest, dividends, gains on investments - $255,292


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Mission Statement

Founded in 1988, the Goldwater Institute’s mission is to advance freedom and protect the Constitution. We believe in the power of the states to restore the founding principles that made America a beacon of opportunity, prosperity, and freedom. We research and develop ideas that help states use their constitutional powers to protect individual rights. And when governments overstep their constitutional authority, the Goldwater Institute defends citizens in court. Today, the Goldwater Institute's work has made an impact in all 50 states. The Goldwater Institute gets results. Our win rate in court is 70 percent, including a landmark victory for free speech before the U.S. Supreme Court. We have changed nearly 200 laws throughout the country. From Arizona to Indiana, South Carolina to Wyoming, our work is protecting rights and changing lives. The Goldwater Institute’s work has led to lower taxes, less regulation, and better schools. We have curbed union power, protected the rights of individuals to make their own health care decisions, and given cities and states the tools they need to say no to Washington. The Goldwater Institute is where freedom wins.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2013
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2013

Total Revenue $4,378,442
Total Expenses $4,239,248

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Ms. Darcy Olsen

Profile:

Darcy A. Olsen is president and CEO of the Goldwater Institute since 2001. Before heading the Institute, Olsen served as Director of Education and Child Policy at the Washington D.C.-based Cato Institute where she became a leading proponent for parental responsibility and educational freedom. Olsen has testified before Congress and appeared on many nationwide media programs as an authority on early childhood education and primary and secondary education reforms. She holds a bachelor's degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a master's degree in international education from New York University

Leadership Statement:

The Goldwater Institute is an independent organization supported by people who are committed to expanding free enterprise and liberty. The Institute develops innovative, principled solutions to pressing issues facing the states and focuses on expanding economic freedom, educational opportunity, and protecting the rights guaranteed to Americans by the U.S. and state constitutions. Through research, investigations, strategic litigation, testimony, advocacy, and education, the Goldwater Institute advances public policy and rule of law under which individuals can shape their own destinies as free men and women. We help citizens understand and adopt policies that sustain and restore economic liberty, educational freedom, personal responsibility and constitutional limits on government power consistent with the founding principles of our constitutional republic. 100% of our revenue is dedicated to advance our mission.

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Program: Economic Prosperity (GuideStar Exchange,
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Category:
Public Finance, Taxation &Monetary Policy
Population Served:
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Program Description:

The Goldwater Institute publishes research, and hosts policy forums, lectures, luncheons, and other events with the goal of advancing ideas that benefit all Americans. Since 1988, the Goldwater Institute has published at least 266 policy reports, and hundreds of additional memos, briefings, and essays on various topics related to good governance based on founding principles of the United States. Under Economic Prosperity, the Goldwater Institute focuses on fiscal tax policy and government budget practices, both at the macro level and in individual areas including income and property taxes, wasteful spending, employee retirement pension systems, and unsustainable benefits obtained by government-sector unions.

Program Long-Term Success:

Nearly 200 laws have been inspired or changed since 2003 by the Goldwater Institute's policy research and public education across the country.

Program Short-Term Success:

More than 10 state or federal laws are inspired or changed each year by the Goldwater Institute's policy research and public education.

Program Success Monitored by:

Public awareness of policy solutions proposed by the Goldwater Institute through media reporting and other venues; legislation inspired by the Goldwater Institute that is proposed and adopted.

Program Success Examples:

Reductions of personal income tax rates, business property tax rates, and capital gains tax rates in Arizona to spur job creation and economic growth; Expanded freedom for start-up and small wineries to ship directly to Arizona customers; Saving taxpayers hundreds of millions in dollars by elimination of wasteful government spending; new government transparency by mandating that local governments must posting budgets and spending online for residents to view and search.

Program: Educational Freedom (GuideStar Exchange,
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Category:
Education Policy Programs
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
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Program Description:

The Goldwater Institute publishes research, and hosts policy forums, lectures, luncheons, and other events with the goal of advancing ideas that benefit all Americans. Since 1988, the Goldwater Institute has published at least 266 policy reports, and hundreds of additional memos, briefings, and essays on various topics related to good governance based on founding principles of the United States. Under Educational Freedom, the Goldwater Institute champions effective education reform that offers more choice, more competition, and better results. For more than 25 years, the Goldwater Institute has provided compelling research and thoughtful solutions to the failure of America’s traditional public school system to keep pace with our peers around the world.

Program Long-Term Success:

Nearly 1 million children have exercised their freedom to pursue a better education option made available in 13 states because of Goldwater Institute policy research into open school enrollment, tuition tax credit scholarships, and education savings accounts.

Program Short-Term Success:

The Goldwater Institute's newest model for educational freedom are education savings accounts. Families use these portable bank accounts to purchase educational services of many kinds including private school tuition, online classes, supplemental tutoring, homeschool curriculum, dual college enrollment, and more. Unspent money in a savings account can be saved for future use including college tuition. At the same time, taxpayers benefit because less money goes into an education savings account than would be spent if that student remained in a public school classroom. Since 2011, Arizona has made education savings accounts available to more than 200,000 students each year. Eight other states have introduced proposals for education savings accounts as well.

Program Success Monitored by:

Educational freedom legislation inspired by the Goldwater Institute that is proposed and adopted; student enrollment in those educational freedom programs as documented by state education departments and independent groups such as the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and the Alliance for School Choice.

Program Success Examples:

Please see above.

Program: Center for Constitutional Litigation (GuideStar Exchange,
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Constitutional Law
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Program Description:

In 2007, the Goldwater Institute established a legal center to uphold individual rights and to hold government accountable to state and federal constitutions. The center's mission is to advance sound principles of public policy while defending and highlighting constitutionally protected freedoms. Beyond individual cases, the center's attorneys work closely with Goldwater Institute policy analysts and other staff to develop proposed policy solutions for state and local governments to advance freedom and protect the Constitution. By integrating policy research and legal analysis, the Goldwater Institute develops innovative policy solutions that have a far greater likelihood of withstanding court challenge.

Program Long-Term Success:

To date, the Center for Constitutional Litigation has a 70 percent win rate in court.

Program Short-Term Success:

Please see above.

Program Success Monitored by:

Intermediate and final case outcomes including temporary injunctions, summary and final judgments, and appeals; new laws based on Goldwater Institute policy research and legal analysis that withstand court legal challenge.

Program Success Examples:

*Niehaus v. Huppenthal: From 2011 to 2014, the Goldwater Institute worked successfully with the State of Arizona and the Institute for Justice to protect families using education savings accounts. These accounts were challenged as a potential violation of the Arizona Constitution. But judges in Maricopa County Superior Court and the Arizona Court of Appeals accepted arguments offered on behalf of the families and definitively concluded education savings accounts are constitutional. This case ended in March 2014 when the Arizona Supreme Court declined to review the judgment of the Arizona Court of Appeals. *National Labor Relations Board v. State of Arizona: In 2011 and 2012, the Goldwater Institute worked with the State of Arizona to defend a Goldwater Institute-inspired policy called Save Our Secret Ballot. This state constitutional amendment guarantees that employees can hold secret-ballot elections when asked if they want to organize a union at their workplace. Eight states have adopted Save Our Secret Ballot to date. The National Labor Relations Board sued in 2011, claiming it has exclusive national authority to determine how union organizing elections are conducted. The U.S. District Court of Arizona rejected the NLRB's argument and upheld Save Our Secret Ballot as adopted by Arizona. The NLRB decided not to appeal this decision in December 2012. *Turken v. Gordon: This landmark case upheld a provision of the Arizona Constitution that forbids gifts or subsidies of tax dollars to private individuals and businesses. Known as the "gift clause," constitutions of 47 states have such provisions to protect taxpayers from politicians who seek to win favors by handing out public funds to their influential friends and business partners. In 2007, the City of Phoenix offered $97.4 million incentive for construction of CityNorth, a $1.8 billion retail shopping development. The city attempted to claim the $97.4 million payment was for a parking garage for shoppers to use. The Goldwater Institute filed a legal challenge invoking the "gift clause," and demonstrated the city incentive was a direct subsidy to the shopping center developer. The Arizona Supreme Court determined in 2010 that the "gift clause" applied directly to such arrangements. The Supreme Court ruled state and local governments cannot make payments to private entities that are "grossly disproportionate" to the value of goods or services that the public receives in exchange. Indirect benefits, such as predicted future tax revenues, cannot be considered when calculating if the public will receive an appropriate amount of goods or services for payments to private entities. This ruling has been cited repeatedly since 2010 by Arizona governments as they consider possible funding arrangements with private developers. This precedent can be cited in the other 46 states with "gift clause" provisions.

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Government & Public Administration
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Program Description:

The Goldwater Institute publishes research, and hosts policy forums, lectures, luncheons, and other events with the goal of advancing ideas that benefit all Americans. Since 1988, the Goldwater Institute has published at least 266 policy reports, and hundreds of additional memos, briefings, and essays on various topics related to good governance based on founding principles of the United States. Under Constitutional Government & Federalism, the Goldwater Institute conducts policy research into ways to make government more efficient while promoting private property rights and economic liberty. The Institute also identifies policy solutions and legal strategies for state and local governments to protect individual freedom against excessive overreach of the federal government. This includes research and analysis of the rights and responsibilities of the 50 states under Article V and the Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Additional research includes analysis of state constitutions, various federal statutes, and acts of Congress such as approval of interstate compacts.

Program Long-Term Success:

The Goldwater Institute will be successful when the proper role of dual federalism in the U.S. Constitution has been restored, which means federal and state governments should check and balance each other in ways that create more individual freedom while rolling back excessive government power and spending.

Program Short-Term Success:

States are taking more action to challenge presumed federal supremacy or autonomy in all areas of public and private life.

Program Success Monitored by:

Passage of state legislation and local ordinances; favorable court rulings; adjustments in federal regulations or federal enforcement of regulations to accommodate local control and individual freedom.

Program Success Examples:

More local governments demand their legal right to coordinate when federal agencies propose new rules or executive action; 17 states have adopted the Health Care Freedom Act to protect their the right of their residents to choose their own doctors and medical treatments; 8 states have adopted Save Our Secret Ballot to reject potential federal "card check" rules for union elections; dozens of states are considering proposals to call an Article V convention to consider proposed amendments requiring a balanced federal budget each year.

Program: Healthcare Freedom (GuideStar Exchange,
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Health Care Reform
Population Served:
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Program Description:

The Goldwater Institute publishes research, and hosts policy forums, lectures, luncheons, and other events with the goal of advancing ideas that benefit all Americans. Since 1988, the Goldwater Institute has published at least 266 policy reports, and hundreds of additional memos, briefings, and essays on various topics related to good governance based on founding principles of the United States. Under Healthcare Freedom, the Goldwater Institute conducts policy research and economic analysis into free-market options for healthcare policy reforms while identifying the inherent threat to freedom in the ever-growing expansion of government power over American healthcare industries.

Program Long-Term Success:

Obtaining and paying for health care is primarily the responsibility of individual Americans, which can be done through strictly voluntary associations, pooling of personal and business resources, and private philanthropy or religious charity; while government maintains a basic safety net to provide life-saving health care for those truly in need.

Program Short-Term Success:

States resist pressure from the federal government to expand regulation and spending to assume more control over healthcare industries and further limit individual options for healthcare services.

Program Success Monitored by:

Adopted free-market reforms that promote improved access to private healthcare options; adopted government policies to limit or roll back spending and control of healthcare industries.

Program Success Examples:

*The Goldwater Institute developed the Health Care Freedom Act in consultation with Dr. Eric Novak and other physicians to guarantee an individual's right to seek medical care without being forced into a government-run program, and to guarantee the right of doctors and other medical professionals to accept direct payments from their patients. Seventeen states have adopted the Health Care Freedom Act since 2010, protecting healthcare freedom for more than 80 million Americans. *In 2013, Arizona approved a healthcare transparency law inspired by the Goldwater Institute to assist patients in making informed medical decisions. The law requires hospitals and medical clinics to make publicly available the direct cost for patients to pay for the most widely used healthcare services. This transparency allows patients to compare costs between hospitals and to evaluate their options in pursuing medical treatment.

Program: Investigative Reporting (GuideStar Exchange,
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Journalism
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Program Description:

The Goldwater Institute publishes research, and hosts policy forums, lectures, luncheons, and other events with the goal of advancing ideas that benefit all Americans. Since 2009, the Goldwater Institute has published least 21 special investigative reports exposing government waste, illegal government activities, and abuses of power that threaten public treasuries and personal freedoms. The Goldwater Institute uses traditional investigative reporting techniques to research public records and interview sources to hold government agencies accountable. This reporting reveals waste of tax dollars and harmful government policies. This reporting identifies opportunities for policy analysts and legal experts to propose solutions that would advance freedom and promote constitutionally limited government.

Program Long-Term Success:

While likely unachievable, long-term success would be occur when investigative reporting no longer uncovers government waste or abuse of power.

Program Short-Term Success:

Immediate success occurs when policymakers take action to stop illegal activity or end the waste of tax dollars.

Program Success Monitored by:

Follow up interviews to learn if policymakers will take action on problems uncovered through investigative reporting; observed action by agency directors to stop ongoing harmful activity or correct past mistakes; new legislation is adopted to address problems that have been revealed.

Program Success Examples:

*The State of Arizona streamlined its employment policies in 2012 to make it more feasible for state agencies to discipline or fire misbehaving employees. The Goldwater Institute revealed government workers could be placed on leave for months at a time – getting paid their full salaries but not required to do their jobs – while personnel investigations drag on. Arizona state agencies racked 88,000 of personnel paid leave during a two-year period reviewed by the Goldwater Institute. Even when government workers were fired, they could appeal to independent boards and courts which frequently order them back to work. The policy reforms adopted after the Goldwater Institute special investigation strengthened the ability of state agencies to discipline or dismiss employees while avoiding extended periods of paid leave and endless appeals. *The State of Arizona eliminated a special tuition fee at Arizona universities in 2013 that funded a private nonprofit called the Arizona Students Association. The Goldwater Institute had revealed the association used some of its funding to support an election ballot measure, despite the opposition of individual students and associate board members. *The State of Arizona adopted new legislation in 2010 to reduce the use by cities of a special property tax break to spark new development or redevelopment of existing real estate. The Goldwater Institute revealed that extensive use of the special tax break resulted in higher property taxes for other businesses and homeowners who did not have access to the tax break. *The City of Phoenix stopped a program at one of the nation's largest airports intended to benefit economically disadvantaged business owners bidding for restaurant concession contracts. The Goldwater Institute revealed in 2009 that the program actually benefitted influential political leaders instead.
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The Goldwater Institute measures its impact by examining the results of its work to advance freedom and protect the Constitution. Since 2003, nearly 200 reforms across the country have occurred because of the Goldwater Institute. A total of 41 states have adopted two or more of our proposed reforms. We have won 70 percent of our court cases. Others have recognized and honored these accomplishments. The Goldwater Institute has received a Templeton Freedom Award for innovation in public relations. President and CEO Darcy Olsen has been honored with the prestigious Roe Award for achievement in state public policy. The Goldwater Institute was the recipient of the Arizona Capitol Times “Best Capitol Watchdog” award in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and also was named by the Capitol Times as "Leader of the Year" for Policy Development in 2009. As Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist George Will has said, "The Goldwater Institute is simply in the liberty business, and there’s no institution in the country that performs that business better."
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