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BARRY GOLDWATER INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • www.goldwaterinstitute.org

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 74 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.

Main Programs

  1. Economic Prosperity
  2. Educational Freedom
  3. Center for Constitutional Litigation
  4. Constitutional Government & Federalism
  5. Healthcare Freedom
  6. Investigative Reporting
Service Areas

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National

Through research, investigations, policy reform development, and advocacy, strategic litigation 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.

ruling year

1989

President and CEO

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Ms. Darcy Olsen

Vice President - Litigation

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Mr. Clint Bolick

Keywords

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Public Policy, Watchdog, Independent, Free Market, Limited Government, School Choice, Transparency, Constitution, Litigation, Research, Libertarian, Conservative, Federalism, Arizona, Freedom, Liberty

Notes from the Nonprofit

Please join us in our latest initiative to advance individual freedom: The Right To Try.

From her sickbed, Edie Bacon wrote of the travails a terminal patient faces and made a final plea for the only medication that might save her. “The government wants proof of efficacy before it will allow me to take this drug outside of an approved trial. But the 'proof' is years away, and I need the drug now. It's safe. It might work. Johnson & Johnson would let me have it if they could do so without the threat of a government hassle. But they're so caught up in the FDA web that the life of an individual patient has no importance whatsoever. Without ET 743, I'm a dead woman walking. Five kids are going to wonder why they're left without a mother. Won't somebody help me get this drug?" Edie died two years later, but there are thousands of patients who face this same battle every day – patients who have to make the same pleas that Edie did for a chance to try to protect their own lives.

Such pleas should anger anyone who believes in the concept of personal liberty. No free person should have to come to the government as a supplicant to beg to try to save his or her own life. In a country dedicated to the idea that all people have certain “unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness," no government official should have the power to deny a person's last chance at all three – life, liberty, and happiness. Yet that is the power the FDA wields today. States should challenge this regulatory authority by passing Right to Try and returning medical decision-making back to the rightful hands of patients and doctors.

Simply put, the Right to Try allows those suffering from a terminal disease access to medications that have not passed through the full FDA approval process. However, to ensure patient safety, the medications must pass FDA's phase one safety testing before they are eligible for use under the Right To Try.

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EIN

86-0597661

 Number

5622614685

Also Known As

Goldwater Institute

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (P05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Goldwater Institute measures its impact by examining the results of its work to defend and enhance the freedom guaranteed to all Americans by the U.S. Constitution and all 50 states. Since 2003, nearly 200 reforms across the country have occurred because of the Goldwater Institute. A total of 42 states have adopted two or more of our proposed reforms. We have won 74 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."

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Economic Prosperity

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.

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Public Finance, Taxation &Monetary Policy

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Program 2

Educational Freedom

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.

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Education Policy Programs

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 3

Center for Constitutional Litigation

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.

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Constitutional Law

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Program 4

Constitutional Government & Federalism

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.

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Government & Public Administration

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Program 5

Healthcare Freedom

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.

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Health Care Reform

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Program 6

Investigative Reporting

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.

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Journalism

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Goldwater Institute is a national organization working to preserve liberty, one freedom at a time. Founded in 1988 with the blessing of the late Senator Barry Goldwater, we have taken the lead in combining policy and legal research with education of the public to restore the founding principles that made America a beacon of opportunity and prosperity.

    With the gridlock that grips the nation’s capital, the Goldwater Institute is looking outside of Washington to revive the principles of free markets and constitutionally limited government. We are focused on encouraging the 50 states to use their constitutional powers in this regard. After all, the states can go much further to protect individual rights and even to push back against federal overreach. As Frayda Levy, a board member for the Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity, said recently, “The Goldwater Institute has made federalism everything that our founding fathers hoped it would be.”
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Goldwater Institute was originally established as a state-based policy think tank. Over time, the Institute has developed a unique model for advancing freedom that combines the research of policy and legal solutions to develop government reform proposals that are embraced by at least one state. Then, the Institute duplicates those reforms in other states through public education initiatives and, if necessary, defends our reforms in court.

    Various program services at the Goldwater Institute are fully integrated so that every staff expert has the opportunity to examine policy concerns in-depth while working closely with colleagues from other disciplines to develop fully vetted reform proposals.

    The Goldwater Institute establishes informal strategic alliances with national, state, and local organizations who share our values to inform the public and policymakers about proposed reforms from a variety of perspectives. The Institute extends such alliances, when possible, to defend its reforms in court.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Institute's physical headquarters is located near the state Capitol in downtown Phoenix. The staff includes at least six policy experts with experience in researching taxes, government budgets, and fiscal policy; early childhood education and K-12 education, health care, transportation policy and funding, constitutional law, government union policy, government employee pensions, and federalism. The staff includes one full-time investigative reporter as well as eight attorneys working 14 pending cases. Four of these attorneys also conduct extensive policy and legal research outside of their case duties.

    Our nationally recognized experts include Darcy Olsen, president & CEO of the Goldwater Institute; and Clint Bolick, vice president for litigation, who won a landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court upholding private school vouchers as constitutional.

    The Goldwater Institute also has a robust college internship component called the Ronald Reagan Fellows program. About 30 young adults work at the Institute each year to receive a hands-on education in public policy. Assigned throughout the Institute, these college interns and law clerks receive active mentoring, are required to complete an academic reading curriculum, and attend weekly presentations by Institute staff, independent policy experts, and elected government officials.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Goldwater Institute measures progress primarily by examining results. The Institute strives to have impact through government policy reforms that advance freedom and protect the Constitution. The Institute identifies and tracks proposed legislation based on its policy research and special investigations. The Institute identities and tracks lawsuits filed or defended by the Institute, as well as cases initiated by other government watchdogs based on legal strategies originally developed at the Institute.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Nearly 200 laws have been inspired or changed across the country because of policy research and legal strategies developed by the Goldwater Institute. A total of 42 states have adopted two or more policy reforms recommended by the Institute. The Institute has won intermediate or final, favorable judgments in 74 percent of its legal cases.

    But the fight for freedom continues. The Goldwater Institute will continue its policy research and legal work as long as individual rights are threatened and government at all levels continues to ignore the traditional limits on power established in state and federal constitutions.
Service Areas

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National

Through research, investigations, policy reform development, and advocacy, strategic litigation 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.

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BARRY GOLDWATER INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Operations

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Leadership

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President and CEO

Ms. Darcy Olsen

Vice President - Litigation

Mr. Clint Bolick

BIO

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

STATEMENT FROM THE President and CEO

"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."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Eric Crown

Goldwater Institute

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & 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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?