One of the most frequently asked questions by potential donors, possible clients, and probing members of the media is “Who Is MSLF?” The answer is simple and straight forward: MSLF is the embodiment of tens of thousands of donors from all across the country who are committed to preserving the liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and to ensuring that the United States remains a nation of laws. Only as a result of the heartfelt support of individual donors, the overwhelming majority of whom contribute less than $110, is MSLF able to perform its invaluable courtroom defense of individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, and the free enterprise system.
Thanks to a national campaign to educate and inform the American people of the abuses of the Constitution and federal law by the federal government as well as other units of government and the threat to liberty that such abuses present, MSLF now has nearly 25,000 donors from all 50 states! Overall, MSLF’s average donation is $332. Obviously, and contrary to misrepresentations often made in the media regarding MSLF’s source of financial support, MSLF is a true grassroots legal foundation.
Like many nonprofit, public-interest entities supported by charitable contributions (all contributions to MSLF are tax deductible), MSLF received one third of its annual budget in 2009 from its 69 largest donors (whose contributions range from $125,000 to $5,000), one third from 216 donors (whose contributions range from $5,000 to $1,000), and the remaining third from another 21,797 donors (whose contributions range from $1 to $999). Unlike national environmental organizations, however, MSLF’s annual budget is tiny ($1.8 million v. $20, $40, $60, and even $250 million). Furthermore, the support MSLF receives from major corporations and foundations is very small compared to that received from those entities by national environmental groups. For example, it is not unusual for major corporations to donate from $25,000 to $100,000 and more annually to environmental groups. In sharp contrast, MSLF’s largest major corporate donor contributed $50,000 in 2009; second place belongs to a corporate donor that contributed $30,000. In fact, MSLF’s average contribution from major corporate supporters is $6,514.
Scores of left of center foundations annually make contributions to national environmental organizations ranging from tens of thousands of dollars ($50,000 is not unusual) to several hundreds of thousands of dollars (as much as $990,000)! On the other hand, MSLF receives major grants from only seven national foundations ($75,000, $50,000, $50,000, $50,000, $25,000, $20,000, and $15,000), with most of MSLF’s foundation support coming in grants of $10,000 or less. In fact, MSLF’s average annual contribution from foundations in 2009 was $16,568.
As a result, MSLF depends heavily on the support of private individuals who share MSLF’s commitment to the Constitution.
MSLF’s Board of Directors, which approves all of MSLF’s litigation, reflects such broad-based support. MSLF’s Directors represent more than a dozen states and numerous industries including construction, ranching, mining, oil and gas, agriculture trucking, and forestry. So, who is MSLF? It’s tens of thousands of individual Americans, from all 50 states, committed to the vision of our Founding Fathers!
It is the purpose of the Mountain States Legal Foundation to defend and secure these precious rights, thus preserving and advancing the American dream.
The strategic values of the Mountain States Legal Foundation, the business compass that governs our strategic business decisions, are:
The core competency of the Mountain States Legal Foundation is – and must be – two-fold:
The core service offered by the Mountain States Legal Foundation is high-quality, effective, pro bono legal representation.
The ideal client for our core service has the following psychographic characteristics:
Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) is a nonprofit,
public interest legal foundation dedicated to individual liberty, the right
to own and use property, limited and ethical government, and economic freedom. It is an Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) entity
incorporated in the State of Colorado. Csontributions
to Mountain States Legal Foundation are tax deductible.
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