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NOTICE: I am neither paid now nor have ever been paid by PERC. I will note that I have paid people from PERC to do events for me in my old job and that former PERC employees have invited me to other events (sometimes for pay) in their new organizations.

If you’re looking for an unconventional gift to give to someone this year or to treat yourself, I highly recommend supporting PERC, it is one of the environmental organizations that “get it.” I would also have you consider the Nature Conservancy, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology or your local hiking/trails association. You might wish to pause for a moment to ask what distinguishes those places from the likes of the Sierra Club and similar “E”nvironmental organizations. What follows is an excerpt of an e-mail I just got from PERC.

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Tis The Season

When PERC opened its doors in 1980, free market environmentalism (FME) was considered an oxymoron; environmentalists saw markets as an enemy, not an ally. Now, thanks to PERC, the largest and oldest think-tank focusing on market solutions to environmental problems, FME is being tried and tested around the world. In Africa, private owners are protecting rhinos from poaching; in the Caribbean, an alumnus of PERC’s  Enviropreneur Institute (PEI) is working with divers to help replant coral and regenerate dying reefs; and in the Gulf of Mexico, the Environmental Defense Fund has joined PERC in campaigning for property rights solutions to overfishing.

To build on these successes, PERC needs your help. Your tax-deductible gift will help fund innovative research, convene conferences, publish the results in PERC Reports and other venues, and add to the growing number of environmentalists implementing PERC’s ideas. Here are some specific things that your donation to PERC can accomplish:

  • $25 will cover the cost of producing and distributing PERC Reports to one reader for one year;
  • $100 will pay for printing and distributing a PERC Case Study to 100 people;
  • $2,000 will provide a scholarship for a student to participate in PERC’s summer programs;
  • $5,000 will pay for a Lone Mountain Fellowship, which brings a professor to visit PERC;
  • $15,000 will give an environmental entrepreneur an opportunity to attend PEI and learn to apply FME to their work.

You can also help by spreading the word and telling your family, friends, and co-workers about PERC and encouraging them to donate along with you this season. Click here to forward this message! If you have already donated, thank you for your support!

I assure you that your tax-deductible contribution will promote environmental quality with less government and more individual freedom. Now is the moment when improving the environment utilizing property rights and markets rather than big government can truly benefit America as the country works to deal with its fiscal excesses.


Terry L. Anderson

Executive Director

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