About

MISSION

Capital Research Center (CRC) was established in 1984 to promote a better understanding of charity and philanthropy.  We support the principles of individual liberty, a free market economy and limited constitutional government: These are the cornerstones of American society.  They are the foundation of private enterprise, economic growth and wealth creation.  They also make possible wise and generous philanthropic giving.

Unfortunately, many donors reject these principles.  Many charities and foundations now urge lawmakers to expand the powers of the welfare state, regulate the economy and limit individual freedoms.  Nonprofit “public interest” groups argue that government must solve the problems of the environment, education, healthcare, poverty, consumers and the elderly.  They say donors and the nonprofit sector must be advocates for more government action.

  • Capital Research Center focuses on “the politics of nonprofits.” We investigate the aims and activities of left-liberal special interest groups.  We research their sources of funding and profile their donors.  We examine how they operate and analyze their impact on our politics and society.
  • Capital Research Center protects the rights of donors. We inform donors about laws and policies affecting them. We warn donors against bad examples of nonprofit activism and advocacy that increase the size and scope of government and undermine a free society and competitive market economy.  We defend donors who understand how wealth is created and how it should be used to help others.
  • Capital Research Center celebrates charities and donors that provide real help to those in need.  We highlight the work of charities, individual donors and foundations that uphold the tradition of voluntary giving and service.Americans need to know more about nonprofit groups and the individuals and foundations that support them.  This is the mission of Capital Research Center (CRC).

CRC is an independent, tax-exempt institution governed by an independent board of trustees.  We rely on private financial support from the general public—individuals, foundations, and corporations—for our income.  We accept no government funds and perform no contract work.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Terrence Scanlon, Chairman
Washington, DC, President, Capital Research Center

Gil Collins, Greenbrae, CA
Trustee, Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Constance Larcher, Washington, DC
President and CEO, Washington Legal Foundation

Hon. Edwin Meese III, Washington, DC
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow,
The Heritage Foundation

William Meyersohn, Miami, FL
Real Estate Consultant

Marion G. Wells, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Trustee, The Heritage Foundation and
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Thomas S. Winter, Washington, DC
Editor-in-Chief, Human Events

NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

Dr. Larry P. Arnn, President, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI

Dr. John A. Baden, Chairman, Foundation for Research on Economics and                                            the Environment (FREE), Bozeman, MT

Linda Chavez, Chairman, Center for Equal Opportunity, Falls Church, VA

Midge Decter, Author, New York, NY

Christopher Long, President, Intercollegiate Studies Institute,                                                              Wilmington, DE

Adam Meyerson, President, The Philanthropy Roundtable, Washington, DC

Kate O’Beirne, former President, National Review Institute,                                                            Washington, DC

P.J. O’Rourke, Author and Columnist, Peterborough, NH

Dr. Marvin Olasky, Editor-in-Chief, World, Asheville, NC

Sally Pipes, President & CEO, Pacific Research Institute, San Francisco, CA

Menlo Smith, CEO, Sunmark Capital Corporation, St. Louis, MO

Dr. Kenneth R. Weinstein, President & CEO, Hudson Institute,                                                                            Washington, DC

Dr. Walter Williams, Professor of Economics, George Mason University,                                                 Fairfax, VA

Robert L. Woodson, Sr., Founder & President, National Center for                                                                 Neighborhood Enterprise, Washington, DC

STAFF

Terrence Scanlon, President
Scanlon was named Capital Research Center president and chairman of its board of trustees in 1994.  Earlier, he was vice president for corporate relations at the Heritage Foundation.  His public career includes an appointment by President Ronald Reagan to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission where he served six years, including service as chairman during President Reagan’s second term. At the conclusion of his chairmanship, President Reagan wrote that “you have not only fostered enforcement of the law, but also developed private cooperative efforts with industry to promote greater consumer safety without litigation and undue expense to the hard-pressed taxpayer.” Scanlon serves on several non-profit boards. He is a former president of the Archdiocese of Washington Catholic School Board of Education. His opinion pieces have appeared in various publications including the Washington TimesHuman Events, and the Washington Examiner. He holds a B.S. in economics from Villanova University.

Scott Walter, Executive Vice President
Walter oversees CRC’s publications program. He served in the George W. Bush administration as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and was vice president for publications and research at the Philanthropy Roundtable. There he edited Philanthropy magazine and also produced donor guidebooks on such topics as conservation giving, school choice, and public policy research. A graduate of Georgetown, Walter has been a senior editor at the American Enterprise Institute and a senior fellow at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Gordon Cummings, Director of Development
Cummings oversees fundraising operations and works to broaden support for CRC’s work. He formerly worked at the Foreign Service Institute and the Cato Institute. He received a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia.

Matthew Vadum, Senior Editor, Organization Trends and Foundation Watch
The author of Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers (WND Books, 2011), Vadum writes and speaks widely on ACORN and other radical advocacy organizations and their sources of funding. He is a frequent guest on Fox News and a contributor to Human Events and The American Spectator. Vadum received an M.A. in American Studies from Georgetown University.

Steven J. Allen, Senior Editor, Labor Watch and Green Watch
Dr. Allen covers labor union organizing and the environmental movement for CRC. He previously served as press secretary to U.S. Senator Jeremiah Denton, as editor of Tea Party Review magazine, and as senior researcher for Newt Gingrich 2012. He has a master’s degree in political science from Jacksonville State University, a law degree from Cumberland Law School, and a PhD in Biodefense from the College of Science at George Mason University.

Jana Marie Erwin, Development Associate
A native of Gilbert, Arizona, Erwin works to increase donor support for CRC’s work. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Marriage, Family and Human Development and the University of Arizona with an M.A. in Public Administration.

Christopher Krukewitt, Accountant
Krukewitt oversees CRC accounts and payroll operations. A certified public accountant, he received a B.S. degree in business from Wake Forest University.

Jeffrey Shifflett, Office Manager
Jeff hails from Tallahassee, Florida, where he most recently worked as an accountant for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Prior to working for state government in Florida, Jeff interned on Capitol Hill in the office of Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL), and with the Washington D.C.-based online news organization, The Daily Caller. He is a graduate of Cedarville University, where he studied political science.