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

Michael Franc, Washington, DC (Chairman)
The Hoover Institution

Gil Collins, Greenbrae, CA
Trustee, Intercollegiate Studies Institute

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

William Meyersohn, Miami, FL
Real Estate Consultant

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

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

 

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

Scott Walter, President
Walter 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 public policy research, school choice, and assistance to the poor.  Walter writes regularly for PhilanthropyDaily.com and previously served as a senior fellow at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and as senior editor of the American Enterprise Institute’s flagship publication. A native of Knoxville, Tenn., he is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Read all Philanthropy Daily posts published by Scott Walter.

Matthew Vadum, Senior Vice President
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 FrontPageMag.com, American Thinker, PJMedia.com, Daily Caller, and the American Spectator. Vadum received an M.A. in American Studies from Georgetown University. A longtime journalist, he was previously a reporter at The Bond Buyer newspaper and the Central Penn Business Journal.

Steven J. Allen, Vice President & Chief Investigative Officer
Dr. Allen heads CRC’s investigative unit, writes a series exposing political deception, and covers labor unions and environmental groups. 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.

Dan Thompson, Vice President of Philanthropy & Development
Dan is responsible for executing Capital Research Center’s fundraising strategy which involves keeping the organization’s investors across America well-informed about the groundbreaking investigative research we conduct. His job is to strengthen relationships with our friends and allies. Prior to joining the CRC team in 2015, Dan was Vice President of Advancement at the Family Foundation of Virginia (2007–2015) and Executive Director of the Virginia House Republican Campaign Committee (2004–2007). He also managed political campaigns for conservative candidates in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Mathematics and Economics. Dan, who lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife, is a New York Mets fan and enjoys deep sea fishing.

Christopher Krukewitt, Chief Financial & Operations Officer
A 13-year veteran of the Capital Research Center, Chris is the Chief Financial and Operations Officer. A graduate of Wake Forest University, he has completed both accounting and business degrees in addition to the Certified Public Accountant exam. Prior to joining CRC, Chris worked for members of the United States House of Representatives, an investment banking firm, and several real estate entities.

He currently resides, with several senior dogs and an ever-expanding flock of chickens, in Lexington,  Virginia, but dreams of the day that he can finish his quest to see a baseball game in every major and minor league ballpark in the country.

Beth Bottcher, Chief of Staff                                                                                                               Beth Bottcher comes to Capital Research Center from the Catholic Diocese of Arlington where she was most recently a Program Specialist for the Development Department.  Prior to the CDA and time spent raising children, Beth worked in sales in both the fashion and television industries in Los Angeles and New York.  She received her master’s degree from the School of Corporate and Political Communication at Fairfield University and her bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University.

Melodie J. Bowler, Director of Publications                                                                          Melodie manages the publication process for CRC, along with curating content for CRC’s newest publication Doing Good: Effective Alternatives to the Welfare State. She previously worked as the editor at the Tax Foundation and as a canvass coordinator in Raleigh, North Carolina. Melodie is a proud Tar Heel, having graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Michael Watson, Researcher                                                                                                  Michael conducts research for Capital Research Center. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, he previously worked for a Washington, D.C. public relations firm.

Chenelyn Barker, Development Associate                                                                                   A native of Portland, Oregon, Chenelyn moved to Washington, DC in 2006. Prior to joining CRC, she worked at various groups including, Judicial Watch, The Leadership Institute, and The Tarrance Group. In her spare time Chenelyn enjoys gardening at her local community garden, which she helped establish, participating in her neighborhood book club, and volunteering and participating in local DC events.

Melissa Muraco, Development Associate                                                                                Melissa joins Capital Research Center’s development team after graduating from Penn State University. She earned a B.S. in Economics and enjoyed additional studies in Mathematics and Statistics. A prior resident of Pennsylvania, Melissa moved to the DC area after donating her time as a campaign volunteer for conservative political candidates.

Jake (Joseph) Klein, Film & Video Producer                                                                        Jake runs CRC’s media operations, producing web videos disseminating our reporting as well as both short and feature films utilizing our hard-hitting investigative style. Prior to joining CRC, Jake worked at AwesomenessTV (a subsidiary of Dreamworks Animation), Global Artists Agency, and the Ayn Rand Institute. Jake produced the feature film “Little Miss Perfect” and the short films “Park 51,” “Red Triangle,” and “Buds.” Jake graduated with a degree in Film & Television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and completed intensive internships with MTV, 3 Arts Entertainment, Afterhours Productions, Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures, CBS’s TV series “Blue Bloods”, and Louis CK’s TV series “Louie.”

Tyler Stone, Office Manager
Tyler hails from Central Square, New York. He recently interned at the Heritage Foundation’s editorial services department. Prior to Heritage, Tyler was in the Koch Internship Program interning at the Leadership Institute’s development department. He is a graduate of Le Moyne College, where he studied History.

 

FELLOWS

Michael E. Hartmann, Visiting Fellow
Hartmann is a program officer and the director of research at the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee. He assists Bradley’s Vice President for Program in administering the foundation’s grantmaking in K-12 education, employee rights, economic growth and prosperity, energy and the environment, law and legal reform, equal opportunity and individual liberty, and family and society. He is a past visiting fellow of the Philanthropy Roundtable in Washington, D.C., where he researched and wrote Helping People to Help Themselves:  A Guide for Donors. Before joining Bradley in 1998, he was director of research at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, Hartmann has published law review articles on the constitutionality of school vouchers and aspects of welfare reform, as well as on the First Amendment and intellectual property rights. He has also been a consultant to other foundations and education reform organizations.

Martin Morse Wooster, Senior Fellow
Wooster is senior fellow at the Capital Research Center. He is the author of three books: Angry Classrooms, Vacant Minds (Pacific Research Institute, 1994), The Great Philanthropists and the Problem of ‘Donor Intent’ (Capital Research Center, 1994; revised 1998 and 2007), andGreat Philanthropic Mistakes (Hudson Institute, 2006; revised 2010). His monographs about philanthropy include Should Foundations Live Forever?(Capital Research Center, 1998), The Foundation Builders (Philanthropy Roundtable, 2000), Return to Charity? (Capital Research Center, 2000), By Their Bootstraps (Manhattan Institute, 2002), and Games Universities Play (Pope Center, 2011). His articles and reviews have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Washington Times, American Spectator, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Commentary, Elle, Air and Space, Esquire, Philanthropy, Policy Review, Reader’s Digest, Reason, and Washingtonian.

Wooster frequently comments on philanthropic issues for newspapers, magazines, and television in the U.S. and Great Britain. He has contributed to the Encyclopedia of Philanthropy, the Encyclopedia of Civil Rights, and Notable American Philanthropists.

Wooster was formerly an editor at The American EnterpriseReason, the Wilson Quarterly, and Harper’s Magazine. He was graduated from Beloit College with degrees in history and philosophy.

Read all Philanthropy Daily posts published by Martin Morse Wooster.