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Causes: Civil Liberties, Civil Rights

Mission: The Institute for Justice is a nonprofit, public interest law firm that litigates to secure economic liberty, educational choice, private property rights, freedom of speech and other vital individual liberties and to restore constitutional limits on the power of government. Founded in 1991, IJ is the nation’s only libertarian public interest law firm, pursuing cutting-edge litigation in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion on behalf of individuals whose most basic rights are denied by the government.

Programs: The Institute for Justice combines cutting-edge litigation, sophisticated media relations, strategic research, boots-on-the-ground advocacy, and more to fight on behalf of individuals who are denied their constitutional rights. IJ has litigated almost 300 cases, including nine cases before the Supreme Court, and represented more than 1,000 people in need—all at no cost to them.

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61 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been an IJ supporter for many years. What attracted me to their work was the commitment to Constitutional law as originally intended and in their willingness to fight for the "little guy" against an increasingly grasping and intrusive government captured by special interests with seemingly unlimited funds.

I'm only a small fish, but people like IJ have our backs.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm happy to be an IJ monthly donor. Their work is laudable; by fighting the injustices of government, they defend individual rights. IJ has garnered the respect of the legal community in their pursuit of justice for their clients. Well done!

Donor

Rating: 5

Institute For Justice has unquestionably been the most valuable and impactful organization to which I have ever donated. IJ's proactive approach to engaging in public interest litigation for protecting, advancing, and restoring civil rights, particular in the spheres of individual liberty, including economic liberty, has led to huge advances at all levels: local, state, and national. IJ is doing the work that *used* to get done by organizations like the ACLU, but is doing so now far more effectively and in a more principled fashion, adhering to the Constitutional principles of limited government and individual liberty.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been an Institute for Justice supporter for well over a decade. I was impressed when I first came across a news article about them. Since I joined, I have become even more impressed over the years. They truly fight for our rights and personal liberties. Their efforts have enabled countless families to get a better education, protect their property from government, eliminate contrived government barriers and taxes so people can start a business and keep their land and property. They do even more like protecting our freedom of speech. I am so proud of the Institute for Justice that I have introduced them to others who have become supporters and donors too.

Donor

Rating: 5

Not that long ago I learned about Institute for Justice, and recently I decided to become a monthly donor. I can't imagine a more worthy organization for people to support. IJ carries the fight for individual liberty against our overgrown regulatory governments to the Supreme Court, and it may be our only hope for regaining the freedoms we have lost.

Donor

Rating: 5

IJ brings more “bang for the buck” than any organization I know to further justice and freedom from government overreach in the United States. Their legal team has argued and won many cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and also before State Supreme Courts and lower courts as well. These cases have restored basic human rights and real property to individuals who had nowhere else to turn. When I donate to The Institute for Justice, I know that not a single dollar will be wasted, and precedents will be set, helping many people like myself.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Institute for Justice is the most important nonprofit in the world. On a daily basis it vindicates important constitutional rights and effectively serves its clients. I contribute to IJ for those two reasons and a third. The Institute provides me instances of pure joy. I receive several periodicals and journals and in these trying times they convey mostly "doom and gloom". The Institute's monthly Liberty & Law chronicles its important work and puts into full view its wonderful clients. I love following the Institute's work in the courts especially the "winning".

I will continue supporting the Institute and even have provisions in my will allowing me to support its great work long into the future.

Gary M. Torrent
Zephyrhills, Fl

Donor

Rating: 5

Despite the claim that America offers “liberty and justice for all”, an individual often gets only as much justice as he or she can pay for—at a price that is beyond the means of most ordinary citizens. Two organizations are making progress to change that, and I proudly support both. One of those organizations is The Innocence Project, which has for decades revealed the systematic injustices imposed on innocent people who cannot afford to prove that they have been falsely accused of major crimes. Less well-known is the Institute for Justice, a public-interest law firm that fights against similar injustice in civil cases. They regularly reveal how government entities, large and small, systematically deny the rights of even larger numbers of people. Governments regularly use “eminent domain” to expropriate private property for the benefit of private developers against the will of the citizens who live and work there. Local police and prosecutors often employ “civil forfeiture” laws to expropriate cash and cars without any due process, knowing that the victims generally cannot defend themselves for a cost less than the value of what they seek to recover. Departments in local governments sometimes fund themselves by levying excessive fines for minor offenses. And state governments pass laws to enable “professional associations” to preclude qualified competitors from practicing their trades. These are just some of the civil injustices that the Institute for Justice takes on to uphold the rights of its clients to live and work freely. But their goal is not just to win one case; it is to build public awareness of and judicial support for the constitutional rights of ordinary citizens. Over the years I have increased my annual contribution to IJ and am proud of how they have used my contributions to make America more just and fair for all, but especially for those struggling to get justice despite limited resources.
Thomas Nagle
Miami FL

Donor

Rating: 5

over the last few years, i've had many interactions with IJ and am continually impressed and inspired by the work they are doing to protect our Constitutional Rights against government infringement. Ironically, the government does not seek to curtail our rights, but it happens when they are persuaded by special interests to act in favor of one group over another.

IJ has been successful in all level of court cases where they file their briefs, but influential in the advocacy which they continually engage to help the public be better informed. Frankly, I had no idea about most of what government agencies can do to infringe on property rights, right to work, and just about anything one can imagine, until i started reading publications and listening to podcasts from IJ!

They are a committed, effective, intelligent and I believe FUN group and i'm honored to support them financially and in word!

Cheers!

Donor

Rating: 5

I support Institute for Justice because economic liberty is such a foundational and pervasive need right now. The American dream only works if everyone can freely offer their contributions of ingenuity and effort and then retain the property they earn as a result. IJ takes on causes where people have been treated unjustly and lack the resources and expertise to seek their own remedy. Through the frequency of their successes and the change they are effecting through case law, IJ is reversing unfair restrictions and confiscations, along with the precedents they are rooted in. As a charitable organization, IJ is first rate. I've been a supporter for many years because I know how my donations are used, and I see real wins helping real people as a result.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love IJ. They do so much to help those who can not otherwise take on abuses of citizens by the government; people who have been unjustly beaten by police, had their property destroyed, been fined ridiculous amounts of money for trivial problems, had their property stolen, denied school choice.

They do so effectively. They use publicity as well as legal filings to get results. And they keep after it, even when they have setbacks. If you believe in justice, this is a great place to send your money. I have supported them for decades and will continue to do so.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a child growing up, there were aspects of my father’s behavior that I consciously decided to avoid when I grew up and other aspects that clearly motivated me. One of my father’s oft repeated statements: “Let’s have some justice here!” continues to speak to me over the years. The Institute for Justice puts this into action. I have been a long-time supporter. I love their wonderful work. IJ benefits persons from all walks of life.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported IJ for years, and they continue to impress me with their relentless protection of individual rights. I love to read the stories about the people they protect, and I cheer them on. Ultimately, IJ protects us all from the continuous tendency of government to overreach and take away our liberties.

Donor

Rating: 5

There is no Nonprofit that is more important than IJ when it comes to protecting our individual rights and liberties. By supporting IJ you are not only helping individuals in the present but also ensuring our rights are protected into the future through the important legal cases they take on.

Donor

Rating: 5

There are many injustices which, while unjust, are nevertheless legal--civil forfeiture, absurd occupational license requirements, education choice restraints, excessive fines.... These injustices are "legal" because laws or regulations (usually state) either permit or do not forbid them.
It is possible to challenge and defeat such injustices. But that cannot be accomplished by the affected party; it takes money and legal expertise. Only an organization of dedicated and informed lawyers can do this. When they succeed, which occurs in the majority of cases that they undertake, the outcome generally is not simply justice for the affected individual. The broader outcome is often a revision of the law or regulation which underlay that injustice--i.e. injustice for all. Who would not wish for that?

Marguerite Gadel

Donor

Rating: 5

The Institute for Justice is my top donation-destination for my hard-earned money! I have been following them (and donating to them) since they started in 1991. Their work in defense of ordinary people is extraordinary. Too often, government agencies can violate the rights of citizens and preclude them from exerting their God-given rights, such as the right to free speech, the right to own and operate a legitimate business, or the right to keep property they legitimately own. It is simply not possible for most individuals to defend themselves against encroachments from powerful and monied government bureaucracies, and IJ was created to not only defend these individuals when they couldn't defend themselves, but to change the law permanently so that others would not have to endure the same violations against their lives and property. It has been a great pleasure and honor to support the Institute's work. The people there are principled and compassionate, and driven by a sense of fairness and morality that is very inspirational and the hallmark of IJ's culture. I eagerly anticipate their newsletters and other communications because it heartens me so much to see all the good IJ is doing in the world. They are helping ordinary people find greater freedom to live the lives they most dearly want, and helping to create a fairer and more equitable society for all of us. I am so happy with IJ's work that I have put them in my trust to be sure even more of my assets are distributed to them in the future. I can only wish them the best and hope they know how grateful I am for their amazing contribution toward a better, more just, and freer world. Bravo!

Joy S.3

Donor

Rating: 5

So many thinktanks teach the ideas of liberty, but this one puts them into practice. I am inspired every time I read about how they helped someone battle unnecessary licensing laws to launch a career in industries such as tourism, hair-braiding, and baking. Many of our licensing laws exist solely to protect established businesses. Too many companies try to eliminate competition by getting regulations passed. The Institute for Justice helps the underdog get a foothold in his or her chosen career.

I'm equally impressed with their work on asset forfeiture. I remember one guy whose expensive truck was confiscated in what IJ proved was an over-the-top punishment for a minor infraction.

I read their newsletter more faithfully than I do my magazine subscriptions or online news. It's fascinating to discover how many of our freedoms are being trampled, and to find out that there are I J heroes who are doing something about it.

Donor

Rating: 5

IJ is my favorite charity. I've been supporting them for decades. They fight for real people, trying to live their best lives, against the relentless red tape, aloof bureaucrats, and freedom-hating politicians.

Donor

Rating: 5

The many sterling reviews that IJ has received over many years do a good job of describing its good work and how it helps people in need. However, I would emphasize that it is not just IJ's clients who are helped by its work. IJ is not just some lawyers working pro bono to stand up for the rights of people that could not otherwise afford to defend their rights. Rather, every case is part of a grand strategy to change a fundamental wrong for the benefit of all freedom-loving citizens. Having been IJ donors for many years, my wife and I have watched as IJ has carefully picked clients and cases that build on one another, often over many years and in many courts, to eventually establish an important right or correct a clear wrong. And, while carefully choosing, planning and prosecuting its cases, it carries on masterful media campaigns to bring attention to how government has wronged its always sympathetic clients and to raise awareness of the injustice being done not only to its particular client but to many others in a similar situation. Then, with the head of steam built with victories in many courts and reports in many media, it is off to the legislatures to once and for all fix the problem. Of the many organizations we support to defend and protect our fundamental freedoms, IJ is the one shows us the most concrete results year after year.

Bryant C.1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Institute for Justice does amazing work! The legal cases they bring against governments at all levels - federal, state, local - help millions of people live their lives without government interference.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been contributing to IJ for many years and increased my donations because they are so successful in their quest for economic freedom and adhering to constitutional and legal integrity.
They are impressive in their ability to win court cases in states and governments that limit freedom and impose punitive penalties.
I have gladly added them to my Trust as one of the best bang for the buck Liberty loving charities!

Donor

Rating: 5

Institute for Justice is one of the best civil liberties organizations in this country. It fights for equal rights for everyone and ensures people retain the freedom that every person is entitled to. I'm happy to support their cause and recommend them to everyone I know

Paul W.5

Donor

Rating: 5

The Institute for Justice has been on my radar since 1999. Since then I have observed their work through their website, videos, and magazine, Liberty and Law. In 2016, after witnessing civil unrest I thought about what I could do to improve the country. I decided to become a donor to IJ because they have demonstrated great competence and success in restoring liberty to individuals who are victims of their own government.

The Institute for Justice works to get local, state, and federal government to observe the rule of law and, in so doing, protect the constitutional rights of people just trying to make a living.

IJ's clients come from all walks of life. They are the salt of the earth.

I am currently a monthly donor to IJ. Contributing small amounts consistently with others provides a broad base of support for the Institution.

But I give to IJ for the best reason: it gives me joy to do so.

Paul B. Walker

Donor

Rating: 5

I hate asset forfeiture. It is nothing short of inland piracy. It needs to be stopped. IJ is at the cutting edge of putting a stop to this blatant violation of our 4th amendment due process rights. Why do so many people in this day and time hate the police? They have become pirates. They steal money from people with out any reason. If asset forfeiture were not a pervasive feature of American law enforcement, much of the proponents of "defund the police" would go away. You'll understand this when they find you have cash on you and they take it under the presumption you have obtain it by criminal activity.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support this organization because they do good work that is so vital in today's world of civil liberties infractions. I feel my support makes a difference and am proud to contribute each month. They are very transparent in their financial organization and they keep me well informed about the work they do litigating for liberty.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am impressed at how diligently and successfully the Institute for Justice works to help the "little guy"( and gal) become a somewhat bigger guy and gal by freeing them from onerous government restrictions. They have a bevy of hard working, committed attorneys who argue truth to power in the courts and are wonderfully skilled at their work. I am happy to support their efforts and I believe that all Americans should be grateful for the work they do.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been donating to IJ for a long time now, and they just seem to get more dedicated and more effective with each passing year. I also had the opportunity to volunteer to work with several of their attorneys last summer (2020) and experienced that dedication and competence first-hand. From the CEO to attorneys handling cases to support staff, the love of what they do is evident and it shows in their results. I wish I could think of something negative to say to balance this review, but I can't!

Donor

Rating: 5

I support several groups that promote individual rights, but the Institute for Justice is my favorite. They help small people stand up to overreaching governments, and they get results! If you want to rein in civil forfeiture, eminent domain, excessive licensing requirements, and so on and on, IJ is for you.

Donor

Rating: 5

IJ is the most reliable defender of individual rights and dignity that I know of. I only wish IJ's work weren't so necessary, but since it is we're all fortunate that IJ is out there everyday fighting the good fight.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to the Institute for Justice for many years. They have never let me down or strayed from their mission statement. They have maintained a top ranking by Charity Navigator for many years which is a testament to management. I believe that their litigators would earn more money in private practice but feel “called to serve”. I have met a few members of the general staff, all of whom impressed me with their knowledge and dedication. Even when the team “loses” (as in Kelo v. New London - The Little Pink House), the team utilizes an effective public relation campaign (which in this case led to overwhelming changes at the State level). The length of time that they have been doing good work within their long-term core principals made it an easy decision for me to include IJ in my estate plans.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been supporting the Institute for Justice for 20 years or more, ever since I discovered, almost accidentally, that it actually DOES something about the economic and social injustices committed, not by people, but by GOVERNMENTS. Talk is cheap, but IJ takes legal actions - and wins. IJ may be the only thing that stands between creeping tyranny and the original vision of the United States. I work with small businesses regularly, and I see the unnecessary barriers they have to climb to provide services and goods to other. IJ is also the only non-profit I support that helps PEOPLE; the others I support help cats - of all sizes!

Donor

Rating: 5

In this time of ever-increasing government encroachment on our civil and human rights, it is very refreshing to find an organization like I4J that pushes back against these intrusions. And not only do they push back, they do so successfully with concrete and solid wins that help preserve all of our rights. I am proud to be a monthly donor to this outstanding organization. I also appreciate that they are rated as a 4-Star Charity on Charity Navigator giving me confidence that my donations are being used as efficiently as possible. I have financially supported I4J for many years and will continue to do so for as long as I am able to. Five Stars!

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been enthusiastic supporters of the Institute for Justice since it was founded. All of the areas it covers are important to me: freedom of speech, freedom to work, parental choice of schools for children, property rights, and holding government officials accountable for abusive actions. I especially like its work on removing barriers (such as anticompetitive regulations and licensing requirements) that prevent people from working and from offering free services. Can you believe that some states prohibit a licensed orthodontist from providing dental service at a free clinic? IJ’s top-notch lawyers and public relations staff have won many significant cases. They have reduced the injustices of civil asset forfeiture and “policing for profit,” where government agencies seize money and property from people without cause – often from poor people who can’t pay the legal fees to fight back. This short review can’t do justice to the Institute for Justice. Please visit its website and read more.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been making substantial (well, for me!) donations to IJ for many years. After monitoring the activities of several libertarian organizations for decades, I think IJ gives me the most "bang for my buck" of any of my donees. I'm proud to send them my hard-earned money!
David Hoesly

Donor

Rating: 5

IJ does a wonderful job of selecting legal cases that will advance the cause of civil liberty, winning them, and getting the news out. They have established an amazing list of precedents that clarify the law and the meaning of our Constitution. I have followed them since their very beginning, and admire what they have accomplished. They deserve our support.

Gordy S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am always inspired by the stories that come from IJ, and for that reason, I am a subscribed donor. This organization truly fights for the 'little guy' from government overreach. How does 1500 hours of cosmetology training help an eyebrow-threader's customers? It doesn't - it purely props up an industry. These guys are the anti-lobbyists, truly fighting for equality of opportunity for all.
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Donor

Rating: 5

A long time ago my wife and I decided to stop giving to our (very large) church because it seemed like the goal was always aimed at better and more buildings and parking lots. So we focused on several organizations that we felt were actually feeding or helping those in difficult situations. So mostly organizations that feed the poor or help get people off drugs. We included Institute for Justice because, though not a specifically Christian organization, we think the work they do is helping fight for what we believe are Christian, constitutional ideals and truths. And the great thing about the work they do is that the fights they win have long-term benefits to our nation and the hard working people who make this country what it is.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a fan of IJ from day one. They are focused, they are principled, they are effective and they share their experience and wisdom with many of us that are following their lead in litigating on behalf of freedom. I believe they are one of the best managed non-profits in the freedom movement and among all non-profits. They have earned our support in annual giving and legacy giving.

Donor

Rating: 5

Talking about inappropriate government intervention and regulation is something that few engage in knowledgeably, but actually doing something about it makes the Institute for Justice the pinnacle of freedom fighters. I am honored to be a long-term donor to their liberty team and member of their Four Pillars Society. The long list of IJ court victories documents their success in protecting our constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Kenneth L. Criss

Donor

Rating: 5

There are many reasons I support and recommend the Institute For Justice. Here are just a few:
1) They fight abusive civil forfeiture laws that allow authorities to seize cash & property even when no crime has been committed.
2) They fight government regulations that limit a citizen's right to speak freely or to earn a living.
3) They fight unfair government fines/penalties that are grossly out of proportion to the minor "infraction" committed by an unsuspecting (and often innocent) person.
4) They fight corruption and bureaucracy at all levels of government.
As someone who believes that "eternal vigilance" is required to protect our liberty/freedom from government encroachment, I know the Institute For Justice is fighting the good fight.

Donor

Rating: 5

During the nearly 20 years that I have supported IJ I have been amazed at the number of cases they have won at all levels. They carefully choose cases in which a victory will set a major precedent greatly multiplying the extent of the victory. They are a great organization and I am glad to have been of small financial help. I always pass the bi-monthly magazine on to others.

Jennifer F S.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Institute for Justice is the only charity I am a regular contributor to. First and foremost, it is because they make a real difference in the lives of American citizens when the government is trying to restrict free speech, keep them from earning an honest living, limiting school choice, and trying to steal property.

Secondly, the Institute fur Justice wins 70% of their cases and have an excellent track record. They have a strategic team and know what they are doing. They are also one of the most efficient charities, using the money you entrust very wisely.

Thirdly, they treat their donors well with regular updates, cards at Christmas, newsletters, emails, calls, conference calls, and for those who put IJ in their will or trust,-a wonderful inspiring retreat every few years!

The Institute for Justice fills a need that no other charity can fill. Please support them with your dollars, time and love. You will be so pleased with yourself and feel great with everything they do.

In Liberty,
Jennifer F Schulz

Donor

Rating: 5

IJ is a constitutional bulwark against the ever-present encroachment of administrative zealots upon our civil liberties. As a long-time supporter of IJ, via Amazon Smile and recurring monthly donations, I have watched IJ implement a strategy over time that we are really seeing the fruits of. One unconstitutional law after another is being struck down due to the strategic casework of IJ. These successes beget an even greater opportunity for this terrific organization to expand for the benefit of American liberty, so I recently doubled my monthly donation in support of their continued success. Keep up the phenomenal work IJ!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a monthly donor for a number of years. IJ works tirelessly to expand the scope of economic and civil and personal liberty in courts and in the realm of public opinion. Their success rate is awesome and their monthly newsletter cataloguing their successes and their next step forward is inspiring!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a monthly donor to IJ for a couple years. I am regularly moved by the cases they take on--truly standing up for the little guy against injustice.

They are thoughtful of their donors (not spammy) and the monthly donors have a clever name (that I won't spoil here!)

Donor

Rating: 5

The Institute for Justice is outstanding. They fight for individual rights and freedom. Just what we need now!

CrisBCT

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been reading the IJ newsletter for ages, and recently decided to support them with a monthly donation.

I'm retired on a small, inadequate income, yet see IJ's work in helping correct injustices by powerful, yes evil forces against the common man and woman as a vital, very necessary force for good in our society.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following and supporting IJ for over 20 years. I have read no fewer than 500 articles on IJ; I have observed that the Institute for Justice has spent 100% of it's efforts defending the rights of regular people like you and me to live our lives as we choose. They haven't missed the mark once. Truly amazing. If you understand and value FREEDOM, IJ is the best charity in the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've contributed to IJ for a few years now. I'm deeply troubled by how government is in virtually every aspect of our lives, and yet our court system, with a straight face, says that it's all constitutional. Or almost all the time. Those exceptions are commonly when IJ gets involved.

Michael B.17

Donor

Rating: 5

For years I was a regular donor to the ACLU. I strongly believe in freedom and that access to civil liberties should not be based upon someone's ability to afford an expensive legal team. Unfortunately the ACLU has drifted from their original mission, which led me to the Institute for Justice, an organization that remains focused on defending the little guy against the encroachment of unjust laws that, while often well-meaning, end up inhibiting people's freedom. I happily donate to IFJ on a monthly basis.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a subscribed donor. IJ fights the most important legal fights in USA, such as civil forfeiture and government regulatory overreach. The government is huge, and the targeted individuals and small businesses have little chance of defending themselves from its abuse - if not for IJ.

Peter B.2

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of my favorite organizations to fight for real change to abuses of government power in the US. They get frequent wins in court cases and many times go to the supreme court to fight against policies and laws that infringe on civil and economic liberties. I'm extremely proud to support them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a new monthly donor to the Institute for Justice. I only recently became aware of all the hard work IJ does for regular people like you and me.

As a small business owner, I appreciate IJ's efforts to ease the burdens on entrepreneurs by cutting through the government red tape. With all the chaos in our country today , I believe a law firm that stands up for our individual liberties is more important now than ever before. I choose to support IJ because they support everyday people.



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Donor

Rating: 5

I enthusiastically support IJ as a donor and tell my friends and family about its mission and work! Rather than another "think tank" pumping out dry policy papers that nobody will read and will be relegated to the dustbin of history, IJ's work results in real change for real people - saving their life, property, rights, speech, and livelihood. Not only that, but by being strategic and judicious in how it allocates its legal and other resources, IJ has won cases, set precedent, and brought forth pro-liberty legislation that will benefit many more people than just the few involved directly in the case.

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Donor

Rating: 5

IJ walks the walk and doesn’t just talk the talk. IJ sticks up for the average American, protecting individuals from property seizures, police brutality, and stifling overregulation. I am proud to have donated to IJ. Keep up the good work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Institute for Justice provides an excellent model of advocacy for economic liberty and individual rights. The organization starts with highly principled and top-flight lawyers, researchers and support staff. They carefully choose the issues and cases that will have the highest impact in improving the law and processes in areas of great importance in American society, with a strong focus on the people who would not otherwise ever have a voice in public policy direction; their clients and causes, if not “underdogs”, are those who would not have the ability to be heard because of the expense and structural impediments to being heard. The issue-areas they chose represent an effort to help the “middle-marginalized”; those who do not naturally have advocacy groups, but would never be able to challenge injustice if not for IJ.
The other aspect of IJ’s excellent model is their commitment to advocacy through multiple fronts. They are not just a “merry band of litigators” as they have so aptly been described, but they are dedicated researchers, analysts, and lobbyists. They research and prepare well-documented position papers, news releases, and legislative brief, commanding a place at the table in the media (including excellent internet offering in various ways (my favorite – “Deep Dives”)), state legislatures and Congress, as well as being extremely effective in the courts at the state and federal level. They have a tight, efficient organization that really knows how to “get it done”.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Institute for Justice is excellent in every respect. The quality of cases chosen to advance specific liberty issues, the excellence of the attorneys who compete and argue at the state and federal level, the principled development team can only be spoken of in superlatives. I am personally very thankful that they agreed to advocate for the educational choice policies, and that they were willing to invest so much in that case and secure a Supreme Court victory that will assist families in helping their children receive the best education and potential for success in life. That case alone would be enough of an accomplishment for any law firm, but IJ does so much more for economic liberty and freedom. Thank you IJ staff one and all!

Mari E.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

ONLY WANT TO HEAR ABOUT BIG $$$$ CASES AND HEADLINE-MAKING STORIES. HAVE CONTACTED THEM TWICE AND THEY'RE NOT INTERESTED IN A 'REAL" STORY OF CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, 4TH AMENDMENT VIOLATIONS, 1ST AMENDMENT VIOLATIONS, PROPERTY THEFT BY LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT.

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InstituteForJustice 10/13/2020

Thanks very much for your feedback, Mari. To date, IJ has litigated more than 300 cases representing more than 1,000 clients. As a public interest law firm, we must strategically choose cases that have the greatest potential to promote our mission and create broad legal precedent that protects as many people as possible. As a result, we are unable to take every case that is submitted to us. We are sorry that we weren’t able to help in your fight.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I4j does amazing work in the service of human liberty. They are primarily lawyers, so their main strategy is litigation, but before they start a case, they figure out which courts are most likely to lead to a good verdict, and in which districts a decision in thier favor would produce conflicting decisions that the Supreme Court might notice.

Since they start from a strategy of changing the law, they're able to choose sympathetic clients, and good facts before going to trial. They work on a variety of issues related to Freedom of Speech, Private Property, and Economic Liberty. They have won numerous decisions at the Supreme Court, and are really helping change the situation for individual entrepreneurs trying to start their own business in the face of creeping bureaucracy of all kinds.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a free market advocate and cheerleader for underdogs, I am attracted to the work that IJ does for its clients. I was first attracted to the organization as a byproduct of getting really ticked off by the proliferation of use of eminent domain by governmental entities who were taking over privately owned land to pursue development project. These projects were defined as in the public interest only because they would purportedly increase tax revenues from land taken over (and benefit private developers), which is not what the original intent of eminent domain.

The eminent domain fight is just a part of their advocacy target. They also fight against onerous government regulation and licensing requirements that are in many cases intended only to protect the entrenched parties already delivering services so regulated. I could continue with other examples, but you have to view their stories yourself (ij.org).

How they do it is as important as what they do. I am sincere in saying "how they do it" is better than any other charity I work with or donate to. They immediately acknowledge my contributions, and I have also gotten personal calls from key individuals in the organization as follow-up as well. Their periodic mailings and emails do a better job of keeping me informed of their activities and success than other organizations. I truly feel that they are making an impact and I am indirectly part of that, and that they are good stewards of my contributions. I am an annual donor to this organization.

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5 Jason R.

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Rating: 5

The Institute For Justice truly lives up to its name. This is not a free market think tank. This is a group of (very polite) legal brawlers who take their fight all the way to the Supreme Court on the behalf of the people who get crushed under the government's heavy boots. From inner city cab drivers, to horse massagers, to just plain folk trying to hold onto their homes and businesses in the face of eminent domain abuse, IJ is there to fight and (mostly) win. They are also adept at public relations. If you're interested in keeping the American Dream alive I can't think of a better organization to fund.

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