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Review for Institute For Justice, Arlington, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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 (

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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Role:  Donor

Review for Michigan State University - Lyman Briggs College, East Lansing, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

For students looking at a major in the sciences, LBC is a gem within the broader MSU community. Although I am a significantly older alumnus, the program has maintained its core since I attended. That core is to produce critical thinking graduates who have skills beyond their focused area of discipline. Graduates gain not only a deep knowledge and capability of their "science focus", but also of other important areas such as societal impacts of that science. The broader education I experienced from LBC has been instrumental in my career, by allowing me to operate at a more strategic as opposed to tactical level. More recently, I have provided both formal and informal external advising and am gratified that the program has only gotten better. Faculty members, while carrying a partial appointment in other departments and carrying on research, continue to be very focused on providing an excellent educational experience to students with classroom teaching, research activities, and student mentoring.

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I graduated from Lyman Briggs and attribute a great deal of my success to the program there. My recent involvement with them has further validated my feeling that they are doing great things. I was amazed with the hiqh quality of recent LBC graduates.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Mission, people, and results.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Approachable and collegial; motivated and interested in delivering on their mission and in getting even better.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Develop an even richer experience for students via alternative teaching approaches and additional research opportunities; assist needy students with financial support.

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About every month

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Role:  Client Served & I earned my degree from LBC. Since graduating, I have been an engaged alumnus, financial supporter, and external adviser.