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Atlas Economic Research Foundation 2005f
4084 University Drive, Suite 103 Fairfax, VA 22030, United States
tel:1-703 934 6969 fax:1-703 352 7530

Organizational Status: Independent institute, founded in 1981.

General Description: The Foundation's goal is to bring freedom to the world by encouraging independent public policy research by think tanks. Atlas serves the international think tank movement by helping organizations in their early stages, so they learn from the successes and failures of earlier think tanks. Atlas is supported entirely by donations from individuals, philanthropic foundations, and corporations. In this way, Atlas assists local, independent think tanks to be more effective in contributing to public policy debates and advancing the understanding of the principles of a free society. Atlas does not publish its own policy research but acts as an information hub and resource for institutes around the world. By helping think tanks to become credible sources of public policy research, the Foundation seeks to improve the quality of debate in countries throughout the world.

Annual Budget: USD 4 million (2003)

Staff: 10 (5 research, 5 administrative/support), 2 visiting

Executive Officers:
Dr. CHAFUEN, Alejandro (President and CEO)
Mr. LIPS, Bradley (Chief Operating Officer)
Mr. LIGGIO, Leonard (Executive Vice President)

Public Relations:
Ms. ZIEBARTH, Elena (Associate Director of Public Affairs)

(As of November, 2004)

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