We’re lucky as young conservatives that we have so many amazing conservative nonprofits fighting in our corner. Whether you’re passionate about free speech, abortion, the empowerment of young women, or all of the above, there are conservative nonprofits out there fighting for you. These nonprofits are not only fighting the good fight on a daily basis against speech codes, pro-abortion activists, and liberal media bias, they are also great places to look to when you’re seeking an internship or career. If your still in college, you might be drawn to groups like YAF, CBLPI, and Students for Life. If you’re in law school or graduate school, you might look to the Media Research Center or Judicial Watch. No matter where your passion lies within the conservative movement, know that you are not alone and that there is a strong group of men and women out there fighting alongside of you. Here are thirteen strong conservative nonprofits fighting the good fight that you should check out if you’re interested in advancing the movement without going into elected office.
Young America’s Foundation is committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values. As the principal outreach organization of the Conservative Movement, the Foundation introduces thousands of American youth to these principles. We accomplish our mission by providing essential conferences, seminars, educational materials, internships, and speakers to young people across the country.
The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute is one of the most unique organizations in America. Founded in 1993, our mission is to prepare young women for effective leadership and to promote leading conservative women. Through our various student programs, we strive to engage, inform, and connect conservative women across the country. By providing them with the resources, role models, and encouragement they need, we help students prepare for future success in their schools, workplaces, and communities.
Students for Life of America (SFLA) is one of the nation’s most active pro-life organizations and the largest youth pro-life organization. We are the only national pro-life organization dedicated to training and equipping college, high school, medical, and law school students. Our approach is uniquely effective, and the methods we have developed are a combination of time-tested techniques and cutting-edge technology.
The mission of The Heritage Foundation is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.
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Since 1987, the Media Research Center (MRC) has been the nation’s premier media watchdog. We don’t endorse politicians and we don’t lobby for legislation. MRC’s sole mission is to expose and neutralize the propaganda arm of the Left: the national news media. This makes the MRC’s work unique within the conservative movement. The Media Research Center’s unwavering commitment to neutralizing left-wing bias in the news media and popular culture has influenced how millions of Americans perceive “so-called” objective reporting.
Our purpose is to educate voters, office-holders and opinion leaders as to why conservative principles work better to solve problems, as well as to equip them to become better conservatives and effective problem-solvers. Our policy centers bring together respected thought leaders under a range of issues, sharing thoughts and conservative solutions with fellow conservatives and the public. Our inaugural Center for Criminal Justice Reform will be joined by several more centers in the coming year, ranging from the humanities to defense policy.
Judicial Watch, Inc., a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law. Through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards of ethics and morality in our nation’s public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach.
The American Enterprise Institute is a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world. The work of our scholars and staff advances ideas rooted in our belief in democracy, free enterprise, American strength and global leadership, solidarity with those at the periphery of our society, and a pluralistic, entrepreneurial culture.
Family Research Council’s mission is to advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview. Family Research Council’s vision is a culture in which all human life is valued, families flourish and religious liberty thrives.
The mission of FIRE is to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience—the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. FIRE’s core mission is to protect the unprotected and to educate the public and communities of concerned Americans about the threats to these rights on our campuses and about the means to preserve them.
The Claremont Institute has identified the principles that will be necessary to defeat progressivism. We teach the principles of the American Founding, and their application today, to the brightest young conservative men and women who will, with our help, go on to positions of power and influence in government, the courts, academia, and the media. These distinguished Claremont fellows number over 450 and are leading the conservative charge to recover the American idea. Imagine when there are 4,500!
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The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.