Capital Research Center

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Capital Research Center
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The Capital Research Center offices located in Washington, D.C.
Formation 1984
Founder Willa Johnson
Type Nonprofit organization
Headquarters Washington, D.C., United States
Services Study of charity, philanthropy, voluntarism
Official language
Revenue (2015)
Expenses (2015) $2,030,597[1]

Capital Research Center (CRC) is an American conservative non-profit organization located in Washington, D.C. and founded in 1984 by Willa Johnson "to study non-profit organizations, with a special focus on reviving the American traditions of charity, philanthropy, and voluntarism." The group opposes the growth of government-welfare programs and promotes private sector alternatives.[2] It discourages donations by corporations to non-profits supporting what it sees as anti-business or liberal policies.[3] The Capital Research Center is sometimes described as right wing or as being part of the New Right.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

Policy stances[edit]

Capital Research Center is highly critical of animal rights activists and the environmental movement. In 2006 it published The Green Wave: Environmentalism and Its Consequences, a book by Dr. Bonner Cohen. In 2007 it published the third edition of The Great Philanthropists and the Problem of “Donor Intent” by Martin Morse Wooster, senior fellow at the Center. In 2008 it published Guide to Nonprofit Advocacy, by James Dellinger. The CRC says Al Gore's campaign to control carbon emissions is motivated by the likelihood that he will make an "immense fortune" if laws are passed to control them;[16] argues that organized labor is bad for America;[17] and has criticized government efforts to weaken intellectual property protection of prescription medications.[18]


CRC was founded in 1984 by Willa Johnson, former Senior Vice President of the Heritage Foundation, Deputy Director of the Office of Presidential Personnel in the first Reagan administration, and a legislative aide in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. CRC's current president is Scott Walter, a former Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy in the George W. Bush Administration, and former vice president of the Philanthropy Roundtable.[19]

Journalist and author Marvin Olasky previously served as a senior fellow at the CRC.[20]


Politico reports that the CRC has received millions of dollars of funding from conservative philanthropies over the years.[21] The philanthropies include foundations run by the Koch family, the Scaifes, and the Bradleys. As of 2005 CRC had received $115,000 from ExxonMobil.[22]


The Capital Research Center came under fire in the 1990s for publishing studies highly critical of charities which engaged in anti-tobacco lobbying efforts.[23] These charities include the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society. It was later revealed that tobacco giant Philip Morris provided $50,000 in funding to the Capital Research Center.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Capital Research Center" (PDF). Foundation Center. 28 August 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2017. 
  2. ^ CRC's "About" Page
  3. ^ Barr, Stephen (July 2, 1997). "12 Foundations Push Conservative Agenda; $210 Million Given Over 3 Years". The Washington Post. p. A.21. 
  4. ^ Strom, Stephanie (9 May 2004). "CAMPAIGN 2004: THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATOR'S WIFE; In Vast Philanthropy, Kerry's Wife Wields Sway". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Tollerson, Ernest (19 December 1996). "Charities Debate Tactic To Limit Gifts' Life Span". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Allen, Mike; Weisman, Jonathon (11 August 2004). "Tax Cuts Become A Juicier Target". The Washington Post. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Kamen, Al (19 May 1995). "Armey: Generous CEOs Took a Left Turn". The Washington Post. 
  8. ^ Pfeiffer, Eric (September 27, 2006). "Soros favors curbs on judges' travels ; Funds group favoring restrictions". Washington Times. p. A.10. 
  9. ^ Buttel, Frederick H.; Kenneth A. Gould (2004). "Global social movement(s) at the crossroads: some observations on the trajectory of the anti-corporate globalization movement" (PDF). Journal of world-systems research. X (1): 51–52. ISSN 1076-156X. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-06-30. Retrieved 2006-05-07. 
  10. ^ Roddy, Dennis B. (2004-03-07). "Right zooms in on Heinz grants". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-05-07. 
  11. ^ Teepen, Tom (January 14, 1997). "POLITICS, ETHICS AND HARDBALL Strong arm of the GOP". The Atlanta Constitution. p. A.07. 
  12. ^ THOMAS., JENNIFER S. (July 12, 1995). "Non-profit groups feeling squeezed". St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Fla. p. 1.A. 
  13. ^ GOTTLIEB, MARTIN (June 4, 1995). "DONATING NOW A POLITICAL ACT". Dayton Daily News. Dayton, Ohio. p. 7.B. 
  14. ^ Youngblood, Dick (January 23, 1991). "A bundle of bahs for folks most deserving". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, Minn. p. 01.D. 
  15. ^ JOHNSTON, DAVID (January 1, 1987). "IRS Seeks to Impose Curbs on Lobbying by Charities". Los Angeles Times. p. 1. 
  16. ^ Lucas, Fred (24 July 2008). "Al Gore's Carbon Empire: Cashing in on Climate Change" (PDF). Capital Research Center. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 February 2012. 
  17. ^ Reitz, Michael (June 2008). "When Unions Negotiate With Governments – What Should the Public Know, When Should They Know It?" (PDF). Labor Watch. Capital Research Center. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-28. 
  18. ^ Crow, Karl (January 2008). "The New War on Drugs – Activists and Politicians Attack Intellectual Property Rights" (PDF). Organization Trends. Capital Research Center. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-27. 
  19. ^ "CRC Staff Biographies". Capital Research Center. 
  20. ^ Eig, Jonathan (3 July 1994). "Strains of compassion; Frustration over rising homelessness leads some cities to limit panhandling, reduce aid". The Dallas Morning News. 
  21. ^ Vogel, Kenneth (3 April 2011). "Right seeks edge in 'oppo' wars". Politico. Archived from the original on 7 April 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  22. ^ "Put a Tiger In Your Think Tank". Mother Jones. May 2005. 
  23. ^ Charities' Anti-Tobacco Lobbying Is Criticized Archived July 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  24. ^ White J, Bero LA (February 2004). "Public health under attack: the American Stop Smoking Intervention Study (ASSIST) and the tobacco industry". Am J Public Health. 94 (2): 240–50. doi:10.2105/AJPH.94.2.240. PMC 1448234Freely accessible. PMID 14759933. 

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