Money changes everything, especially in politics. Politicians, think tanks, and political parties would not be where they are without monetary gifts. Yet, when it comes to celebrating donors, the media often praise liberals for their selfless giving and criticize conservatives for their selfish hoarding. But Ron Robinson and Nicole Hoplin, leaders of Young America's Foundation, set the record straight in Funding Fathers: The Unsung Heroes of the Conservative Movement. Part historical account of the conservative movement and part exposé about political philanthropy, Funding Fathers busts the myth that conservatives donate less money than democrats and exposes how the media, liberal organizations, and even conservatives perpetuate this lie. In Funding Fathers, Robinson and Hoplin reveal:
* How conservative donors have had as much influence on the conservative movement as people like Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley Jr.
* Why anonymous donations can do more harm than good to the conservative movement
* How donations benefiting conservative ideas are often misappropriated at universities across the U.S.
* How conservative politicians and organizations use donations more efficiently than liberals
Money matters. But it is not the size of the donation that counts, it is the impact it makes. Funding Fathers shows how the unsung heroes of the conservative movement have not only influenced the past, but also how they continue to shape the future.
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About the Author
Nicole Hoplin is the director of foundation relations for Young America's Foundation and is a member of the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors. Hoplin is a Truman Scholar and holds bachelor degrees in political science and psychology from St. Olaf College and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Minnesota. In 2001, Hoplin co-authored a publication for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on the effectiveness of an intergovernmental rural development partnership. She has also previously served as editor of a quarterly publication, Libertas. Nicole Hoplin lives in New York City.