DEAR FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS,
As you will see in the Institute's Year-End Update, 2019 was a busy year, with MI continuing to pursue policy reform in Congress and in state houses and city halls across America. Through rigorous and objective research—and fearless in-person reporting—our scholars put forward fresh ideas to address today’s most vexing urban problems. Heather Mac Donald’s groundbreaking analysis of San Francisco’s crisis of homelessness and disorder, which ran recently in City Journal, is but one example.
Over the year, MI’s scholars also addressed issues of character and culture, including the invaluable contribution to our national life made by civil society organizations dedicated to cultivating the virtues of thrift, self-reliance, and hard work. While government programs address the symptoms of poverty, these organizations attack the problem at its roots. Our Civil Society Awards and Fellows programs celebrated voluntary associations and private charities around the country that are building the resilience of America’s disadvantaged youth.
We at MI are grateful that you followed our work this past year. If you do not already support us financially, please consider doing so, as we look forward to advancing policies that foster economic growth, upward mobility, and individual liberty in 2020.
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