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MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE

MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE

MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE: Nothing is more morally proper than to support those who passionately fight for and brilliantly articulate the greatest philosophy for living ever devised; nothing is more just than to give to an organization genuinely dedicated to a second Enlightenment. For us, nothing is more satisfying than knowing that after we're gone, our bequest will help ARI continue the struggle for that Enlightenment, for that sunlit world that will benefit our children, our grandchildren, and all those who choose to embrace it.

David and Nicole Ragaini, musicians (retired)
Lecanto, Florida

The Ayn Rand Institute is making a difference in my lifetime, something I never expected. In recent years, its success and activities have mushroomed! I have watched and supported the development of many excellent programs for spreading the existence of Objectivism. Seeing success makes me want to be even more supportive, and I regard the Institute as having truly earned my contributions, now and in the future. More importantly, it is assuring to me that ARI has the resources to meet its future goals. My legacy is not really to ARI — it is the legacy to my future grandchildren. I want them to grow up in Ayn Rand's sunlit universe.

Marilyn George, Montessori school owner/teacher (retired)
Greenville, South Carolina

When I watch a good movie, I feel great pleasure and inspiration when the "good guys" win — even though they're just fictional characters in a story. I'm rooting for them, cheering for them, and am elated when they do win. Similarly, I feel tremendous pleasure and encouragement contemplating the struggles and victories of great men of the past.

Looking forward in time, the "good guys" are the future thinkers and producers at any level. When I imagine the enormity of the philosophical and cultural battles to come, I want to do everything I can to make sure they win.

Even if I won't be around to see the ending of this story, I get pleasure now from knowing that my bequest will help to bring about a culture where, as never before in history, great men will flourish; and where great achievements beyond anything I can imagine will be produced.

Rob Tarr, investment manager
Villanova, Pennsylvania

My bequest to the Institute, which I stipulate must be spent within a few years of my death, extends my support of a life's values beyond the limits of my own life. And that enhances me now, in the life I am now living.

John Ridpath, professor (retired)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I support ARI for the opportunity it affords both young and old to enter Ayn Rand's sunlit universe. Little did I imagine when I read Atlas Shrugged as a teenager that the characters portrayed had counterparts in everyday life. I assumed that besides Ayn Rand and a few of her contemporaries, such people were entirely out of my reach. There was no one — except for my father, who introduced me to Ayn Rand — with whom to discuss the issues of the world. My thinking errors went unchallenged. Now I know personally that such people do exist, I have met them, and my perspective has been broadened immensely. For this reason, I want ARI to continue well past my lifetime with its educational pursuits. The Institute's work is the best way to ensure the long-term survival of civilization.

Susan E. Nadeau, medical secretary
Central Falls, Rhode Island


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