National Committee on Responsive Philanthropy provides a one page summary of a new research report by their former Executive Director, Rick Cohen, showing who and how the voucher movement is funded. Not to hold you in suspense, the Milton Freidman Foundation, the Sarah Scaife Foundation, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation make the list, as does the Walton Family Foundation. Rick stresses that these conservative funders use not just giving but a coordinated multi-sectoral strategic push to achieve their vision of social change.
In Strategic Grantmaking, Cohen identifies these strategies. One of these strategies is the use of unrestricted general operating support when giving to grantees at significantly higher rates than most foundations. These funders also tend to distribute more than the federally mandated 5 percent of assets, which means more money is getting into the hands of organizations that advance the agenda.
Cohen also found that the leaders of these foundations provide additional support to the privatization movement with personal contributions to candidates, political parties, political action committees and 501(c)(4) organizations.
Presumably, think tanks, pundits, soundbites, and policy papers are also part of the mix. We, true progessives, on the other hand, have our super-weapon: Eskimo Whale Chants. Social change begins inside us. By chanting to the whales we set good things in motion, not just for whales but for all our astral bodies.