The Capital Research Center (CRC) was established in 1984 to study non-profit organizations, with a special focus on reviving the American traditions of charity, philanthropy, and voluntarism.
Since the launch of the Great Society programs by President Johnson and Congress in the 1960s, many thousands of nonprofit advocacy groups have emerged, often promoting more government welfare programs in areas once considered the domain of families, charities, neighborhood associations, and other voluntary organizations. The growth of government has increasingly supplanted the voluntary action and community-based problem solving that the great observer of early American society, Alexis de Tocqueville, recognized as a defining feature of our country.
Capital Research Center analyzes organizations that promote the growth of government and identifies viable private alternatives to government regulatory and entitlement programs. Their research forms the basis for a variety of publications, including:
- Capital Research Center home
- Organization Trends A monthly newsletter that reports on and analyzes the activities of advocacy organizations.
- Labor Watch A monthly newsletter that tracks the increasing activism of labor unions that are trying to achieve through political coalition-building the goals they have failed to achieve at the bargaining table.
- Foundation Watch A monthly newsletter that examines the grantmaking of private foundations.
- Compassion and Culture A monthly newsletter highlighting the work of small, locally based charities that help the needy.