Adam Smith Program
Department of Economics · George Mason University

Adam Smith Program awarded grant from John W. Pope Foundation



The Smith Program has been awarded a grant under the John William Pope Foundation's new Future of Freedom Initiative. As part of the award, Deputy Director Erik Matson will serve as one of the Foundation's inaugural Future of Freedom Fellows in the upcoming academic year.

About the Future of Freedom Initiative:

The John William Pope Foundation, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, has a 35-year tradition of supporting nonprofit public policy work that defends the American tradition of a free-market economy under the rule of law. The Pope Foundation’s Future of Freedom Initiative is a targeted grant program, established in 2022, that seeks to refresh, rebuild, and revitalize American conservatism. The initiative’s guiding principle is that a healthy movement, one broad enough to constitute a governing majority and strong enough to achieve and sustain policy victories, requires participation, dialogue, and cooperation from diverse groups, including traditionalists and libertarians. With these grants, the Pope Foundation is investing in projects and institutions that exhibit inclusion, integrity, innovation, and influence.

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