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Why American Purpose Must Thrive

Why American Purpose Must Thrive

We founded American Purpose in the midst of the pandemic as a fount of ideas. Now we need your help in securing our future.

American Purpose

We need your support. Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Gedmin has been tapped for interim roles: as president/CEO of RFE/RL the second half of last year and now as CEO of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks through the end of this calendar year. We need funds for the next six months to help us over the hump.

Why us? In these polarized times, so much political energy—and money—continues to flow to highly partisan and sectarian causes, which divide rather than strengthen our liberal-democratic communities.  

We need your contribution to cover the costs of our small, highly dedicated staff as we continue to search for long-term growth.

We founded American Purpose in the midst of the pandemic as a fount of ideas. We are proud of the richness of our content and of the intellectual diversity of our network. We have been rewarded by ever more young colleagues who have joined our ranks. We must increase this treasure.

In our articles, podcasts, videos, and the conversations we host, we are pursuing three goals:

• defend and promote liberal democracy in the United States

• understand and address the challenges to liberal democracy abroad

• engage responsibly in urgent political and cultural issues 

No matter who wins in November, we see danger to America’s security and well-being. And beyond, when authoritarians around the world seek to diminish the Best of the West. The health of our democracies is at stake. We need to remind our fellow Americans that domestic strife has serious international consequences.

To sustain American Purpose, we are calling for your generous financial support. Our personnel costs are modest compared to those of other publications. None of them produces so much value at so little cost. We get more bang for the buck.

Our summer goal is to raise $75,000 by August 1. Can you help?

Support AP with a Credit Card: 

You can make a gift to American Purpose with your credit card (please note: we currently do not accept American Express) or PayPal account by clicking here.

Support AP with a Check:

Checks can be made to "The American Purpose" and mailed to the following address:

American Purpose
5316 42nd St NW
c/o Jeffrey Gedmin
Washington, D.C. 20016

Support AP with a Wire Transfer:

To make a wire transfer, please email us at and we would be delighted to assist you.

Employer Gift Matching: 

Many employers offer matching gift programs that can double or even triple a donation's value. Check with your company to see if they will match your gift to American Purpose. Our FEIN number is 83-3490835.

American Purpose is a 501(c)3 and all contributions are tax deductible.

Please share this appeal with others in your network and community who believe in the future of liberal democracy. Tax-deductible contributions of any amount are gratefully received. Naturally, we also cherish any assistance in identifying larger gifts that will secure our long-term future.

Warmest thanks,
Jeffrey Gedmin and Francis Fukuyama, Co-Founders
The American Purpose Editorial board  

Image: Statue of Liberty. Author: Maarten van den Heuvel via Unsplash