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The Atlas Legacy Society

The Atlas Legacy Society

We are honored that so many of our members have shared their intentions of leaving a legacy to The Atlas Society. This Legacy Society is intended to highlight these donors and their commitment to our mission and dedication to living by Objectivist principles. 

The Atlas Society presents the empowering principles of Objectivism to a global audience, and offers those principles as a rational and moral alternative in the marketplace of philosophical ideas. As we have for three decades, The Atlas Society remains a strong advocate for the philosophy of reason, achievement, individualism, and freedom. 

You can help to ensure future generations learn about the values that foster a free and prosperous society by donating to The Atlas Society through your estate plans. 

To increase your philanthropic impact by making a revocable gift -- which doesn't require any upfront commitment of cash or other assets -- consider an estate gift through your will, living trust or other beneficiary accounts. These gifts may be structured in a variety of ways, but may provide a deduction at your passing, thereby reducing the potential for the imposition of an estate tax

If you have already included The Atlas Society in your will or estate planning please fill out a Letter of Intent.  Honoring your intent is important to us and by sharing a few details about your commitment, you enable us to  have a clear understanding of your giving intentions, so we may honor your wishes and help us better plan for The Atlas Society’s future. 

Information About Planned Giving

Below is a full overview of the standard planned giving language. The below does not include ALL types of planned gifts but rather the most common—The Atlas Society can accept gifts of all kinds.

ESTATE GIFTS

To make a revocable gift, which does not require any upfront commitment of cash or other assets, consider an estate gift through your will, living trust, or other accounts. These gifts may be structured in a number of ways, but usually provide a deduction at your passing, thereby reducing the potential for the imposition of the estate tax. 

Bequest 

A gift from your estate may be added to a new will or, by codicil, to an existing document. Here  is sample bequest language to share with your attorney: 

I give, devise, and bequeath (insert amount, percentage, or the remainder of the estate) to The Atlas Society, tax identification number 13-3554791, 22001 Northpark Drive, Ste 250 Kingwood, TX 77339 for general operations or (donor-designated purpose). 

While most bequests are funded with cash, you may also choose to make a tax-saving estate gift of stock, real or personal property, stock options, or savings bonds.

Beneficiary Designation 

Some assets result in both estate and income taxation if left to non-spousal beneficiaries  (children, grandchildren, etc.). To reduce your tax burden, consider leaving assets such as stock or real estate to family members, and leave retirement plans (401K’s, IRA’s, etc.) and commercial annuities passing to charitable organizations, such as The Atlas Society. Not only will your estate receive a deduction for the value of your gift, but as a nonprofit organization, The Atlas Society does not pay any income tax on the distribution of retirement plans or commercial annuities to it. You may also wish to name The Atlas Society as the irrevocable owner and beneficiary of an unneeded insurance policy. Please contact your plan administrator or custodian for more information and the appropriate change of beneficiary forms. 

ASSET GIFTS

Careful planning can help you maximize the value of your gift while potentially reducing your tax burden both during your lifetime and beyond. Consider the many assets that we acquire as we go through life—retirement plans, commercial annuities, life insurance, savings, or bonds. All these assets may be good candidates for a tax-saving gift to The Atlas Society, either now or in the future. 

Donor-Advised Fund 

Cash is often the easiest asset used to make an outright charitable donation. However, you may consider using other assets. You may also wish to name The Atlas Society as the beneficiary of a donor-advised fund. In most cases, you will receive an upfront income tax deduction as well as capital gains tax avoidance for donations of appreciated assets. 

Stock  

Giving appreciated stock helps The Atlas Society cover the costs of sponsoring conferences to meet young people in person, or sending copies of our publications to tens of thousands of students a year. 

Individual Retirement Account 

You may also make a gift to The Atlas Society from your individual retirement account (IRA). This is especially convenient for our friends who are 72 years or older and required to take minimum distributions. In order to maximize the tax benefits, funds must be transferred directly from your IRA to The Atlas Society by your investment manager or account custodian. (Please consult your tax or financial advisor if you are considering a charitable IRA rollover to The Atlas Society). 

Our Members

Hear from members of our Legacy Society about how Objectivism impacted their lives and why you should consider The Atlas Society a beneficial investment in the future of our country.

Steve Zbiegien
Willoughby Hills, Ohio 
Peter Hunt
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Steven Shmurak
Farmington, Connecticut

How does your support impact the next generation of leaders in our country?

Arthur Baranovskiy
Washington

Growing up in a traditional Russian family in a small town in the Pacific Northwest, it seemed to me that I had no choice but to fill the mold that was created for me by my parents and community. Conform to the opinions that I was raised with, get a generic technical degree at a university, and spend the rest of my life working a 9-5, followed by retirement. 

Although there is nothing wrong with this lifestyle, I always knew that this is not what I wanted to do with my natural skills and talents. After I read Atlas Shrugged in December of 2018, I immediately devoured the rest of Ayn Rand’s content, and felt a massive paradigm shift happen. Reading Atlas Shrugged gave my life a sense of purpose that I didn’t have before. Shortly after, in February of 2019, I quit my job and master’s degree, and started my own business, at the age of 21.

However content I was with my new literature and lifestyle, I felt very lonely -- I had no one to talk to about philosophy, capitalism, the importance of a productive and well-purposed life, the pursuit of individual happiness. After weeks of searching for someone to talk to and share my perspective with, I came across a video that mentioned The Atlas Society and was immediately interested. After reaching out to someone on the team, it was only months later that I was boarding my first flight and headed to Detroit to volunteer and meet The Atlas Society. 

Volunteering for The Atlas Society has included participating in one of their guest Instagram takeovers where I answered questions from their followers in regards to art, architecture, and entrepreneurship. I also frequently attend the Atlas Intellectuals meetings with Stephen Hicks and the book club discussions. 

The friends I have made through these programs encourage my ambitious goals -- like owning a private airplane before I’m 30 years old. These friends believe in the same thing that I do: the moral purpose of my life is the achievement of my own happiness. Through The Atlas Society, I have gained an international network of friends, each of whom is ambitious and incredibly impressive. I can’t be friends with someone I don’t admire -- and I greatly admire everyone that I’ve met through The Atlas Society. 

After starting an additional business, I even became a donor to The Atlas Society, have attended multiple events, and have joined several inner-society groups, such as the Atlas Intellectuals. Most importantly, I made a series of lifelong friends -- young people in their 20’s motivated to chase their dreams, to stand up against the moral corruption that pervades the educational system, to further the belief that a man’s moral purpose is the achievement of his own happiness. These friendships would not have happened without The Atlas Society, and I will always be grateful to the organization -- and its donors -- that I was given the opportunity to find mentors, and like-minded young people.

I hope that The Atlas Society’s outreach -- and funding -- can expand year after year, reaching more young people such as myself. Thank you to the current members and donors for your support. You are changing lives!

Franklin Camargo
Utah

Being born in Venezuela -- and living 21 years in the most collectivist society in the West today -- awakened in me an interest to learn not just about political, but also philosophical alternatives to these horrible ideas.

At the age of 18, when I was constantly researching different intellectuals dedicated to the promotion of individual liberties, I came across Ayn Rand through a video. From that first moment, she  made a strong impact on me, especially with her moral defense of individualism and capitalism. Today she represents my greatest intellectual influence.

In my home country of Venezuela, I gave myself the personal task of promoting the ideas of Objectivism, motivated by the ambition to change my country. I traveled to different states and universities presenting speeches and talks about Ayn Rand and Objectivism. Taking risks of all kinds -- that is how important these ideas have been to me.
Two years ago I was expelled from my medical school for my political activism, accused of being a terrorist and forced to leave my country to save my life. I went into exile in the United States of America. It took me a short time to realize that the ideas that govern Venezuela are being promoted by many politicians and intellectuals here in America, the “land of the free.”

A few months after arriving in this country, I had my first interaction with The Atlas Society. I had previously observed their wonderful work on social media. However, that day I approached a stand where Jennifer Grossman and Ana Kugler were present at a TPUSA Student Action Summit. They were incredibly kind to me, took down my personal information and later contacted me about the different activities the organization has to offer.  I devoured the Pocket Guide to Objectivism, Pocket Guide to Postmodernism and the two graphic novels.

In just over a year of being involved with The Atlas Society, I have been able to make videos for their social media, attend online activities, join their book club, attend their annual gala, and I know there are many exciting things to come.   I’m particularly thrilled about the Latin American outreach, and the new Spanish language publications, videos and social media channels they’ve launched.

The most relevant virtue of The Atlas Society is that they have turned Objectivism into an extremely attractive, interesting, and practical idea for young people. Which is especially important at a time when totalitarianism and collectivism seem to govern the minds of many millennials and Generation Z. 

The Atlas Society has helped me a lot intellectually, but it has also motivated me by surrounding me with incredible young people that inspire me to continue my efforts to spread Ayn Rand's ideas.

Thank you for supporting The Atlas Society, which every day will continue to bring the ideas of rational selfishness and capitalism to a young audience. As long as organizations like this exist, there is much hope.

Leonard Robinson III
Washington D.C.

If you asked me to use one word to describe The Atlas Society, I would say fearless. Whether it’s Draw My Life videos, maintaining a robust social media presence and relationships with crucial partners in the liberty space, or hosting impactful events on college campuses. 

The Atlas Society goes as far as possible to share Ayn Rand’s life and ideas with as many young people as possible. A thriving and ambitious organization committed to this cause is essential to our society and politics, especially now.

Atlas Society donors have generously ensured my attendance at all four Atlas Society Galas while also contributing significantly to my personal library to include copies of Stretchy Little Black Pants by Chip Wilson,  The Future is Faster Than You Think by Peter Diamandis, Plato’s Republic, and Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne C. Heller. 

Not to mention, The Atlas Society has served as a forum to meet so many people who have been inspired, motivated, and uplifted by Ayn Rand’s work and the “desire to achieve.” Fortunately, many of these people have grown to become friends, colleagues, and everything in between. 

My first introduction to The Atlas Society was when I met Jennifer Grossman in Washington, D.C., the summer before my senior year of high school. Our conversation spanned our shared family roots in Louisiana, our families’ courageous decision to leave for better opportunities, and how we discovered Ayn Rand and the impact that she had on our lives. Little did I know, it would be a meeting that would change my life. 

Jennifer and by extension, The Atlas Society, have granted more opportunities than I could count.  The Atlas Society has helped fulfill my passion for travel by allowing me to serve as the organization’s face at conferences in cities across the country, such as Cleveland, Las Vegas, New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Athens, GA. Each of these conferences served as educational opportunities complete with exciting and fascinating panels, educational materials, riveting lectures, and books. 

And lastly, The Atlas Society has given me the chance to establish numerous professional contacts and friendships while honing crucial networking and public speaking skills. In fact, I have often joked with Jennifer that more lessons came from speaking at the Americans for Tax Reform Wednesday meeting on behalf of The Atlas Society than my college-level communication courses. It’s worth noting that both of these skills have opened countless doors, to include professional opportunities at the New York Times and Reason.

Many thanks to this organization and the donors who support it.

Jack Nicastro
New York

Last May, I saw that The Atlas Society had posted on their Instagram page that they were raising donations on Giving Tuesday. Having made great use of their social media content, reposting their memes and quotes from Ayn Rand frequently on the Dartmouth Libertarians Instagram page, I figured it was only appropriate for me to provide value for value. To my surprise, Ana Kugler, the Development Director, reached out to me to apprise me of The Atlas Society’s student programs, book groups, and other ways to get involved. Isolated at home finishing up my virtual spring term at Dartmouth, I was excited to engage with a group of people who shared my conviction in limited government, individual rights, and capitalism. 

Aside from finding a group of engaging interlocutors with whom to discuss interesting novels such as The Case Against Socialism by Rand Paul, Little Black Stretchy Pants by Chip Wilson, and The Future is Faster than You Think by Peter Diamandis, I discovered a group of supportive, accomplished friends who are “motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” Thanks to the generosity of their donors, I was able to see these friends of mine in person at The Atlas Society’s 2020 gala in Malibu -- despite the confounding factor of tyrannical lockdown edicts. 

At the gala, I had the pleasure of networking with many pro-liberty individuals such as Nick Gillespie and David Kelley. I was also able to introduce myself to Dr. Edward Stringham, President of the American Institute for Economic Research which has been on the frontlines of combating pandemic fear-mongering and the authoritarian governmental policies that followed. Dr. Stringham was very impressed that I took the initiative to carry around envelopes with my resume in them and frequently regales our colleagues at AIER with the story. I have had the absolute pleasure of working as a paid research and writing intern for thought-leaders such as Jeffrey Tucker and Phil Magness since January and am immeasurably grateful to The Atlas Society for introducing me to Dr. Stringham. 

Aside from the opportunities for career advancement, I am most grateful to The Atlas Society for inspiring me to delve into the works of Rand which I had always put off because of their length. I am proud to say that I finished reading and annotating Atlas Shrugged in December 2020 and have since read Anthem and am reading The Fountainhead presently. These works, as well as Ayn Rand’s essays expounding on her philosophy of Objectivism, have been transformative in changing my approach to the world to one of benevolent, rational egoism. To this end, I’d like to share my favorite quote from Anthem which puts this perspective beautifully: “I wished to know the meaning of things. I am the meaning. I wished to find a warrant for being. I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction.”

Aaron Tao
Texas

I first encountered Ayn Rand during high school. Starting with Anthem, I was gradually led down an intellectual journey that led me to embrace her philosophy of individualism, freedom, and capitalism. Although I am less politically active today than I was during my college years and early twenties, I’ve found myself revisiting and re-embracing Objectivism in the last couple years, especially its emphasis that truth and reason exist in our world.

We live in a time where collectivism -- represented by social justice ideology, intersectionality, identity politics, critical theory, and postmodernism -- has taken hold of many university campuses and is spreading into workplaces, professional societies, and now mainstream American life.

The Atlas Society’s Senior Scholar, Stephen Hicks, in my view, has done more than any other person to identify the threat of postmodernism -- the root of anti-Western illiberalism that we’re seeing erupt throughout our society today. Despite its name, postmodernism is ultimately regressive and would take us back into the failed ideas of the past.

The ideas of Ayn Rand, namely individualism and universal reason, are the ultimate philosophical antidote to the postmodernist Left and its accompanying baggage of relativism and zero-sum identity politics.

In all my interactions with The Atlas Society -- which includes the enlightening scholarship of Professor Hicks, the inspiring leadership of Jennifer Grossman, the kindness of Ana Kugler, and the incredible courage of Venezuelan freedom activists -- I’ve found a true community of friends and family who are determined and will make this world freer.

We are in a battle of ideas that will determine the fate of human freedom in our lifetime.

The Atlas Society is a crucial meeting ground for our country’s future leaders. It’s where young men and women of reason and achievement find one another, learn from one another, and grow together. Your continued support is what makes their stories possible.

These young people draw strength from Objectivist principles -- and from the community we’ve created at The Atlas Society. Ayn Rand’s philosophy has helped them remain resilient and courageous despite pressures to conform and surrender to the politics of guilt and fear. Of course, there are so many others just like them that have never heard of The Atlas Society -- or of Ayn Rand -- and with your continued support we can and will reach them too.

Founded 30 years ago, The Atlas Society has stood the test of time. Our organization is reaching a point in its history where our mission and work is flourishing now more than ever. We have had the privilege of building a donor base of generous and committed supporters, some of which have been by our side since the founding of our organization in 1990.

Our growing engagement with young people and the next generation of American leaders online, at conferences, on campuses, and through social media is increasingly valuable. We ask for your help to reach this, and the next generation of Atlas Society supporters.

Thank you for considering including The Atlas Society in your will and estate plans.

Interested?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Development Director, Ana Kugler at legacy@atlassociety.org for any questions you may have about joining The Atlas Legacy Society. 

Please also take a moment to complete the Letter of Intent so we can honor your commitment and if you’d like, feature you on this page.

We promote open Objectivism: the philosophy of reason, achievement, individualism, and freedom.