Our Central Focus

Dear Friend,

 We hope you’ve had a chance to read our end-of-year newsletter recently sent to you. In it we focused a full spread on all twelve NRI fellows and highlight a few things about each of them to show you the breadth of their work and high value media where the fellows appear. NRI fellows — NR‘s best talent — are principled conservatives who every day are on the front lines of public debate, advancing our shared values . . . the values that Bill Buckley championed his entire life. 

Our fellows fight against the worst of the Left, helping preserve a free society for our children, and our children’s children. Supporting the NRI fellows work is central to our mission and it is with your support that we can continue to do so.

You may have seen on NRO that the fellows have written a series of pieces on what NRI means to them. You can hear directly from them. Below I share with you two snippets from recent emails from NRI fellows Jonah Goldberg and Kevin D. Williamson

“Bill Buckley himself always said that the mission comes before the magazine – but that the magazine was the best, but not the only, way to carry it out. That’s why he founded National Review Institute to support the mission. NRI sponsors conferences, speeches, and educational programs around the country, hosted by National Review writers, editors, and contributors. (If you must know, most of my salary now comes from the Institute. Lowry mostly pays me in chickens.) Without NRI, I couldn’t have finished my book. NRI fellow Kevin Williamson runs a journalism program. NRI drops David French behind enemy lines on one campus after another to fight for free speech.” – Jonah Goldberg

“One of Bill’s great talents was bringing conservative ideas into the world, beyond the cloisters of self-aware conservatives and right-leaning institutions. But he was an incandescent talent and personality, one of a kind, and while he was famously generous with his time, he did us all the great disservice of failing to be immortal. We’re always on the hunt for Buckleyesque talents, but we also spend a lot of time in the old-fashioned business of institution-building, in this case developing the National Review Institute into a wide-reaching organization that takes the ideas associated with the magazine and the movement that grew up around it off of the printed page and into the world. It’s a lot of fun. In addition to the Buckley fellowship, I travel the country speaking everywhere from college classrooms to business meetings.” – Kevin D. Williamson

If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to read Jonah and Kevin’s emails in their entirety, as well as Rick Brookhiser’s and Jay Nordlinger’s, and Jack Fowler wrote one as well. They are great reads and make a compelling case for why you should consider helping us reach our $250,000 year-end fundraising goal.

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 We appreciate your generosity. Your contribution to the Institute ensures that NRI fellows will continue Bill Buckley’s legacy of fighting the battle of ideas in the public square. 


Lindsay Craig

P.S. We have moved! Our new offices allow us to better support NR’s best talent: NRI fellows. Please consider an extra gift toward NRI’s Office Campaign, you can do so here. And visit us next time you’re in New York City!