Frequently Asked Questions About the Cardinal Institute
- What is the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy?
The Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit think tank founded in 2014. The Cardinal Institute is dedicated to researching, developing, and communicating free-market economic public policies for West Virginia that promote liberty, prosperity, and personal responsibility. We believe these principles will help West Virginia thrive like never before – achieving the economic turnaround that we like to call the “West Virginia Miracle.”
- Who founded the Cardinal Institute?
The Cardinal Institute was founded by St. Albans-native, Keith Pauley, our chairman of the board. Keith and others thought it important to have a free-market, limited-government voice actively and consistently engaged in the marketplace of ideas in West Virginia.
- What is a think tank?
Think tanks provide academic content, participate in debate & discussion, and build policy concepts to help solve the challenges faced by the communities they serve – Cardinal’s community is the 1.8 million individuals that call West Virginia home. Most importantly, think tanks educate the public about how proposed or existing policies impact their lives.
- Who funds the Cardinal Institute?
The Cardinal Institute is funded through foundation grants and donations from private individuals.
- Does the Cardinal Institute accept taxpayer money?
No, the Cardinal Institute does not receive funds from any government institution. All donations to the Cardinal Institute are voluntary.
- Does the Cardinal Institute support politicians or candidates?
No, the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and as such, is not involved in elections or political campaign work per IRS regulations.
- Where is the Cardinal Institute located?
The Cardinal Institute’s office is in downtown Charleston, West Virginia.
- Is the Cardinal Institute pro-business?
The Cardinal Institute is pro-market, not pro-business. Our mission demonstrates our commitment to free market principles and limited government. We do not seek any favoritism or advantage for any industry, business, or special interest.
- Will the Cardinal Institute share the names of its donors?
Cardinal strictly respects donor privacy. Cardinal believes in transparency for government; privacy for citizens.
- Why do donors give to the Cardinal Institute?
Donors give to the Cardinal Institute because they share our values, mission, and vision for a better, more-prosperous West Virginia. Quite simply, Cardinal’s donors share our principles about what fuels prosperity and want to partner with us achieve the “West Virginia Miracle.”
- Does the Cardinal Institute lobby?
By law, the Cardinal Institute is permitted to lobby. Cardinal has lobbied for one year and at a level far below what is permissible. Cardinal’s decision to lobby is made on a yearly basis.