Whilst many of our donations are given without restriction, we do understand that when making a special gift, there are times when you might prefer to “restrict” the use of your gift to a particular purpose or project.
If there is something particular you have in mind for your donation, please do get in touch with the Development team via the contact page.
If you are looking for ideas, our most popular programme for restricted gifts currently is our work with the next generation:
1) Student Education Programme A key part of our mission is educating and informing students and young people about free market ideas. We travel the length and breadth of the country talking about free market economics and distributing our publications and are proud to have the largest student education programme of any UK think tank, directly reaching over 35,000 students every year.
Our programme includes:
Hosting dozens of interns a year for three-month placements at our Westminster offices, in addition to our more structured summer internships for 120 Sixth Form students and over 80 university students.
Reaching over 2,000 students through our Sixth Form conferences – held at schools across the country absolutely free of charge.
Publishing EA Magazine – the UK’s first ever free market magazine written and designed for the 16-25 age group. EA is distributed, free of charge, to every school and university in the UK teaching economics and business.
Holding our annual THINK Conference every summer, which attracts more than 600 attendees. Recent speakers have included Nobel Prize-winning economist Dr Vernon Smith, The Economist Deputy Editor Tom Standage, Roger Bootle, and best-selling author Tim Harford.
Plus running two essay competitions, teachers seminars and Oxbridge training days; offering revision help online and providing scores of speakers to University Societies and debating groups.
In 2018 we also launched our Student Opportunity Fund – a special fund dedicated to providing grants to students to cover the cost of entry fees, food, travel and accommodation for those who otherwise would not be able to access our programme.
We rely entirely on donations to help support our student activities. For more information on our student education programme, please click here. If you would like to get in touch to talk about making a donation towards our student activities, please click here.
Other popular workstreams currently include
2) International Trade and Development Unit
Working to educate and inform politicians and public alike on the most advantageous trade relationships between the United Kingdom and the European Union, and, just as importantly, with the rest of the world. In 2018 the IEA published “Plan A+: Creating a prosperous post-Brexit U.K” which explains why the adoption of a four-pillared trade policy strategy, taking unilateral, bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral action to deliver a more competitive and thriving UK economy would deliver the Brexit Prize.
3) The Paragon Initiative
Launched in 2015, this initiative seeks to provide a fundamental reassessment of what the UK government should – and shouldn’t – do. The five-year programme will cover dozens of policy areas as diverse as the future of the NHS, the future of Britain’s relationship with the EU, housing, childcare and many more. It will create a blueprint for a better Britain, a practical and workable vision for a freer, healthier and wealthier Britain than ever before.