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Personally, I’ve Never Dreamt of Sugarplums

And I bet you haven’t either, even though it’s the time of year for that. But I bet you have thought about making special choices for charitable (tax deductible!) giving – it’s the time of year for that too. We encourage you to consider National Review Institute as a recipient for such generosity. If for no other reason than this: Its powerful array of fellows constitute NRI America’s premier conservative journalism think tank. The collective wisdom and influence of these writers – each one possessing great talent and persuasiveness – are key to defending the principles you cherish and hope to see propagated, promoted, and promulgated (proudly and profoundly!) now and for future generations. With your selfless support — which you can donate here — NRI carries out the mission especially entrusted to it by Institute founder William F. Buckley Jr.

Of whom, and of whose legacy, NRI Fellow Jay Nordlinger writes today. Wonderfully. Give it a read. Be persuaded. (And maybe later check out Jay’s relatively new podcast, Jaywalking).

Other fellows have other wonderful things to say about what NRI does. For example, Kevin Williamson wrote an excellent piece making the case about NRI’s Buckley Journalism Fellowship program (this year it stars Alexandra DeSanctis and Teddy Kupfer). And then Rick Brookhiser revealed his thoughts on the importance of NRI’s Regional Fellowship Program. And Jonah Goldberg, in his most recent G-File, gave a great overview of NRI’s broad array of consequential programs.

Hey: We don’t do programs for programs’ sake, or fellowships for fellows’ sake. NRI does what it does, and darned well, in order to carry out, in its special way – amplifying and complimenting the efforts of your favorite magazine and website – the two-fold Buckley mission of standing athwart history yelling stop, and looking ahead to the future – a month, a year, a generation from now – to make sure conservative principles are sustained and thriving.

This is what we do. And this is what you want done. But the doing and the done-ing only happen with your help. As Jonah put it

because most people have lots of things going on in their lives — work, family, friends, faith, hobbies, etc. — not everyone can give as much of themselves to the conservative cause as we do here. But the only reason we can do as much as we do is because of you and people like you. We live every day knowing that we are indebted not just to Bill Buckley but to the numerous people who give what they can to keep the mission alive.

So please donate to NRI’s End-of-Year appeal – it’s seeking to raise $250,000. Boy do we have a long way to go. Help us reach it: You can make that generous contribution here. Of course, you can send a check (payable to “National Review Institute”) to the new digs at 19 West 44th Street, Suite 1701, New York, NY 10036. Many thanks.

Oh, and one last thing: What the heck is Santa feeding those reindeer? One of them is green!

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