Atlas Economic Research Foundation

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Atlas logo circa 2008

The Atlas Economic Research Foundation (AERF) was founded in 1981 by Antony Fisher. Its vision is: "to achieve a society of free and responsible individuals, based upon private property rights, limited government under the rule of law and the market order". Or in more colourful terms used by John Blundell (president from 1987 to 1990), the mission of Atlas is "... to litter the world with free-market think-tanks."

Atlas promotes international development of free market think tanks and provides support and networking opportunities for existing organizations. Atlas brings "freedom to the world" through workshops, publications, awards, and a global directory of conservative/free market think tanks. Atlas is a member of both the Cooler Heads Coalition and the State Policy Network. Atlas is funded by conservative foundations, including the Sarah Scaife Foundation, Earhart Foundation and the Carthage Foundation



On 2 August 2002, AERF wrote to President Bush, discouraging him from attending the UN Summit on Sustainable Development. Bush did not attend.[1]


Atlas Economic Research Foundation has received $680,000 from Exxon Mobil since 1998.

Year Amount Donor Name Purpose Source
1998 $65,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving global climate conference and other support ExxonMobil 1998 grants list
2000 $50,000 ExxonMobil Foundation General Support ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990
2001 $150,000 ExxonMobil Foundation General Support ExxonMobil 2001 Annual Report
2002 $50,000 ExxonMobil Foundation   ExxonMobil 2002 Annual Report
2003 $190,000 ExxonMobil Foundation   ExxonMobil 2003 Corporate Giving Report
2004 $75,000 ExxonMobil Foundation   Exxon Giving Report 2004
2005 $100,000 ExxonMobil Foundation   ExxonMobil 2005 DIMENSIONS Report (Corporate Giving)



Circa 2004

Circa 2011

Chuck Albers | John Blundell | Timothy Browne | Alejandro Chafuen | Dan Grossman | Abby Moffat | George Pearson | Andrea Millen Rich | René Scull | William Summer | Linda Whetstone | Curtin Winsor


Circa 2011

References, Resources and Contact


4084 University Drive Suite, 103 Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-934-6969
Fax: 703-352-7530
Internet Archive: (from 2008 to present)
Internet Archive of previous website: (archive from 2000-2007)


Funding of Atlas

  • Bridge Project Atlas Economic Research Foundation, accessed 28 August 2013.
  • "Corporate-funded Lobbyists Aimed to Sabotage Johannesburg Summit," Africa News, 8/19/2002
  • ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990

Exxon pages

None of the pages below are available on the internet or in the Internet Archive (because of Robots.txt exclusions)


  1. "Corporate-funded Lobbyists Aimed to Sabotage Johannesburg Summit," Africa News, 19 August 2002.