Colorado Books Project Funding Drive

 Posted by on 14 May 2006 at 7:23 am  Uncategorized
May 142006

Paul and I will be away from the computer for the next week, so I’ve decided to shut down NoodleFood (including the comments). I don’t wish to be overwhelmed with comments to read (including spam to delete) upon my return, since I’m still drowning in over 100 e-mail messages in my inbox.

So while I’m gone, I’d like to ask you for a favor. As many of you know, I deliberately refuse to solicit “tips” for NoodleFood. I won’t wish to be beholden to any donors in my writing. However, if you enjoy NoodleFood, I’d be enormously grateful if you’d make a (tax-deductible!) donation to the Ayn Rand Institute for the “Colorado Books Project.”

Last year, Front Range Objectivism raised over $11,000 for the “Free Books for Teachers” for Colorado to enable high school teachers to teach Anthem and The Fountainhead by providing them with copies of the necessary books, as well as teaching manuals and the essay contest. However, that money wasn’t enough, since ARI received almost double the expected requests for books. (Hooray!) So Front Range Objectivism has just started its second “book drive” to fund the Colorado Books Project next year. Lin Zinser is hoping to raise $14,000, but I’d like to raise even more. And I hope you’ll help me.

Paul and I donate heavily to the books project. The Free Books for Teachers is undoubtedly ARI’s most important project for introducing young people to Ayn Rand’s ideas. It gives students the opportunity to read Ayn Rand’s fiction — whereas they might never have heard of her otherwise. Some few of those will become Objectivist intellectuals, well-trained by the Objectivist Academic Center. Many others will become Objectivists or Ayn Rand sympathizers, actively interested in hearing what those Objectivist intellectuals have to say about politics and culture. Many others will simply become somewhat less hostile to Ayn Rand’s ideas, i.e. to reason, selfishness, and capitalism. Since these novels are great fiction, they aren’t a hard sell: ARI has found that teachers are eager to teach them and students are eager to read them — if the books are available. And ARI is making them available. In return, all that teachers must do is agree to teach them.

I’m asking you to donate to the Colorado Books Project because the success of the project is of enormous personal importance to me. More than anything else, students reading Ayn Rand’s fiction in high school will make a huge long-term difference to my teaching of philosophy. So I’m asking you, my readers, to help me make that happen. I’d be delighted if you donated for your own state, but I’d be grateful if you donated for Colorado. You can donate so via this page. Just be sure to direct your donation to the proper project: the Colorado Books Project. If you do that, please do send me an e-mail, so that I can know to whom I ought to be grateful. (I don’t need to know the amount of your donation.) Any donation — large or small — will be appreciated.

For more details, I’ve included Lin Zinser’s letter to Front Range Objectivism about the second book drive for the Colorado Books Project:

Dear Frost and Frolic Supporters –

It is time for the second annual book drive to enable Colorado high school students to have the opportunity to read Anthem and The Fountainhead in their school classrooms.

The Ayn Rand Institute created this program to put copies of the books (with lesson plans and teacher aids) in the classrooms. Since its inception in 2002, almost 500,000 copies of these two books have been placed in high school classrooms. The program works this way — each year, ARI sends out announcements to teachers offering them books for their classrooms at no cost to the teachers or schools. The cost of purchasing and shipping the books is paid for by donors — like us. The books are shipped from ARI.

Last year, through your generous donations to this project, we raised more than $ 11,000, which would have purchased over 1,300 books for Colorado high schools. And, ARI sent out more than 3600 books. The demand was more than double what ARI expected. Each of those books had a frontplate showing that the books were donated by Front Range Objectivism, and listed both our website and the ARI website address.

On a more personal note, I was contacted by a teacher and her class this year at Summit County High School (through our website). She has been teaching The Fountainhead for five years to her students. This year her class was 28 students. As a result of visiting our website, she invited me to go to her school and talk to her students about the philosophy of Ayn Rand. Ari Armstrong and I spent 2 hours in her classroom, one day last month, talking with the students and answering their questions about Objectivism and The Fountainhead. It was exhilarating. And, next year, instead of teaching an honors class, she will be teaching a regular class of 68 students, which means she needs 40 more books than she used this year. We can fill that gap!

So, this year, we need to raise more money. Our goal over the next seven weeks will be to raise $14,000 to support this project. Our deadline is June 29, the day before OCON starts.

You can support this project by 1) sending a check to ARI – marked Colorado Book Project; 2) sending or giving me a check payable to ARI — which I will then forward to ARI; 3) donating shares of stock to ARI and identifying them as part of the Colorado Book Project. (Contact Kathy Cross at ARI to do this )

ARI’s address is

The Ayn Rand Institute
2121 Alton Parkway, Suite 250
Irvine, California, 92606-4926

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Thank you for your support.

Lin Zinser
Front Range Objectivism
Phone: 303.431.2525
8700 Dover Court
Arvada, CO 80005

Full instructions for the various methods of donation can be found here.

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