Searle Freedom Trust’s founder and namesake, Daniel C. Searle, was president, CEO, and eventually chairman of his family’s pharmaceutical company. That business, G.D. Searle & Company, made a number of well-known pharmaceuticals, including Enovid, the first oral contraceptive in the U.S. In a six-page mission statement for the Trust, Searle, who passed away in 2007, declared, “I am concerned about certain social, political, and economic trends that I see in our society. I believe that if these trends continue unabated, future generations will end up living in a world dominated by big government, devoid of ethical values, and lacking in individual initiative and responsibility.” Searle Freedom Trust is closely linked to other conservative organizations, including the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and DonorsTrust, and is required to “spend itself out of existence” by 2025 to ensure, according to Daniel Searle, “that the Foundation will always remain in the hands of people who understand my intentions and are committed to carrying out the Foundation’s mission.”

Notable Facts:

  • Searle Freedom Trust president and CEO Kim Dennis also currently chairs the board of DonorsTrust and serves as vice chair of Donors Capital Fund.
  • Searle Freedom Trust funds the Dan Searle Fellowship in Economics at DonorsTrust, which offers the opportunity for “newly minted PhDs to spend two years pursuing research as postdoctoral fellows before entering the academic job market.”
  • Grant advisors to the Searle Freedom Trust include DonorsTrust Vice Chairman James Piereson, Club For Growth founder Stephen Moore, and former AEI president Christopher DeMuth.
  • When Daniel Searle died in 2007, his family (at his request) asked that in lieu of flowers people send donations to the trust or the American Enterprise Institute.

793 transactions on record as a donor.

Ordered By: Year (Newer to Older)

#
Donor
Recipient
Amount
Year
Link
1Searle Freedom TrustArt Institute of Chicago$1,000,0002012+
2Searle Freedom TrustAtlas Economic Research Foundation$50,0002012+
3Searle Freedom TrustBrigham and Women's Hospital$101,2002012+
4Searle Freedom TrustBrookings Institution$15,0002012+
5Searle Freedom TrustBrookings Institution$35,0002012+
6Searle Freedom TrustBrookings Institution$99,9622012+
7Searle Freedom TrustCapital Research Center$35,0002012+
8Searle Freedom TrustCapital Research Center$50,0002012+
9Searle Freedom TrustCato Institute$50,0002012+
10Searle Freedom TrustCenter for Independent Thought$75,0002012+
11Searle Freedom TrustThe Claremont Institute$75,0002012+
12Searle Freedom TrustCollegiate Network$100,0002012+
13Searle Freedom TrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$175,0002012+
14Searle Freedom TrustCompetitive Enterprise Institute$50,0002012+
15Searle Freedom TrustDonorsTrust$250,0002012+
16Searle Freedom TrustDonorsTrust$200,0002012+
17Searle Freedom TrustDonorsTrust$200,0002012+
18Searle Freedom TrustDonorsTrust$330,0002012+
19Searle Freedom TrustDonorsTrust$100,0002012+
20Searle Freedom TrustDonorsTrust$325,0002012+
21Searle Freedom TrustDonorsTrust$338,5002012+
22Searle Freedom TrustDonorsTrust$30,0002012+
23Searle Freedom TrustDonorsTrust$100,0002012+
24Searle Freedom TrustDonorsTrust$100,0002012+
25Searle Freedom TrustDonorsTrust$35,0002012+
26Searle Freedom TrustDuke University$54,1412012+
27Searle Freedom TrustDuke University$52,1002012+
28Searle Freedom TrustEmployment Policies Institute Foundation$75,0002012+
29Searle Freedom TrustEncounter Books$32,5002012+
30Searle Freedom TrustEthics and Public Policy Center$75,0002012+
31Searle Freedom TrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$225,0002012+
32Searle Freedom TrustFederalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies$170,0002012+
33Searle Freedom TrustFlorida State University$60,0002012+
34Searle Freedom TrustFLOW THROUGH CONTRIBUTION VIA ENCAP ENERGY FUND V$42012+
35Searle Freedom TrustFlow Through Contribution Via KTC Hedge Products$1252012+
36Searle Freedom TrustFLOW THROUGH CONTRIBUTION VIA MADISON DEARBORN IV$252012+
37Searle Freedom TrustFLOW THROUGH CONTRIBUTION VIA THACKERAY PARTNERS$442012+
38Searle Freedom TrustFLOW THROUGH CONTRIBUTION VIA THE ADVISORS$362012+
39Searle Freedom TrustFLOW THROUGH CONTRIBUTION VIA THE ADVISORS$122012+
40Searle Freedom TrustFoundation for Individual Rights in Education$75,0002012+
41Searle Freedom TrustFranklin Center for Government & Public Integrity$150,0002012+
42Searle Freedom TrustFraser Institute$100,0002012+
43Searle Freedom TrustFree To Choose Network$100,0002012+
44Searle Freedom TrustThe Freedom Foundation$50,0002012+
45Searle Freedom TrustThe Freedom Foundation$50,0002012+
46Searle Freedom TrustFreedomWorks Foundation$75,0002012+
47Searle Freedom TrustGalen Institute$75,0002012+
48Searle Freedom TrustGeorge Mason University$700,0002012+
49Searle Freedom TrustGeorge Mason University$115,0002012+
50Searle Freedom TrustGeorge Mason University$30,0002012+
Contributions from private foundations and other nonprofit entities are based on a review of publicly available Forms 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Service. For more information about our methodology, visit our about page.