Mission of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation
Extract from the Will of Robert Schalkenbach,
establishing the Foundation (1925):
“Being firmly convinced that the principles expounded by Henry George in his immortal book entitled “Progress and Poverty” will, if enacted into law, give equal opportunity to all and tend to the betterment of the individual and of society by the abolition of involuntary poverty and its attendant evils, I give…my estate…unto [the original 21 trustees of the corporation and their successors] to expend the same and any accretions of income thereof, in such amounts, at such times and in such manner as…may seem best for teaching, expounding and propagating the ideas of Henry George as set forth in his said book and in his other books, especially what are popularly known as the single tax on land values and international free trade…”
Mission as stated in the Certificate of Incorporation as amended in 1931:
“To keep before the public the ideas of Henry George as set forth in his book “Progress and Poverty” and his other writings, especially what are popularly known as the single tax on land values and international free trade; to secure discussion and consideration of these doctrines and their probable effect upon social welfare; to aid in the education of the public in the science of economics and sound principles of taxation; and for these purposes to establish and maintain such facilities as may be necessary for publishing, lecturing and educational activities and/or to give aid to individuals or other organizations with similar objects and to do all other acts that may tend to further the objects named.”
STRATEGIC MISSION STATEMENT – Adopted 2011:
A world of liberty and equality of opportunity arising from economic, social and environmental justice.
RSF provides solutions integrating concerns for:
· Economic, social and environmental justice,
· Poverty, and
· Government-granted privileges.
Main Strategic Concern:
· Building empirical models for estimating economic rents and the value of privileges
· Creating, testing and validating language and methods for communicating the roles of privileges and rents in a modern economy, and
· Commissioning and distributing publications that extend, expand and expound upon the classical political economy of Henry George.