More than ever, the free-market policies that have elevated Florida to the top of many economic freedom rankings need promotion and protection. The James Madison Institute has unveiled several new developments that hone in on this goal.We recently launched the Forward for Florida Initiative, which highlights two new JMI policy centers, The J. Stanley Marshall Center for Educational Options and the Center for Property Rights, as well as the opening of JMI regional offices in Orlando and Naples.In combination with new regional outreach and programming planned for every major metropolitan area in the state, JMI’s Forward for Florida Initiative will give the Institute a strategic omnipresence in the years ahead.We hope you will help us in this effort by supporting the Forward for Florida Initiative today.??This is JMI’s most significant expansion since the acquisition of our headquarters in 2011, and we are asking everyone in the JMI family to help us build capacity and increase our influence and impact. This programmatic expansion will require us to grow our operating budget by 25 percent in 2015.We hope you will carefully consider what you can do to put this new initiative on firm financial footing. The support of our members has been crucial to our work and this investment has helped make Florida one of the freest states in the Union and a model for our country. Let’s keep it that way!  ?

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We seek to raise $1,530,000 in new funding. At this level, we will be able to fully fund  these two initiatives for the next three years, ensuring an immediate impact in our state. We are excited to announce that since we have mailed out the Forward for Florida campaign material, we have already received more than $300,000 in pledges. This now brings us to more than $825,000 in pledges and gifts received toward this campaign. We are now more than halfway to our goal!If you would like more materials on this initiative, please email Francisco Gonzalez, VP of Advancement at fgonzalez@jamesmadison.org. If you’re ready to help us meet our funding goal now, you can make a donation online today.??As we grow, we will continue to fight for the free-market, limited government ideals that are essential to helping Florida move forward. Your support will further strengthen The James Madison Institute’s influence and help us to make Florida a model for the nation. Thank you!