As I’ve traveled across our great state during the past two years, I’ve often been asked why I chose to work in advancement at the Mackinac Center.

One of the primary reasons is my two children. It was important to me in January 2010 that Luke, 17, and Sarah, 13, see Michigan as a vibrant place to live when they are adults. I realize each of them will make a purely personal decision about where to live, but better public policy makes them more likely to choose the state my wife and I call home.

Another reason for serving in this position is my strong belief in the power of the voluntary, collective efforts of individuals to effect positive change. This year, more people have stood with the Mackinac Center than ever before in our 23 year history.

As vice president for advancement, I work with Mackinac Center President Joe Lehman and the rest of the advancement team to raise the financial support critical to fueling this operation every year.

As 2011 comes to a close, I would like to thank each of you who have made a financial contribution to our work. Through the incredible generosity of many, the Mackinac Center’s board and staff have been able to work diligently every day to advance liberty and opportunity for all Michiganders.

December is the month when many people make a final year-end contribution to their favorite nonprofit organizations. Would you consider making one final financial gift to the Mackinac Center this year?

You can donate in several ways: simply use the envelope in this publication, contribute online at www.mackinac.org or call our office at 989-631-0900, and one of our staff would be glad to assist you.

With your help, we can continue to show how free people working together can make our state a better place to live — not just for us, but for future generations as well.