The Mackinac Center for Public Policy's work is focused on Michigan but as our influence and reputation continue to grow, it's only natural good people from other states support what we do. In fact, roughly one-third of the Center's voluntary support now comes from individuals, foundations, and businesses in states other than Michigan.
William Dunn of DUNN Capital Management in Stuart, Fla., is one significant source of that non-Michigan support. Bill believes in "building the free-market movement" by betting on the best in the business. To that end, he supports not only the Mackinac Center, but also a number of other like-minded organizations he regards as particularly effectiveincluding the Institute for Justice, the Washington, D.C.-based public interest law firm representing the Mackinac Center against a Michigan Education Association lawsuit.
Bill's firm began operations in October 1974 and currently manages over $1 billion in the global exchange-traded futures markets. Over its nearly 30 years in business, DUNN has produced a compound annual rate of return of over 22 percent net of all fees and expenses, making it one of the oldest, largest, and best-performing futures trading managers in the world.
"By supporting the Mackinac Center, I know my investment gets leveraged into progress across many issues and many states and even some foreign countries," says Dunn. "No other group does as much to inspire and train other free-market organizations. The Mackinac Center stresses sound management and superb stewardship of donor dollars like no other."
Bill is "one of the most strategic thinkers among free-market philanthropists," says Mackinac Center President Lawrence Reed. "He appreciates the value of our leadership role among state-based think tanks. When the Institute for Justice and the Mackinac Center beat the MEA in court, Bill will be among the first people we'll call with the good news because of his generous assistance to both our organizations."