Mackinac Center Triple Play: An Open Letter To Our Friends

Triple Play

Triple plays are rare in baseball, but given the opportunity, resourceful players make them happen.

2011 brought that opportunity to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. When a group of longtime donors offered us an unprecedented $1.65 million in matching funds early this year, we developed the Mackinac Center Triple Play around this unique chance to power a campaign to make Michigan the leading turnaround state in the country.

Today, thanks to generous support from donors like you, we have raised more than $1.1 million of the $1.65 million in new funding we need to meet this challenge.

If you have already donated to the Mackinac Center Triple Play campaign, you have our deepest gratitude. If you haven’t, then I hope you will take a few minutes to read this issue of Impact and consider making a gift toward our work to put Michigan back on track.

Throughout this issue, you can read about the many ways we are using Triple Play donations to carry out policy research, to hold elected officials accountable to limited government and free-market reforms, and to be a voice in the courts on behalf of the public interest in Michigan.

Through Triple Play, we are working toward these key policy goals:

  1. Fixing the state budget
  2. Regaining state control of health care
  3. Providing greater freedom in our schools and workplaces

Our aim is greater opportunity for all Michigan residents through sound public policies based on limited government, free enterprise and self-reliance.

But long-term policy reform takes time. That’s why our lead donors structured this matching grant opportunity to cover three years: 2011, 2012 and 2013.

During that time, these generous donors will match, dollar-for-dollar:

  • All gifts we receive from new contributors
  • Increased gifts from our current supporters
  • All pledges made in 2011 to donate in 2012 or 2013.

For our current supporters, this means that any additional gift to the Mackinac Center in 2011 that is above the amount of your 2010 donation will be matched, dollar for dollar. For example, if you donated $100 in 2010 and donate $150 in 2011, the additional $50 will be matched. In addition, any pledge you make in 2011 to donate to us in 2012 or 2013 will also be matched. 

But please don’t think we are relying just on current supporters to meet this challenge. More than 600 new supporters have joined us since February, after learning about the Mackinac Center Triple Play campaign and this exciting work to bring about long-lasting policy reform in Michigan.

You can make a donation to Triple Play using the reply envelope enclosed with this issue of Impact, or by visiting our website at

If you’ve already made a donation, then thank you again, and please consider helping us in another way by forwarding this issue of Impact to a fellow believer in limited government and free enterprise. With your help, we can complete the Triple Play and grow the network of support for the Michigan turnaround.