The Foundation

James Randi --- Wizard (randi-hotline@ssr.com)
Wed, 3 Apr 1996 04:04:32 -0500

THE FOUNDATION IS IN BUSINESS!

It is my great pleasure to announce the creation of the
James Randi Educational Foundation. This is a non-
profit, tax-exempt, educational foundation under
Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code,
incorporated in the State of Delaware. The Foundation
is generously funded by a sponsor in Washington D.C.
who wishes, at this point in time, to remain anonymous.

The Foundation will have its home office in Florida,
where a 7,000-square-foot facility is presently in
preparation, to house an extensive book- and video-
library facility with reference and lending capacity, a
sophisticated computer setup with a World Wide Web
server and very high-speed 24-hour Internet access for
researchers, students, and the media. We will be using
state-of-the-art technology, and will be prepared to
supply copies of photographic, video, audio and printed
materials to persons who request those materials, at
very little or no cost, via fax, telephone, Internet,
mail or personal contact.

Most importantly, the Foundation will be prepared to
conduct and/or finance original, basic, research in
subjects of interest, ranging through many aspects of
paranormal, occult, and supernatural claims. Working
with competent scientists, technicians, and engineers
who will design the experimental protocols for
critically examining the claims, and will implement the
experimental procedures either in-house or in their own
facilities, we will also publicize the results of the
inquiries.

We will conduct classes and seminars for students,
teachers, the media, and the public. These meetings
will deal with the goals of the Foundation.

In addition, the Foundation will be offering
scholarships to students in the USA and abroad who are
invited to compete by creating projects or writing
essays dealing with subjects or claims generally
classified as paranormal. This work will be evaluated
by referees outside the Foundation on the quality of
the preparation, implementation, and reporting of the
results -- but not on the conclusions arrived at by the
students.

We hope to interest competent academics in various
fields, in joining in the work of the Foundation. In
particular, we are looking for persons involved in
parapsychology to co-operate and work with us. Several
persons have already been approached and have expressed
interest.

Within two years, we hope that the Foundation will have
become self-supporting. That is, I believe, a
realistic expectation. We will depend upon grants and
other such funding to a large extent, since our purpose
is to act as an information source available to all, at
absolutely minimal cost to the client.

A Foundation newsletter seems inevitable, and should be
expected by the end of this year. Whether that will
develop into a journal, remains to be seen. In any
case, a journal could be expected to take the form of
an electronic data base, rather than a printed
document.

I can assure you that the James Randi Educational
Foundation will be designed and run in a manner that
offers no impediment nor opposition to any of the
splendid organizations already in existence around the
world, that share our goals. Rather, we will seek the
active involvement and co-operation of all these
groups, and we will offer our full support to all of
them. Our battle should be with pseudoscience,
superstition, quackery, nonsense, and misinformation --
not with one another. I look forward to using this
great opportunity which has been entrusted to me, for
the purpose of not only educating the public, but
reminding all of us that we can only succeed if we work
together.

I will look forward to hearing from those of you who
might wish to offer me your skills and your valued
opinions in what I see as a great challenge, a fearsome
responsibility -- and a glorious opportunity.

Technical assistance in a myriad of specialties will be
welcome. If you have skills in computer programming,
in graphics, layout, video, or in any other direction,
and would like to assist us in getting off the ground,
please contact me.

Those of you who might have material on hand (books,
journals, articles, video/audio recordings,
photographs, etc.) that could be integrated into the
Foundation's data system, please contact me for
information on whether we could accept such materials.
The intention is to digitalize material and supply
copies to clients.

We will be serving the Hispanic community as well, so
that materials in Spanish -- as well as other languages
-- will be welcome.

We would appreciate being placed on the mailing lists
of any groups or individuals that might assist us in
augmenting our data. The start-up library consists of
280 books on paranormal-and-related subjects at this
point. Any contributions will be attributed to the
proper sources.

When the James Randi Educational Foundation is in full
operation, you will be notified by appropriate means.
And of course you will be invited to visit the home
office in person. The Foundation World Wide Web page
is being prepared and should be available within two
months.

Thank you all.
James Randi.

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