Philanthropist Donates . . . Books?
Calif--Orange County business leader and philanthropist Yuri Vanetik’s
contribution to the Ayn Rand Institute’s (ARI) Free Books to Teachers Program
is estimated to provide more than 2,000 Ayn Rand novels to high schools in
Orange County, California. In the last nine years, ARI, a nonprofit educational
organization, has distributed more than 1.9 million copies of “Atlas Shrugged,”
“The Fountainhead,” “Anthem” and “We the Living” to schools across the country.
Rand’s novels have been popular among English and literature teachers for
decades. “They portray events of profound, timeless significance, and are
inspiring and exciting stories with heroic characters fighting for their
ideals,” says Yaron Brook, president of the Ayn Rand Institute. “They challenge
readers to decide not just what will happen to particular characters, but what
their own lives and the world should be like.”
know firsthand the importance of reading Ayn Rand,” says Vanetik. “Learning
about her ideas on collectivism and individualism will challenge students to
think about the impact that government, business and they themselves have on
our future, and I am proud to be a part of this program.”
for the Free Books to Teachers program comes from private donations. Yuri
Vanetik is a private investor and philanthropist. He is the principal of Vanetik
International, LLC, a consulting firm, and a National Board Member of Gen Next,
an organization of business leaders dedicated to learning about, and becoming
engaged with, the most pressing challenges facing future generations.
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