Andrew McIndoe Educates Young People in Conservatism

January 16, 2012 | By Lauren Hart

Andrew McIndoe’s commitment to conservative principles has been years in the making.

Andrew, as a young twenty-something, has a resume with experience at Grove City’s Center for Vision and Values, the Leadership Institute, Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, The Fund for American Studies, Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation’s Associate Program, and the Bill of Rights Institute, where he is currently a director of development.

“Attending my first Leadership Institute’s Youth Leadership School in 2002 led to my first job as a youth campaign coordinator in the most expensive congressional primary race in 2004,” Andrew said.  “My first experiences in Washington, D.C. came to fruition because of my internship at the Leadership Institute. That summer served as a springboard for me in many ways.”

Since 2002, Andrew has attended 22 Leadership Institute trainings.

“When I was an intern at LI, during the summer of 2007 in Morton's office, I decided that I would try to attend every training that was offered during those few months,” Andrew explained. “LI interns didn't have to pay to attend trainings and we lived a few, short blocks away so learning how to win was a never-ending process.”

“I love how LI trainings provide attendees with both the theoretical background information on a subject and the technical, pragmatic know-how that's important to delivering
a victory for conservative causes,” Andrew said.  “After attending a wide variety of schools, I felt much more well-rounded and prepared to engage in the fight.”

Andrew said, “Be it direct mail, public relations, grassroots organizing, television training, or campaign management, I gained a much better understanding of how to be effective.”

Interning at the Leadership Institute was “also my first exposure to the incredible network of generous people who choose to invest in shaping the next generation of liberty-minded leaders. Little did I know that I would end up working in this field professionally after college,” Andrew said.

Following his LI internship, Andrew was a summer development intern at the Heritage Foundation and a summer Sarah T. Hermann Intern Scholar at Young America’s Foundation.  After college, Andrew participated in the Charles G. Koch Associate Program, a one-year competitive management training program, during which he worked at The Fund for American Studies as a development associate.

Currently, Andrew is director of development for the Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit organization that educates young people about the words and ideas of America’s founders, the liberties guaranteed in the founding documents, and how the founding principles continue to shape our free society.

“Working in development, I act as a philanthropic consultant, enabling generous people to achieve their charitable goals and reaching their dream of returning a Constitutional culture to the United States,” Andrew said.

Andrew was born in Oak Ridge, North Carolina and graduated from Grove City College in 2010 with a degree in political science and entrepreneurship.  At Grove City, Andrew was a marketing Koch fellow for Grove City’s Center for Vision and Values, a free-market campus think tank. 

He also founded the Crimson Conservatives, a campus organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual freedom. Crimson Conservatives are affiliated with LI’s Campus Leadership Program, which aids students in starting and maintaining conservative organizations on their campus.
 
Andrew also made school history when he won a second, year-long term as executive president of the Student Government Association at Grove City College.

“LI training is the best bang for your buck out there,” Andrew said.  “The staff and faculty work hard to keep up with the ever-changing world of technology. The faculty members are great which means the thousands of Institute graduates are constantly learning from the best in the field."

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