The Institute for 21st Century Relationships

The Russell-Shaw Society

Leaders in the Effort to Support and Preserve Freedom in Relationship Choice

"[C]onventional morals…assume, in monogamous countries, that attraction to one person cannot coexist with a serious affection for another. Everybody knows that this is untrue."
-Bertrand Russell 

"Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people."
-George Bernard Shaw 

"The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence that it is not utterly absurd; indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more often likely to be foolish than sensible."
-Bertrand Russell

"Confusing monogamy with morality has done more to destroy the conscience of the human race than any other error."
-George Bernard Shaw

The Russell-Shaw Society, named for mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell and playwright, author and critic George Bernard Shaw – two of the most far-sighted social commentators of the 20th century – is an elite group of Institute
supporters who make a monthly gift of $10 or more to underwrite our core functions - the "meat and potatoes" operating essentials that institutional funders often refuse to support.

Society members receive special recognition in every issue of Relating, on the ITCR web site, and at all Institute programs and events. Through the convenience of Paypal, you can charge your monthly contributions to your credit card, or have them deducted from a bank account.

This convenient method of supporting the Institute's work helps minimize the cost of raising funds, reduces administrative costs and effort, makes budgeting easier for you and for us, and gives everyone who supports the right of relationship choice an easy way to become a significant donor in an affordable manner.

There are four levels of participation – Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum – for monthly gifts of $10, $15, $25 and $50, respectively. You
r monthly gift is automatically charged to your credit card through the safe, secure Paypal system.  This is the most cost-effective way for a small nonprofit like ITCR to handle credit card payments.

To join the Russell-Shaw Society, just CLICK HERE. Once you've completed and sent your signup form, go to our payment page, and scroll down to the Russell-Shaw Society medallions. Just click on your choice of level and follow the on-screen directions.

Members of the Russell-Shaw Society
(As of February 25, 2009)

  Bronze Level 

Jeffrey Brueckmann - Lancaster, PA

  Silver Level 

Fred Brown - Whittier, CA

  Gold Level 

Paul Christensen - Champaign, IL
Todd Duncan - Portland, OR

  Platinum Level 

James Fleckenstein - Herndon, VA

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