On June 5th, 2012, Turning Point USA was officially founded by Charlie Kirk. From the foundation of TPUSA, Kirk has worked tirelessly to protect the rights of students to voice political opinions on their campuses without fear of being attacked or silenced.
Kirk set out on a mission to protect Conservative speech and opinions from being censored by leftists on campus.
The mission of TPUSA may never be accomplished fully: somewhere, there will always be a student facing violence or discrimination for their conservative opinions. However, they will never have to fight alone.
Turning Point USA has a history of astonishing accomplishment after accomplishment. Here are just a few of the highlights of Turning Point USA’s colorful history!
Charlie Kirk was merely 18 years old when he founded Turning Point USA, and the founding of the organization marked a landmark for free speech on college campuses.
Surprisingly, with an 18 year old founder and little name recognition, Turning Point USA was about to make national headlines!
For a more detailed account of the foundation of TPUSA, watch the video below.
Since 2012, Turning Point USA has exploded. In terms of its operating budget, Turning Point USA, which is made of 100% donations, grew rapidly with the continuing success of the organization.
The budget was $78,890 in 2012, $443,859 in 2013, $2,052,060 in 2014, $4,319,220 in 2015, and $8,248,059 in 2016. A 10,355% increase in 4 years!
Looking at Turning Point USA in terms of output, TPUSA is most well known for is their record breaking conferences.
One in particular that made headlines was TPUSA’s 2017 Young Women’s Leadership Summit (YWLS).
The event was, at that point, the largest gathering of young conservative women ever! It has only been beaten by one other event, which happened to be YWLS 2018.
In December later that year, Turning Point USA set out to break another record: to hold the largest conference of conservative students ever. The success of TPUSA’s 2017 Student Action Summit, SAS for short, cannot be overstated.
Such success, however, is destine to be beat. In 2018, TPUSA held an even larger SAS conference, accompanied by over 3,000 attendees!
The next huge step for TPUSA was starting the Campus Clash tour.
Campus Clash would take Charlie Kirk and assorted guests, usually including Candace Owens, around the country to different college campuses. There, Kirk and his guests would debate, answer questions, and give their take on particular issues.
The tour was based around interaction with students, both conservative and liberal students were welcome to voice their opinions.
The group would would often be attacked for voicing opposing viewpoints. But, they never backed down.
As 7 years of success came and went, there are many more to come! Everyone at Turning Point USA would like to thank all of our donors and supporters! Everything this organization has done could not have been dreamt of without your aid and constant support!