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The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.
As policy entrepreneurs, we believe the most effective solutions are consistent with the principles and ideas of the American Founding. Our vision is to build an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish.
Heritage’s staff pursues this mission by performing timely, accurate research on key policy issues and effectively marketing these findings to our primary audiences: members of Congress, key congressional staff members, policymakers in the executive branch, the nation’s news media, and the academic and policy communities.
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Dr. Edwin Feulner
Edwin J. Feulner’s leadership as President of The Heritage Foundation has transformed the think tank from a small policy shop into America’s powerhouse of conservative ideas.
Feulner’s work in the conservative movement throughout his life has earned him praise from Heritage donors to U.S. Presidents. Feulner first joined The Heritage Foundation as a founding Trustee in 1973. He became President in 1977 and was determined to chart a new course for the struggling think tank.
Feulner decided that Heritage would operate like a business that expected progress from its analysts and results from their policy studies. Heritage would achieve these results by creating timely, concise studies and aggressively marketing them to Congress, policymakers and the media. This “briefcase test” concept became a model for other think tanks to follow.
Edwin John Feulner Jr. was born Aug. 12, 1941, in Chicago to Helen Joan Feulner and Edwin J. Feulner Sr., who owned a real estate firm. After growing up in Elmhurst, Ill., Feulner graduated from Regis University with a bachelor’s degree in English, and received an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 1964. He later attended Georgetown University and the London School of Economics, and then earned a doctorate degree at the University of Edinburgh in 1981.
Feulner has authored seven books and pens a weekly column that appears regularly in dozens of newspapers and Web sites across the country.
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It is the work of freedom to perpetually renew the dedication to principles of liberty and constitutional government and to make these ever manifest in the politics and public life of our nation. However, while the American people increasingly want better answers and solutions they are getting more slogans and promises. Recognizing this need, in April 2007, The Heritage Foundation undertook a 10-year campaign that is the boldest since our founding in 1973. The Leadership for America campaign focuses Heritage’s research and communication efforts to rediscover and revive the first principles of liberty; restore the primary institutions of civil society; expand economic opportunity and prosperity; and ensure America’s national security and its respect as a world leader.
The Heritage Foundation strategy integrates research, communications, and marketing to produce concrete results. In the House, Rea key facet of Leadership for America which aims to our balance the budget permanently in 10 years, reform entitlements, overhaul the tax code, and revive the economy. In May 2012, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah introduced a budget resolution based on Saving the American Dream. This is the greatest level of influence a think tank can have. To raise awareness and grassroots support for Saving the American Dream, The Heritage Foundation teamed up with the Family Research Council and embarked on a nationwide bus tour to tell Americans about our plan.
Heritage is dedicated to turning America back in the direction of her founding principles in the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. We will continue to build on our accomplishments, complete the unfinished work of the day and confront the expanding challenges before us.