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The Heritage Foundation

  • Washington, DC
  • http://www.heritage.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Communication
  2. Young Leaders Program
  3. Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity
  4. Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy
  5. Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity

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National

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ruling year

1973

chief executive

Hon. Jim DeMint

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Keywords

Conservative, Free-market, Think tank, Limited government, traditional American values, strong national defense, free enterprise, individual freedom

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23-7327730

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Public Finance, Taxation, Monetary Policy (W22)

Citizen Participation (W24)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Impact statement

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.

Programs

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Program 2

Young Leaders Program

The Young Leaders Program promotes the mission of The Heritage Foundation to the next generation by developing and implementing outreach to the next generation of conservatives. We offer young conservatives from around the country Washington, D.C.’s best internship program. And our Young Leaders Facebook Page and our Student Virtual Think Tank make sure that the ability to interact with The Heritage Foundation isn’t limited by the boundaries of Washington, D.C. Young conservatives can have access to Heritage policy experts through a series of video web-chats. With interactive polling, chat rooms, and live streaming video, the Young Leaders Program Facebook Page offers an exciting educational tool and a place to meet fellow conservatives.

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Program 3

Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity

The experts in The Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity realize that a vibrant civil society – a society which encourages children, families, and religious practice – is essential for a thriving economy and the survival of limited government. But the American people, and especially our leaders in Washington, often fail to see this connection. Consequently, Washington policymaking has over decades tended to stifle and crowd out the role of civil society, and replace its institutions with government programs – ineffective and expensive substitutes.
One of the primary goals of the Institute for Family Community and Opportunity, then, is to help policymakers and the public at large to understand the link between a healthy culture and a healthy economy. The Institute achieves this by combining research and empirical data with historical and sociological insight in publications such as Heritage’s new Index of Culture and Opportunity. Published for the first time in July 2014, this annual reference work helps lawmakers understand how their decisions on social policies such as educational choice, welfare, and marriage dramatically impact our nation’s economic health. It also tracks whether America is on the right path or the wrong path when it comes to our culture.
But the Institute’s experts aren’t simply highlighting America’s path: They are working to put America on a better one – a path that leads to a flourishing society in which Americans are freed from welfare dependency, the failures of public education, the deterioration of family and marriage, and rationed, costly government-run health care.
On that note, the Institute has been working with state leaders and other members of the conservative movement to advance a plan for patient-centered, market-based health care system in the states. This is crucial because health care is not only one-sixth of the American economy; it is also one of the areas where the federal government has become the most entwined in people’s lives. In the coming years, Heritage will position its health care plan as the plan America needs in order to truly fix the problems of cost, quality and coverage; problems that were created by government involvement in health care.
The Institute is also working to protect Americans’ constitutional right to live according to their religious beliefs – something that is becoming harder and harder to do as the left becomes more aggressive. One of the biggest threats to religious liberty is posed by the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples. The empirical evidence is overwhelming and clear, and backs up what is easily intuited: Strong married mom and dad families protect against poverty and government dependence, are typically the safest place for children to grow up, buttress communities and best allow men, women and children to develop and flourish.
The Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity is also a leader in the conservative anti-poverty movement. For years, our experts have been outlining a civil-society based approach to addressing the root causes of poverty. Today, they are working with lawmakers to take on the difficult task of reforming the 80-plus means-tested welfare programs that currently exist. By discouraging marriage, family unity, and meaningful work, these programs have only served to hurt – rather than help – the truly needy. Our vision is for welfare to help those who are unable to work, while encouraging those who are able to work to stand on their own two feet.

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Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy

Because of spending cuts by the Obama administration, coupled with a belief that America is a cause of problems in the world, the U.S. military is on a path toward becoming a 21st century “hollow force.” In the not-too-distant future, the American military will lack the equipment, spare parts, training, and readiness necessary to take effective action on a moment’s notice.
The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy is presenting a coherent set of policy solutions for enabling the federal government to carry out its most important constitutional responsibility to the American people: providing for the common defense.
Through such efforts as its Rebuilding America’s Military Project (RAMP), the Davis Institute is promoting actions to modernize our military, and ensure that we have the sustained and ready forces we need to keep America safe. From Russia’s aggression toward the Ukraine, Hamas toward Israel, and ISIS toward the world, Heritage’s foreign policy experts are at the forefront of making clear what our government must do to make America stronger, and protect Americans and our national security.
To support our recommendations for keeping Americans safe and rebuilding the U.S. military, the Davis Institute will be using its new annual Index of U.S. Military Strength. First published in February 2015, the Index is already being widely praised by the defense and intelligence communities as the most complete, understandable, and detailed analysis of the threats to America’s safety available. In the coming years, the Index will influence how much spending decision makers apportion to the military, how they apportion that funding, and how U.S. manpower and resources are apportioned around the world.
The Davis Institute also recognizes something crucial that the political left and its allies fundamentally reject – a strong America is clearly a force for good in the world. To the extent that liberals reject this principle, they put America in peril. So we will challenge the political left on this principle in everything we do. As America faces rising threats from seemingly every corner of the globe, we will make the case that meeting these threats with a strong America is good for freedom everywhere in the world.
As part of our mission, Heritage is aggressively promoting a plan to secure our borders after decades of broken promises to do so by U.S. leaders. We will continue to gain support in Washington for a step-by-step plan that reforms the U.S. immigration system so that the rule of law is upheld, American’ rights are protected, our economy is improved, and those who are willing to work hard and contribute to American society are welcomed.

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Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity

Reclaiming America will require more than simply tapping on the brakes as we drive over a fiscal cliff; it will take truly bold changes that end the federal government’s spending binge, restore the free market, take entitlement programs off of autopilot, and inspire America’s traditional ethic of hard work, investment, and saving. These bold policy solutions are coming together in The Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity.
Heritage economists are publishing hard-hitting research, testifying before Congress and state legislatures, and working with federal lawmakers to tackle some of the gravest economic challenges America faces. But because they are Heritage economists, whose playbook is the U.S. Constitution and America’s founding principles, they are doing all of these things while skillfully articulating the moral and ethical case of fiscal responsibility and free markets. Free-market economic policies inherently limit the power of government, liberate people to reach their full potential, and lead to human flourishing in a way no other economic system can do.
In the coming years, the experts at our Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity will be working to educate lawmakers and the public on the need to dramatically limit government spending. This starts with passage of a well-crafted requirement to balance the federal budget. Heritage economists will then continue to lead Heritage’s efforts to rid Washington of crony capitalism, favoritism, and special-interest boondoggles. From the federal Export-Import Bank to uneconomical “green” energy projects, Heritage will spotlight numerous government subsidy programs and potentially wasteful new measures for elimination by 2018.
At the same time, Heritage economists will promote reforms that will grow the economy and help people earn, save, and invest. They will articulate how to achieve significant entitlement reform without denying benefits already promised, and how to achieve a single, fair tax on individuals and businesses, and thereby reduce federal spending to 18 percent or less of America’s gross domestic product.
To defend the economic soundness of our policy solutions, Heritage economists will rely on the data modeling of our Center for Data Analysis. This is our version of the Congressional Budget Office, but without the tendency to favor the static economic assumptions of the political left. CDA experts will perform econometric modeling on tax policy, health care, environmental regulation, and entitlements – for various Heritage policy teams and for lawmakers themselves. These models consistently reveal the economic wisdom lower, fairer taxes and fewer regulations.

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Hon. Jim DeMint

BIO

On April 4, 2013, DeMint succeeded Edwin J. Feulner as president of the leading think tank. After stepping down from the Senate seat to which South Carolinians twice elected him, DeMint functioned as president-elect of Heritage in a three-month transition. Feulner, president since 1977, was a founding trustee in 1974.
“I'm humbled to follow in the footsteps of Ed Feulner, who built the most important conservative institution in the nation," DeMint said during the transition. “He has been a friend and mentor for years and I am honored to carry on his legacy of fighting for freedom.
“Heritage will remain, first and foremost, a research institute dedicated to impeccable research and data-driven policy analysis," DeMint added. “Our policy recommendations carry weight because they are informed by that research and grounded in the principles laid out by the Founding Fathers—principles that have been proven sound time and time again during this great American Experiment."
DeMint has said that a primary goal for Heritage is to help the conservative movement understand how Americans from all walks of life perceive public policy issues -- and to better communicate conservative ideas and solutions.
DeMint was born James Warren DeMint on Sept. 2, 1951, in Greenville, S.C. “Jim" and three siblings were raised by a single mother who taught him the value of hard work and perseverance. He attended public schools in Greenville, graduating from Wade Hampton High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Debbi

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Thomas A. Saunders

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