Public, Society Benefit

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. Program 1
  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

service areas

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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EIN

23-7327730

Also Known As

THF

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

How does this organization make a difference?

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

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

DOMESTIC POLICY: Heritage is working towards the following—tax reform (preferably a flat tax); elimination of unreasonable and contradictory regulation of business; Social Security reform (through privately owned and invested retirement accounts); health care reform (increased competition and consumer choice); school choice; and increased state and local control over programs now administered at the federal level. FOREIGN AND DEFENSE POLICY: Heritage supports the following—defense of our homeland and citizens in ways consistent with the Constitution; an effective war against terrorists; deployment of a missile defense system; free trade; a strong U.S. military; foreign aid reform (especially an end to U.S. appropriations to the International Monetary Fund).

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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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Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Program 3

Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity

Promotes a stronger society and consists of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, the Center for Health Policy Studies, and the Domestic Policy Studies staff.

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Animal Control

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Program 4

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

Promotes a stronger America and consists of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy, the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, the Asian Studies Center, the International Studies staff.

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Animal Control

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Program 5

Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity

Seeks to promote a stronger economy and consists of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, the Chief Economist's Office, the Center for Trade and Economics, and the Center for Data Analysis.

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Animal Control

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None

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service areas

National

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Blog

The organization's Blog

Social Media

@heritagefoundation

@Heritage

@HeritageFoundation

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THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Heritage Foundation

Leadership

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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

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation

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