The Heritage Foundation

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The Heritage Foundation is a conservative think tank with the vision to build an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish. Founded in 1973, the research and educational institution formulates and promotes public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. Today, Heritage is at the front lines in the fight to help Americans thrive. Their world-renowned experts—deeply experienced in business, government, the military, nonprofits, academia, and communications—spend each day developing innovative solutions to the issues America faces.


  • The Heritage Foundation is one of the nation’s largest public policy research organizations

  • More than 710,000 individual members make it the most broadly supported think tank in America.

  • Heritage relies on the private financial support of the general public—individuals, foundations, and corporations—for its income, and accepts no government funds and performs no contract work.


  • Communicate to citizens how the government can work more effectively for all Americans, through traditional media, social media platforms, and Heritage’s in-house outlet for news and commentary.

  • Engage with the international community to promote freedom, peace, and trade that benefits America and the world.

  • Train the leaders of tomorrow who will lead America to a brighter future.

  • Help unite the conservatives around principles and ideas that strengthen their cause, and the nation.


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  • B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics

  • Center for Data Analysis

  • Center for Health Policy Studies

  • Center for International Trade and Economics

  • Center for Legal and Judicial Studies

  • Center for Media and Public Policy

  • Center for Policy Innovation

  • DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society

  • Domestic Policy Studies

  • Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies

  • The Kathryn and Shelby Collum Davis Institute for International Studies

  • The Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom

  • Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies