Founded in 1984, The Heartland Institute is an independent national nonprofit research organization. It is a tax-exempt charity under Section 501(c)(3). Heartland’s mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. Three things make Heartland unique among free-market think tanks:
- It communicates with more national and state elected officials, more often, than any other think tank in the United States. Heartland contacted elected officials more than one million times in 2021.
- Heartland produces one monthly public policy newspaper—Health Care News—and a daily online news website—Heartland Daily News—that present free-market ideas as news rather than research or opinion.
- Heartland promotes the work of other free-market think tanks on its websites, in its newspapers, at its events, and through its extensive government and media relations efforts.
In addition to a full-time staff of 24, approximately 500 academics and professional economists participate in Heartland’s peer-review process as policy advisors and more than 300 elected officials serve on its Legislative Forum. More than a dozen senior fellows are available to write, speak, or comment in-depth on a wide range of policy issues.
Heartland has published more than two dozen books ranging in length from fewer than 100 pages to more than 1,000 pages, some with circulation of more than 100,000 copies. Heartland has published more than 140 peer-reviewed policy studies and scores of policy briefs, Research & Commentary collections, and booklets. Surveys show 82 percent of state legislators read at least one of Heartland’s publications sometimes or always.
We produce a constant stream of op-eds, news releases, videos, podcasts, and public events. In 2020, Heartland appeared in print and on television or radio 4,849 times with a combined print circulation of 185 million. Heartland's podcasts were downloaded 5 million times, and our YouTube videos were viewed 2.6 million times.