The Heartland Institute is a national nonprofit public policy research and educational organization based in Chicago, Illinois. It is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is privately supported and receives no funds from any government at any level, nor does it perform any government or other contract work.
During 2015, The Heartland Institute received support from approximately 6,000 individual, foundation, and corporate supporters. Its 2015 income came from the following sources: Foundations 60%, individuals 19%, corporations 18% . No corporate donor contributes more than 5 percent of its annual budget. The Heartland Institute’s books are audited annually by the accounting firm of Tighe, Kress, & Orr, PC.
People contribute to The Heartland Institute because they share our belief that better information and understanding can improve public policies in such important areas as education, environmental protection, and health care. For 32 years, Heartland authors have discovered and promoted free-market solutions to social and economic problems.
The Heartland Institute enforces policies that limit the role donors may play in the selection of research topics, peer review, and publication plans of the organization. Heartland does not conduct contract research. These policies ensure that no Heartland researcher or spokesperson is subject to undue pressure from a donor.
We do not take positions in order to appease or avoid losing support from individual donors. We have, in fact, a long record of standing behind our research even when it means losing the support of major donors.
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