Skip Navigation

About Us

The Heartland Institute’s mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. Those solutions include parental choice in education, market-based approaches to environmental protection, privatization of public services, and deregulation in areas where property rights and markets do a better job than government bureaucracies.

We are an “action tank” as well as a “think tank,” and we measure our success by the impact we have in the real world. The Heartland Institute plays an essential role in the national (and increasingly in the international) movement for limited government and personal liberty. We are the pipeline between the freedom movement’s leading writers and thinkers and the nation’s 50 state legislatures. The states are key battlegrounds for the advance of freedom.

The Heartland Team

A full-time staff of 38 work with a network of 270 policy analysts and more than 200 elected officials who serve on the Legislative Forum. 

Heartland Staff   Board of Directors   Policy Experts

Diane Bast
Executive Editor and Finance Manager
Diane Carol Bast is The Heartland Institute's executive editor and finance manager.
Joseph Bast
President and CEO
Joseph Bast is president and CEO of The Heartland Institute, a 33-year-old national nonprofit research center located in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Matthew Glans
Senior Policy Analyst
Matthew Glans joined the staff of The Heartland Institute in November 2007 as legislative specialist for insurance and finance. In 2012 Glans was named senior policy analyst.
Lennie Jarratt
Project Manager, Center for Transforming Education
Lennie Jarratt is the project manager for the Center for Transforming Education at The Heartland Institute.
Donny Kendal
Graphic Designer
Donny Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute.
Jim Lakely
Communications Director
Jim Lakely is director of communications at The Heartland Institute, a spokesman for organization, editor-in-chief of Heartland's blog, Freedom Pub, and executive producer of the Heartland Daily Podcast.
John Nothdurft
Director of Government Relations
John Nothdurft (john@heartland.org) joined the staff of The Heartland Institute in May 2008 as Heartland's legislative specialist on budget and tax policy. He was named government relations director in November 2010.
 

What We Do

The mission of The Heartland Institute is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. Those solutions include parental choice in education, choice and personal responsibility in health care, market-based approaches to environmental protection, privatization of public services, and deregulation in areas where property rights and markets do a better job than government bureaucracies.

The Heartland Institute is a national nonprofit research and education organization based in Arlington Heights, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Founded in 1984, it is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is not affiliated with any political party, business, or foundation.

Heartland has gained the endorsement of some of the top scholars, thinkers, and politicians in the world – including Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman, former Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus, Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist, radio talk show host and constitutional scholar Mark R. Levin, and conservative Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC). See all the heavyweights who praise Heartland here.


Careers

Join a full-time staff of 38 dedicated men and women discovering, developing, and promoting free-market solutions to social and economic problems!

View Job Openings


Internships

Are you a conservative or libertarian considering a career in the free-market movement? Do you want to spend 10 weeks working side-by-side with others who share your interests, learning new skills and making contacts that can launch your career? Being an intern at The Heartland Institute is the right choice for you!

View Internships


Volunteer Opportunities

Your time is worth more to us than your money! Seriously, please consider donating your time as a Heartland volunteer. You can work from home or come to our beautiful new offices in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

View Volunteer Opportunities


Videos

Watch the video below to learn more about Heartland and see salutes from prominent conservatives and libertarians on the occasion of our 25th anniversary in 2009.

 

Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast talks about the founding of The Heartland Institute in 1984 around the "big idea" of freedom.

 

2016 By the Numbers

See what sets Heartland apart:
82% of state elected officials read Heartland publications
82%
of state elected officials read one or more Heartland newspapers "sometimes" or "always."
45% of elected officials say Heartland led to a change in policy
45%
of state elected officials say a Heartland publication influenced their opinions or led to a change in public policy.
“The Heartland Institute [is] the world’s most prominent thinktank supporting skepticism about man-made climate change.”
The Economist
May 26, 2012
1.3 Million
the number of times Heartland's six podcasts were downloaded in 2016
216 issues
of weekly e-newsletters sent to subscribers across the country
120 events
that Heartland hosted, attended, or spoke at, reaching 13,474 guests
100,000 fans
on Facebook posting and reposting over 20 million times a week