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