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Message from the President

Welcome to The Heartland Institute, a national nonprofit research and education organization devoted to discovering, developing, and promoting free-market solutions to social and economic problems.

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.

■    Our primary audiences are the nation’s 8,300 national and state elected officials. We reach more elected officials, more often, than any other think tank in the U.S.

■    We produce publications that actually get read by elected officials. Eight out of 10 state legislators say they read one or more of our four public policy newspapers – Budget & Tax News, Environment & Climate News, Health Care News, and School Reform News.

■    The Heartland Institute plays an essential role in the national (and increasingly 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.

You may also know us from our work exposing the shoddy science and missing economics behind the global warming delusion. Our videos, books, studies, and international conferences changed the debate and promise to set the nation on a new pro-environment, pro-energy, and pro-jobs path. Heartland also has been a leader in advancing entitlement reform, education choice, and consumer-driven health care reforms.

We need your support to continue to be the first place busy state and local elected officials turn when they need reliable research and commentary. Contributions should be tax-deductible under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. If you are not already a donor, please sign up today.


Joseph L. Bast


Development Team

Gwendalyn Carver
Director of Development 

Wanda L. Davis
Executive Assistant to the President

Aaron D. Stover
Director of Development - Eastern Region