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 change public policies at the national, state, and local levels of government in the United States by contacting more elected officials, more often, than any other think tank. We promote the best work of other free-market think tanks, not only our own publications or scholars. And we produce publications that surveys show are read by nearly 80 percent of state elected officials and 50 percent of local officials.
We need your support to continue to be the first place busy state and local elected officials turn.
Elected officials have used Heartland’s research to stop wasteful government spending, eliminate burdensome regulations, and empower individual consumers in the areas of health care and education. 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 7,300 state elected officials and 8,400 county and local 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 ten state legislators and more than half of local elected officials read one or more of our six public policy newspapers – Budget & Tax News, Environment & Climate News, FIRE Policy News, Health Care News, InfoTech & Telecom News, and School Reform News.
- 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.
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 led to the defeat of “cap and trade.”
Heartland also has been a leader in advancing school choice, opposing implementation of Obamacare, and defeating efforts to tax and regulate the Internet.
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