The Heartland Institute is a publicly supported charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its funding comes from tax-deductible contributions from approximately 6,000 individuals, foundations, and corporations.

There is no limit to the amount an individual can contribute to The Heartland Institute. The entire amount of your gift should be tax-deductible. Gifts can be earmarked for specific projects and issues, or they can be unrestricted. The identities of donors to Heartland are kept confidential.

Individual Support

Annual Giving

Heartland Supporter ($25)

Patriot ($50) Heartland Patriots receive QPR, our quarterly newsletter, and invitations to Heartland events.

Friend ($100) Heartland Friends receive Patriot-level benefits and also receive free copies of Heartland Policy Studies.

Sustaining  ($250) Sustaining donors also enjoy a 20 percent discount on all events and are included with our professional staff in monthly conference calls on the hottest issues of the day.

Patron ($1,000) Patron donors also receive monthly collections of new publications from The Heartland Institute and Quarterly Performance Reports on topics they care about most.

Benefactor ($2,500) Benefactors are included in planning the Anniversary Benefit Dinners and may attend exclusive VIP receptions before or following Heartland events.

To find out more about how you can support Heartland at this level, please contact Gwendalyn Carver, membership manager, at 312/377-4000 or

Major Gifts

President’s Council ($5,000 and above) President’s Council donors may attend the annual President’s Council Retreat featuring networking and social activities with other leaders of the free-market movement, members of Heartland’s Board of Directors, senior staff, and special guests.

To find out more about how you can support Heartland at this level, please contact Mark Sulkin, director of development, at 312/377-4000 or

Planned Giving

You can make a gift to The Heartland Institute that costs you nothing during your lifetime – by making us a beneficiary of your will or revocable trust, or a beneficiary of your retirement plan or life insurance policy. Planned giving can leave your current income uninterrupted while also providing tax advantages to you or your heirs.

Heartland’s Planned Giving Advisory Board consists of financial planning experts who can provide expert advice to donors interested in including Heartland in their estate planning.  They can recommend the financial tools that will produce the biggest benefit to you and your family.

To find out more about how you can support Heartland through planned giving, please contact Jennifer Pinnell, director of development, at 312/377-4000 or