The Heartland Institute



About Us

The Heartland Institute is a national nonprofit research and education organization founded in Chicago in 1984. Heartland is tax exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. It is not affiliated with any political party, business, or foundation. It has 31 full-time employees in its office, several others scattered throughout the country, and some 250 policy advisors at universities and colleges around the world.

The mission of The Heartland Institute is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. Such 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.

Heartland publishes four public policy newspapers -- Health Care News, Environment & Climate News, School Reform News, and Budget & Tax News -- which it distributes to every state legislator in the country. The organization also runs 16 different websites that promote free markets, including its blog, Somewhat Reasonable; the Heartlander digital magazine; and sites that contain the video archives of nine international conferences on climate change.

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 former conservative Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC).