History: The Heritage Foundation is a state conservative think tank based in Washington. The purpose of the Foundation, founded by Paul Weyrich, Edwin Feulner and Joseph Coors in 1973, was to provide timely and accurate with research to politician. The foundation took a leading role in the conservative movement in 1980s during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, whose policies were taken from Heritage's policy study “Mandate for Leadership”. Since then, The Heritage Foundation has continued to have a significant influence in U.S. public policy making, and is considered to be one of the most influential conservative research organizations in the United States.
Mission and action: The mission of The Heritage Foundation is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. Heritage’s staff pursues this mission by performing timely, accurate research on key policy issues and effectively marketing these findings to our primary audiences: members of Congress, key congressional staff members, policymakers in the executive branch, the nation’s news media, and the academic and policy communities.
Governed by an independent Board of Trustees, The Heritage Foundation is an independent, nonprofit institution. Heritage relies on the private financial support of the general public — individuals, foundations, and corporations — for its income, and accepts no government funds and performs no contract work.
Main facts: There are over 100 political experts in the fund. Last year, the Foundation held 175 briefings for Congress and presidential candidates, giving 5200 interviews on radio and television to discuss conservative policy measures, and witnessed 30 Heritage experts at Capitol Hill (US Congress). The analysis shown that 64% of the policy proposals in the Heritage Foundation's Leadership Mandate were taken into account in the proposed budget by the US President Tramp. In 2018, the University of Pennsylvania Brain Centers and Civil Societies announced the Heritage Foundation's No. 1 Center for Impact on Public Policy.