The Heritage Foundation

Building an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish

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Heritage Foundation President Kay C. James leads an organization whose mission 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.

Effective Research — Provide timely, accurate research on key policy issues

Superb Communications — Effectively market our findings to primary audiences 

Proven Solutions — Pursue conservative policies to help Americans build a better life

Now more than ever, the American people need a champion to preserve the great American experiment and everything good and just that it represents.

That’s why The Heritage Foundation exists.  

Under the leadership of President Kay C. James, The Heritage Foundation advocates for individual liberty, limited government, free enterprise, traditional American values, and a strong national defense to protect it all. 

Out of the over 8,000 think tanks that exist worldwide, The Heritage Foundation has consistently been ranked No. 1 in the world for our impact on public policy.  

Our renowned experts spend each day developing solutions to America’s biggest issues—from creating more jobs, improving the economy, and building stronger families to securing our borders, making health care more affordable, and so much more. 

As the recognized leader of the conservative movement, Heritage works to grow and unify the movement by bringing together leaders from across the country to share ideas and strategize how we can preserve the nation we love. 

We’re also helping to produce new generations of conservative leaders to ensure the cause of freedom continues for generations to come. 

Recognizing the need for grassroots activists around the nation, Heritage created Heritage Action for America. Today, we work with tens of thousands of Heritage Action Sentinels and more than a million activists backing them up.  

Unlike so many other organizations in Washington, D.C., our focus isn’t on putting more power into the hands of government, it’s on returning power to the people. Our job is about working on behalf of the American people, not on behalf of any special interest or political party. 

But we can’t do it alone. It’s only through our members that we have the ability to engage on all these fronts and continue to fight for America.  

That’s why we invite you to stand with us—because there’s too much at stake to stand on the sidelines.  

It’s only with your help that we can ensure America remains a land of unprecedented opportunity and the freest, most prosperous nation the world has ever known. 

Our expert staff—with years of experience in business, government, communications, and on Capitol Hill—effectively communicates rigorous conservative policy research to Congress, the Executive Branch, and the American people.

The Heritage Foundation is governed by an independent Board of Trustees. A guide to building an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish.

Heritage’s authority rests on the quality, rigor, depth, and independent nature of our research and analysis. Heritage carefully protects this precious asset—its research independence and integrity—to ensure that our policy research is beholden to no outside party or interest.

Working at Heritage is more than a job; it’s a career and a cause. Join the Heritage team, and help us 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.

The Young Leaders Program handles the Heritage internship, campus outreach, young professional outreach, and the growing alumni network of the Heritage internship! Join college and graduate students from around the country as part of Washington, D.C.’s premier internship program. The Heritage Foundation Internship Program attracts young conservative leaders of the highest caliber. The Academy has been crafted to educate students, young professionals, and civic leaders on the foundational principles of American political thought and the important policy debates facing our country. This 12-week program is designed to increase your leadership capabilities and to help you engage more meaningfully in your communities and more confidently in policy debates.

Heritage’s Resource Bank Meeting convenes the best minds from think tanks across the country, activists, and community leaders affecting change in the states, elected officials leading the way forward, new media voices bringing insight and clarity to the current debates, and rising young leaders who inspire. For more than 40 years, participants rave about the quality of leaders who attend, the incredible conversations that happen, and the dynamic topics that are explored.

The steadfast support of Heritage members, combined with our operational effectiveness, allow us to make great strides in policy impact and accomplish our goals while being good stewards of our members’ financial contributions.