November 10, 2004
WASHINGTON, NOV. 10, 2004-A new $10 million foreign policy center has been established at The Heritage Foundation, a prominent think tank here.
The Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies will strengthen Heritage's already formidable foreign policy research and analysis, Heritage President Ed Feulner said. "Doug and Sarah Allison's tremendous gift will help the nation and the world as Heritage fights to establish conservative principles as a dominant force in our nation's capital," he said.
The center is named after Douglas and Sarah Allison of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., who have pledged to fund the center. Douglas Allison has been a member of Heritage's board of trustees since 1998 and currently serves as chairman of the board's budget and audit committee. He recently retired as chairman and CEO of Allison-Fisher International Inc., an automotive marketing research and consultancy firm with offices in Southfield, Mich.; Gardena, Calif.; and London.
In addition to serving on Heritage's board, Allison serves on the board of directors of the Michigan Opera Theater and is a member of the Economic Club of Detroit.
The Allison Center is part of Heritage's Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies. Founded in 1999 by the family of Heritage's late chairman, Shelby Cullom Davis, the Davis Institute conducts research and publishes papers on international politics, economics and national security issues; organizes lectures, debates and discussions; and conducts briefings on timely foreign policy and defense issues for members of Congress, their staffs and the media.
With more than 200,000 individual, foundation and corporate supporters, The Heritage Foundation is the most broadly supported public policy research institute in the country. The 31-year-old institution has a staff of 200 and an annual budget of about $35 million.