May 5, 2010
Miami , April 22, 2010—The tea party movement, the largest grass-roots political effort in decades, is rallying Americans to restore limited constitutional government. The Heritage Foundation is nurturing those roots this year with its annual Henry Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship.
Named for entrepreneur and philanthropist Henry Salvatori, the $25,000 prize is given annually to an American who upholds and advances the principles of the American Founding, embodies the virtues of character and mind that animated the Founders and exemplifies the spirit of independent and entrepreneurial citizenship in the United States.
“The nationwide tea party movement is the most significant citizen effort in our times that seeks to revive America’s founding principles,” said Matthew Spalding, Heritage scholar and author of We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future (ISI, 2009). “It is hard to think of a more appropriate recipient.”
Spalding and former Attorney General Ed Meese, chairman of Heritage’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, announced the award here at the annual Resource Bank meeting, a gathering of more than 500 conservative leaders from across the nation and around the world to discuss ideas and strategy.
Rather than recognizing one individual or group, the prize will be used to expand the popular distribution of Heritage’s pocket Constitutions and fact sheets to tea party groups, and to provide “First Principles Field Kits” of monographs and books to movement leaders nationwide.
“Funding from the Salvatori Prize will be used to help meet the tremendous demand for educational materials we continue to receive from tea party organizations across the country,” said Bridgett Wagner, Heritage’s director of Coalition Relations.
Henry Salvatori founded Western Geophysical Corp. in 1933. Recent winners of the prize bearing his name include historian and author David McCullough (2009) and Princeton University professor Robert P. George (2008).
The Heritage Foundation is the nation’s most broadly supported public policy research institute, with more than 630,000 individual, foundation and corporate donors. Heritage, founded in February 1973, has a staff of 255 and an annual expense budget of $75.3 million.