April 10, 2012
Washington, D.C., April 10, 2012 — Edwin J. Feulner, who led The Heritage Foundation to its current prominence among think tanks, is one of four winners of the 2012 Bradley Prize for outstanding achievement, the Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation announced today.
“Ed Feulner has elevated the influence of conservative research institutions,” said Michael W. Grebe, president and chief executive officer of the Bradley Foundation. “Under his guidance, The Heritage Foundation has become a bastion of ideas that are an integral part of the national conversation and have shaped public policy.”
Feulner co-founded Heritage as a rapid-response policy research institute in 1973, to fill a need for reliable information and analysis on Capitol Hill that he identified as a congressional aide. The think tank grew in expertise and influence during his tenure as president since 1977.
“The Bradley brothers believed that the good society is a free society,” Feulner said. “Learning of this honor from those who carry on the Bradley legacy really put me on cloud nine.”
Feulner is one of four 2012 Bradley Prize recipients who will be honored June 7 during a ceremony in Washington at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Each award carries a stipend of $250,000.
A nine-member selection committee considered nominations from more than 200 prominent Americans before choosing Feulner and the three other honorees to be announced in coming days. The panel included previous Bradley Prize winners Robert P. George, Alan Charles Kors, Charles Krauthammer, Shelby Steele and George F. Will.
Founded in 1985, the Bradley Foundation devotes itself to strengthening American democratic capitalism and the institutions, principles and values that sustain it. Programs include support for scholarly studies and academic achievement.
The Heritage Foundation develops public policy solutions that advance free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional values and a strong national defense.