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May 28, 2015

May 28, 2015 | News Releases on

Heritage Foundation Honors John Von Kannon with Luce Award

Washington, D.C., May 28, 2015—John Von Kannon, vice president and senior counselor of The Heritage Foundation, today was named recipient of the think tank’s highest honor: the Clare Boothe Luce Award. Past recipients of the award include conservative icons Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and William F. Buckley Jr.

“This award recognizes outstanding leadership and dedication to the conservative cause,” said Heritage President Jim DeMint, “and so it is with great joy that we bestow it on one of our own.”

“John Von Kannon has been instrumental in building Heritage into America’s leading conservative institution,” DeMint noted. “But he has also helped grow countless other organizations dedicated to preserving and advancing the ideals and principles of the Founding Fathers.”

Von Kannon has been with Heritage for more than 30 years. For most of that time, he led the think tank’s development department, responsible for fund raising and membership development. Under his leadership, Heritage’s budget climbed from $4 million to more than $82 million, and the membership ranks grew to more than a half-million individuals, making Heritage the most broadly supported think tank in the world.

In addition to his duties at Heritage, Von Kannon serves as a trustee of FREE, the Foundation for Research on the Economics of the Environment in Bozeman, Mont. He is also a trustee of four grant-making institutions and regularly works with a wide range of conservative organizations across the country to improve their fundraising programs.

In selecting Von Kannon to receive the Luce Award, Heritage’s Board of Trustees cited not just his prowess as a builder of institutions but his humor, friendship and tireless “passion for the conservative cause.”

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