About Heritage

About Heritage

Heritage Has Won Victories for Conservative Principles

Since our founding in 1973, The Heritage Foundation has been working to advance the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. Our hard work has paid off time and again. Since we opened our doors more than four decades ago, we have seen substantial gains for the conservative agenda.

With more than 100 policy experts, Heritage has the talent to be able to solve complex policy issues, with simple and effective conservative solutions. We communicate these solutions to tens of millions of Americans through our website, The Daily Signal, and social media. Heritage experts appear on television and radio dozens of times each week, publish hundreds of policy research reports annually, and host hundreds of meetings a year with grassroots leaders and local and national officials.

Our strategic location on Capitol Hill—our offices are just 1,000 steps from the House and 500 steps from the Senate—gives us access to lawmakers and public officials that need to be equipped with policy solutions that represent conservative principles.

In 2018, the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program ranked The Heritage Foundation as the No. 1 think tank for impact on public policy. The “Global Go To Think Tank Index” is produced annually from an international survey of more than 7,500 scholars, public and private donors, policymakers, and journalists who rank more than 6,600 think tanks. Heritage is a host of the program’s North America Think Tank Summit in Washington.

No organization on earth is a better supplier of innovative, conservative ideas grounded in founding principles than Heritage.

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Radio talk show host, writer, conservative political commentator

A Timeline of Successes


Trump administration embraces Heritage Foundation policy recommendations

Analysis completed by The Heritage Foundation determined that 64 percent of the policy prescriptions in Heritage's “Mandate for Leadership” series were included in Trump’s budget, implemented through regulatory guidance, or under consideration for action in accordance with Heritage's original proposals.


Congress passes historic tax reform

Throughout the entire tax reform process Heritage played a central role in policy conversations, offering ideas that became reality in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Heritage hosted multiple key players to discuss what tax reform means for the American people, including: President of the United States Donald Trump; Speaker of the House Paul Ryan; House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and more. 


Donald Trump turns to Heritage for policy guidance.

As a candidate, Donald Trump drew his list of potential Supreme Court nominees from Heritage recommendations. Many of his policy recommendations were drawn from our Mandate for Leadership series of policy guides. After his November election, Heritage continued to provide guidance on policy and personnel, and several dozen staff worked directly with the transition team.

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Briefings in the past year for Congressional and presidential candidates.


Radio and television interviews in the past year to discuss conservative policy solutions.


Heritage experts in the past year who have testified on Capitol Hill.

Recent Impact


Heritage Influences Google and Apple Digital Contact Tracing Rules

May 18, 2020 1 min read


Heritage’s Andrew McIndoe Selected as 2020 Lincoln Fellow

May 10, 2020 1 min read


Heritage Graduates Its Inaugural Speechwriters Fellowship Class

May 8, 2020 1 min read


Heritage Recommendations Influence Administration’s Telemedicine Guidance

April 24, 2020 2 min read