About Heritage

About Heritage

Every day, The Heritage Foundation is building an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish.

Heritage’s mission is to formulate and promote public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

>> Heritage’s Strategic Priorities: Fighting for America’s Future


Providing Solutions—researching, developing, and promoting innovative solutions


Mobilizing Conservatives—uniting the conservative movement to work together


Training Leaders—preparing future generations who will lead America

Now more than ever, the American people need a champion to preserve the great American experiment and everything good and just that it represents.  


That’s why The Heritage Foundation exists. We champion policy solutions that benefit all Americans. But Heritage is also much more than a think tank.

Every day, Heritage works in our nation’s capital to build an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish.


But unlike so many other organizations in Washington, D.C., The Heritage Foundation’s focus isn’t on putting more power into the hands of government—it’s on returning power to the people.


That’s why we don’t work on behalf of any special interest or political party. Instead, our commitment is to the American people, and the more than 10 million members, advocates, and concerned Americans who support us.


>>> Learn More: Why We Speak With One Voice


Heritage’s world-renowned experts—deeply experienced in business, government, the military, nonprofits, academia, and communications—spend each day developing innovative solutions to the issues America faces. From empowering parents in education, reversing growing spending and inflation, and protecting the unborn, to securing America’s borders, countering the threat of Communist China, holding Big Tech accountable, and ensuring free and fair elections—Heritage is on the front lines in the fight to help Americans thrive.


Our team then takes those solutions directly to decisionmakers in government, to turn ideas into action. Heritage has been consistently ranked the No. 1 think tank in the world for it.


But we don’t stop there. We also:


  • communicate to citizens how government can work more effectively for all Americans, through traditional media and social media platforms;
  • engage with the international community to promote freedom, peace, and trade that benefits America and the world;
  • train the leaders of tomorrow who will lead America to a brighter future; and
  • help unite the conservatives around principles and ideas that strengthen our cause … and the nation.




Recognizing that elected leaders are more responsive to adopting policy solutions when they know the American people already support them, Heritage created Heritage Action for America. Heritage Action works with lawmakers to implement Heritage Foundation solutions while it also organizes nearly 20,000 Sentinel activists and more than 2 million local grassroots activists around the nation to push for their adoption. Heritage Action ensures that citizens are speaking up and their elected officials hear their voices.


Heritage doesn’t do all of this alone, however. It’s only thanks to our 500,000 members that we have the ability to engage on all of these fronts in the fight to save America. In this fight, our members are truly our partners.


That’s why we invite you to stand with us—because there’s too much at stake to stand on the sidelines.  


It’s only with your help that we can ensure America remains a land of flourishing opportunity and home of the freest, most prosperous people the world has ever known. 

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