Members socializing at the 2019 Annual Leadership Conference in California.
The 2018 elections weakened the hand of conservative lawmakers and emboldened the Left. Liberal leaders took up the gavel in the House and were pushed even further left by the media’s newest darlings: “The Squad.” Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and other radical proposals came hard and fast.
But Heritage members were having none of it. They fought back by giving as never before to the one think tank uniquely capable of stopping the Left’s agenda in its tracks.
At our Annual Leadership Conference in April, our generous donors contributed a record-breaking $14 million to Heritage, thanks to a matching gift challenge issued by our Board of Trustees.
That energy continued throughout 2019. By year’s end, our incredible supporters, now numbering more than a half million, contributed nearly $153 million in gifts, pledges, and estate commitments to Heritage and Heritage Action.
This outpouring of support is humbling and most deeply appreciated. It enabled us to achieve the many victories noted in this report—and more.
As gratifying as those victories are, some of our best experiences in 2019 came when we at Heritage were able to spend time with our members in meetings across the nation. We held 25 regional member meetings throughout the year, including unforgettable events with Jordan Peterson in New York City and Sebastian Gorka in Naples, Florida. Together, we drilled down on the issues, discussed alternative solutions, brainstormed new ideas, and forged new partnerships.
The crown jewel of the year was our annual President’s Club Meeting, which included our first-ever Heritage Honors Gala. Headlined by Vice President Mike Pence, the gala was a star-studded evening of unabashed patriotism and celebration. And even in October, we had much to celebrate, from victories on deregulation to a strengthened military and border security, from new protections for the unborn to the appointment of scores of constitutionalist judges.
When we look back at 2019, we can’t help but be thankful for our members: Americans who understand the amazing legacy and responsibility passed down to us by our nation’s Founders. Thanks to you, America—and Heritage—is stronger than ever. We enter 2020 on a strong financial footing and well prepared to meet the challenges ahead.
My first job out of college was teaching math in a Los Angeles County school. I probably shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was, that so few of my peers shared my passion for the ideals upon which our country had been founded.
In 1954, 16-year-old Bob Fuller landed his first summer job: picking beans for 15 cents a box. It gave him gas money for his Model A Ford, and life was good.
“You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make a good use of it.”
Our Founding Fathers dedicated their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to secure the freedoms we enjoy today. Members of our Heritage Legacy Society understand the depth and importance of that commitment—and they’ve followed that example.
Legacy Society members have remembered Heritage in their wills, trusts, or other planned gifts. In this way, these modern-day patriots are safeguarding America’s founding principles for future generations. The Heritage Legacy Society is honored to welcome the new members who joined in 2019.
Heritage Legacy Society member Sam Hammons
It was during the energy crises of the 1970s that Heritage Legacy Society member Sam Hammons acquired much of his expertise on energy policy.