Financial Information

Financial Information

The Heritage Foundation’s authority rests on the independence and quality of our research. Our power to impact policy comes directly from our more than half a million members. Their generous support empowers us to promote and defend America’s founding ideals. 

We strive to be good stewards of their gifts and that includes making our financial information easy to find and easy to understand. 

Our members make it possible for Heritage to conduct expert research, educate Congress and the American people, and promote conservative policy solutions. The steadfast support of our members, combined with Heritage’s operational effectiveness, allow us to make great strides in policy impact and accomplish those goals while being good stewards of our members’ financial contributions. 

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To honor the intent of our members, we ensure that all Heritage research and policy proposals are guided by a core set of True North principles. Heritage does not support policies that deviate from these principles, nor are our recommendations ever influenced by outside political pressure.

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Heritage research products all go through a rigorous, multi-layer review process prior to publication to ensure the highest research quality and integrity of our work. We do not engage in contract research. We also do not accept money from any level of government—whether federal, state, local, tribal, or foreign—for any research activity or any other purpose. 

This is one of the many reasons why Heritage members are so vital to our mission. Our broad base of financial support ensures financial independence and a commitment to our vision of building an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish.

It is only with our members’ support that we can continue to make significant policy impacts at the federal, state, and local levels, and spread the conservative message to even more Americans. 

You can find the finer details of how we steward our members’ gifts in The Heritage Foundation’s annual reports and annual audited financial statements: 

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