The Heritage Foundation
|Motto||Leadership for America|
|Formation||February 16, 1973|
|Type||Conservative think tank|
|Headquarters||214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE|
|Thomas A. Saunders III|
(FYE December 2013)
The Heritage Foundation is an American United States.
History and major initiatives 1
- Early years 1.1
- Reagan administration years 1.2
- George H. W. Bush administration years 1.3
- Clinton administration years 1.4
- George W. Bush administration years 1.5
- Obama administration years 1.6
- Policy influence 2
Publications and activities 3
- Indices 3.1
- Digital communications 3.2
- Other media 3.3
- Republican presidential debate 3.4
- Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom 3.5
- Associations 3.6
- Funding 4
- In popular culture 5
- Board of Trustees 6
- Criticism – political agenda 7
- References 8
- External links 9
History and major initiatives
The Heritage Foundation was founded in 1973 by direct mail fundraising and Heritage's annual income grew to $1 million per year in 1976. Heritage's stated mission is to "formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense".
Reagan administration years
In January 1981 Heritage published the Mandate for Leadership, a comprehensive report aimed at reducing the size of the federal government containing more than 2,000 specific suggestions to move the federal government in a conservative direction. The report was well received by the White House, and several of its authors went on to take positions in the Reagan administration. Approximately 60% of the 2,000 proposals were implemented or initiated by the end of Reagan's first year in office.
Heritage also advocated the development of a new ballistic missile defense system for the United States. Reagan adopted this as his top defense priority in 1983, calling it the Bob Dole and Pat Robertson. In 1986, Time called Heritage "the foremost of the new breed of advocacy tanks". During the Reagan and Bush administrations, The Heritage Foundation served as the President's brain trust on foreign policy.
George H. W. Bush administration years
The Heritage Foundation remained an influential voice on domestic and foreign policy issues during President Operation Desert Storm against Iraq, and—according to Frank Starr, head of the Baltimore Sun 's Washington bureau—the foundation's studies "laid much of the groundwork for Bush administration thinking" about post-Soviet foreign policy. In domestic policy, the Bush administration agreed with six of the ten budget reforms contained in Mandate for Leadership III and included them in their 1990 budget proposal. Heritage also became involved in the culture wars of the 1990s with the publication of "The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators" by William Bennett. The Index documented how crime, illegitimacy, divorce, teenage suicide, drug use and fourteen other social indicators had become measurably worse since the 1960s.
Clinton administration years
Heritage continued to grow throughout the 1990s and its journal, Policy Review, hit an all-time-high circulation of 23,000. Heritage was an opponent of the Clinton health care plan of 1993. President Clinton's welfare reforms were, in fact, analogous with Heritage's recommendations and were adopted in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996. In 1995, Heritage published the first Index of Economic Freedom, co-authored by policy analyst Bryan T. Johnson and Thomas P. Sheehy. In 1997, the Index became a joint project between the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal.
In 1994, Heritage advised Newt Gingrich and other conservatives on the development of the "Contract with America", which was credited with helping to produce a Republican majority in Congress. The "Contract" was a pact of principles that directly challenged both the political status-quo in Washington and many of the ideas at the heart of the Clinton administration.
George W. Bush administration years
In 2005, The Washington Post criticized the Heritage Foundation for softening its criticism of Malaysia following a business relationship between Heritage's president and Malaysia's then-prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. The Heritage Foundation denied any conflict of interest, stating its views on Malaysia changed following the country's cooperation with the U.S. after the September 11 attacks in 2001, and changes by Malaysia "moving in the right economic and political direction".
Obama administration years
In December 2012, an announcement was made that Senator Jim DeMint would resign from the Senate to head the Heritage Foundation. Pundits have predicted his tenure may mark a sharper edge for the Foundation. On May 10, 2013, Jason Richwine, who co-authored the think tank's controversial report on the costs of amnesty, resigned his position following intensive media attention on his Harvard PhD thesis from 2009 and comments he made at 2008 American Enterprise Institute forum. In both Richwine argued that Hispanics and blacks are intellectually inferior to whites and have trouble assimilating because of a supposed genetic predisposition to lower IQ.
A 2011 study on poverty in America was heavily criticized for being "distorted", "misleading", and "wrong", and for embracing "anti-poor stereotypes" in order to justify the further retrenchment of the social safety net.
A 2013 study by Heritage senior fellow Robert Rector on the 2013 Senate Immigration Bill (Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013) was criticized for its methodology by critics from across the political spectrum. Notably, outlets like Reason Magazine and the Cato Institute criticized the report for failing to employ dynamic scoring despite Heritage's support for such methodology in analyzing other policy proposals. The study was also criticized because its co-author, Jason Richwine, said in his 2009 doctoral dissertation that immigrants' I.Q.'s should be considered when crafting public policy.
In July 2013, following disputes over the farm bill, the Republican Study Committee of 172 conservative U.S. House members reversed a decades-old tradition of access by barring Heritage Foundation employees from attending its weekly meeting in the Capitol, but continues cooperation through "regular joint events and briefings".
In September 2015, the Foundation stated publicly that it had been targeted by hackers and had experienced a breach in which donors' information was taken. The publication The Hill compared the attack to another notable data breach at the Office of Personnel Management a few months before. The identity of those that attacked the Foundation and their motivations are unknown.
According to the 2014 Global Go To Michael Mukasey to succeed Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General of the United States; Mukasey's nomination faced opposition in the U.S. Senate over the nominee's refusal to label the interrogation tactic of waterboarding as illegal. Mukasey was confirmed and became Attorney General eight days later.
The health insurance mandate in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is an idea hatched in 1989 by Stuart M. Butler at Heritage in a publication titled "Assuring Affordable Health Care for All Americans". This was also the model for Mitt Romney's health care plan in Massachusetts.
In October 2011, The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) announced they would co-host the Republican Party presidential candidates' debate on foreign policy and national defense. The event took place at Constitution Hall on November 22, 2011, and was the first presidential debate to be sponsored by either Heritage or AEI.
Several Heritage Foundation personnel have served, or gone on to serve, in senior governmental roles, including: Richard V. Allen, L. Paul Bremer, Elaine Chao, Lawrence Di Rita, Michael Johns, John Lehman, Edwin Meese, and Steve Ritchie.
Publications and activities
Heritage's 1981 book of policy analysis, Mandate for Leadership, was a landmark in advocacy for limited government. At 1,000-plus pages, Mandate for Leadership offered specific recommendations on policy, budget and administrative action for all Cabinet departments.
Until 2001, the Heritage Foundation published Policy Review, a public policy journal, which was then acquired by the Hoover Institution. From 1995 to 2005, the Heritage Foundation ran Townhall.com, a conservative website that was subsequently acquired by Camarillo, California-based Salem Communications. In 2005, the Foundation published The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, a clause-by-clause analysis of the United States Constitution.
Once per year Heritage publishes its Budget Chart Book using visual graphs and charts to demonstrate the growth of federal spending, revenue, debt and deficits, and entitlement programs. The chart relies on 42 visual images to convey its data, which Heritage makes available to the public for free distribution.
Policy analysts and fellows of the Heritage Foundation frequently publish books, both through Heritage and other non-fiction imprints. Among independent publications, in 2010 the Intercollegiate Studies Institute published We Still Hold These Truths by director of American Studies Matthew Spalding.
Internationally, and in partnership with the Wall Street Journal, Heritage publishes the annual Index of Economic Freedom, which measures a country's freedom in terms of property rights and freedom from government regulation. The factors used to calculate the Index score are corruption in government, barriers to international trade, income tax and corporate tax rates, government expenditures, rule of law and the ability to enforce contracts, regulatory burdens, banking restrictions, labor regulations, and black market activities. Deficiencies lower the score on Heritage's Index. The Heritage Foundation also publishes The Insider, a quarterly magazine about public policy.
In 2002, Heritage began publishing its annual Index of Dependence report on the growth of federal government programs that constrain private sector or local government alternatives and impact the dependence of individuals on the federal government. It examines programs in five broad categories: housing; health care and welfare; retirement; higher education; and rural and agricultural services. The report has found that each year the number of Americans who pay nothing in federal personal income taxes continues to increase, while there is a simultaneous increase in the number who rely on government services. The 2010 report found that Americans' dependence on government grew by 13.6% in 2009 during the worst U.S. economic crisis since the Great Depression. According to Heritage, this is the biggest increase since 1976 and the fifth largest going back to 1962, when the foundation began tracking dependence. The report stated that in the previous eight years, the index of government dependence has grown by almost 33%.
The Heritage Foundation publishes a blog, The Foundry, with reporting provided by Heritage staff and fellows. News stories originally published by The Foundry have been reported by media outlets, including reporting on a 15-cent Christmas Tree tax proposed by the Obama administration. Following a Heritage blog post by David Addington that was critical of the tax, the story was reported by ABC News, and according to Fox News, this criticism in the media led to a delay in the implementation of the tax.
Since 2006, the Foundation has hosted "The Bloggers Briefing", a meeting of conservative and independent bloggers organized by Robert Bluey. According to Bluey, the meetings were launched to provide conservative bloggers with greater understanding of conservative policy debates and a forum to discuss ideas, as there was then no regular meeting of people involved in the conservative blogosphere. Guest speakers at the meetings have included Jon Huntsman, John Boehner and Robert Novak, and the briefings are video recorded and live streamed on the Internet.
In June 2011, Heritage launched "Scribe", an investigative journalism feature by Robert Bluey for its blog, The Foundry. At the time of its launch, Bluey stated that Scribe would feature "long-form investigative stories" focusing on important policy issues, video report, analysis and breaking news. Scribe is part of a trend of "think tank journalism" using the knowledge of Heritage policy experts to inform investigative stories.
- Heritage Foundation official website
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- Organizational Profile – National Center for Charitable Statistics (Urban Institute)
- "Charity Rating".
- Weisberg, Jacob. Happy Birthday, Heritage Foundation, Slate, January 9, 1998.
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- "Brewery magnate Joseph Coors dies at 85". USA Today.
- Bill Moyers (2 November 2011). How Wall Street Occupied America. The Nation. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
- Kevin Doogan (2009). New Capitalism. Polity. ISBN 0745633250 p. 34.
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- Heritage Foundation – About
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- "Joining the think ranks". Time. September 1, 1986.
- * Arin, Kubilay Yado (2013): Think Tanks, the Brain Trusts of US Foreign Policy. Wiesbaden: VS Springer.
- Starr, Frank (January 20, 1991). "What Will the U.S. Fight For?". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2011.
- , Sunday, April 17, 2005; Page A01.Washington PostThomas B. Edsall, "Think Tank's Ideas Shifted As Malaysia Ties Grew: Business Interests Overlapped Policy",
- , 11-JAN-05.Asia Africa Intelligence Wire"Heritage hails Malaysia's bold economic policies.",
- "Heritage Foundation advocated for Iraq war?" Real Time with Bill Maher.
- Paul Kane (6 Dec 2012). "Jim DeMint to head conservative think tank". Washington Post.
- Karen Tumulty (7 Dec 2012). "A sharper edge". Washington Post.
- "Amnesty study author Jason Richwine resigns from Heritage Foundation". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- "Co-Author of Controversial Heritage Foundation Report Resigns".
- Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield (19 July 2011). Air Conditioning, Cable TV, and an Xbox: What is Poverty in the United States Today? The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
- Jonathan Rothwell (8 November 2011). Why Heritage Is Wrong About Poverty in America. The New Republic Retrieved 16 September 2013.
- Melissa Boteach and Donna Cooper (5 August 2011). What You Need When You're Poor; Heritage Foundation Hasn't a Clue. Center For American Progress. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
- Courtland Milloy (13 September 2011). Study dismisses poverty, but try telling that to the poor. The Washington Post. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
- Katrina vanden Heuvel (28 July 2011). Colbert Challenges the Poverty Deniers. The Nation Retrieved 16 September 2013.
- Keller, Bill (12 May 2013). "Dark Heritage". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- Dalmia, Shikha (7 May 2013). "Heritage's Updated Study on the Welfare Costs of Immigrants: Garbage In, Garbage Out". Reason Magazine Hit & Run Blog. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
- Parker, Ashley (10 May 2013). "Author of Study on Immigrants' I.!. Leaves Heritage Foundation". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- Republican Lawmakers Retaliate Against Heritage Foundation, Tim Alberts, National Journal, August 28, 2013
- "Heritage Foundation hit by hackers". TheHill. 2015-09-02. Retrieved 2015-10-18.
- Other "Top Think Tank" rankings include #37 (of 85) in Defense and National Security, #9 (of 80) in Domestic Economic Policy, #14 (of 55) in Education Policy, #24 (of 85) in Foreign Policy and International Affairs, #17 (of 30) in Domestic Health Policy, #25 (of 50) in International Economic Policy, #12 (of 50) in Social Policy, #15 (of 40) of Transparency and Good Governance Think Tanks, #5 (of 75) for Best Advocacy Campaign, #26 (of 65) for Best Managed Think Tanks, #28 (of 47) for Best Policy Study/Report Produced by a Think Tank (2013–2014), #18 (of 60) for Best Think Tank Network, #5 (of 60) for Best Use of Social Networks, #10 (of 60) of Think Tanks with the Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program, #10 (of 40) for Best Use of the Internet, #10 (of 40) for Best Use of Media, #21 (of 30) for Most Innovative Policy Ideas/Proposals, #13 (of 70) for the Most Significant Impact on Public Policy, and #18 (of 60) of Think Tanks with Outstanding Policy-Oriented Public Programs.
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- "Individual health care insurance mandate has roots two decades long". Fox News. June 28, 2012.
- Roy, Avik (2011-10-20). "How the Heritage Foundation, a Conservative Think Tank, Promoted the Individual Mandate". Forbes. Retrieved 2013-09-26.
- "GOP candidates talk foreign policy, national security at Heritage/AEI debate". The Washington Times. 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
- Gonzalez, Mike (November 1, 2011). "National Security Debate Moves to Nov 22". TheFoundry. The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
- May, Caroline (October 18, 2011). "November debate to address foreign policy". The Daily Caller. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
- NNDB – The Heritage Foundation
- About Us Townhall.com
- "2011 Budget Chart Book". Heritage Foundation. heritage.org. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
- "Out Now! The federal budget in pictures". South Florida Tea Party. southfloridateaparty.net. June 23, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2011.
- John R. Coyne Jr. (December 9, 2009). "Getting America Back On Course". Washington Times. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
- David Hogberg (June 28, 2010). "Government Dependency Surges; Addiction to get worse". Investor's Business Daily. blog.investors.com. Retrieved September 13, 2011.
- William Beach (October 24, 2010). "The 2010 Index of Dependence on Government". Heritage Foundation. heritage.org. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
- Matt Hadro (April 22, 2010). "Dependence on Government Growing in U.S.". Human Events. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
- Jedediah Bila (August 22, 2011). "Obama's defense of lawlessness". The Daily Caller. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
- "Under Fire, Obama Delays Christmas Tree Tax". Fox News Nation. November 9, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
- Simon Owens (March 4, 2011). "Inside the social media strategy of a conservative think tank". The Next Web. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
- Allen McDuffee (December 6, 2011). "Jon Huntsman reaches out to conservative online community at the Heritage Foundation to boost domestic agenda". Think Tanked. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
- "Bloggers emerge as force on right". The Washington Times. August 15, 2007. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
- Mark Tapscott (June 21, 2011). "Heritage unveils new Scribe investigative journalism feature". Washington Examiner. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
- Jason Stverak (April 1, 2011). "Think Tank Journalism: The Future of Investigative Reporting". State Policy Network. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
- Jim Barnett (September 11, 2009). "Why a reporter left mainstream media for a think tank". Nieman Journalism Lab. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
- Jacqueline Otto (March 1, 2012). "Profiles in Liberty: Robert Bluey". America's Future Foundation. Retrieved March 9, 2012.
- Heritage Foundation 33 Minutes Experts April 22, 2009.
- Heritage Foundation 33 Minutes Panel Discussion April 22, 2009.
- "Istook Enters Syndication Aren". Talkers.com. July 10, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
- "WYD Media Management Launches Ernest Istook Show". All Access. July 10, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
- Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny (November 22, 2011). "Spirited Foreign Policy Debate Includes a Test of Gingrich's Rise". The New York Times. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
- Michael Barone (November 23, 2012). "Barone: Thoughts on the AEI-Heritage-CNN debate". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
- Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (September 13, 2005). "Honoring the Iron Lady". The Washington Times.
- Roxanne Roberts (September 24, 1991). "Margaret Thatcher, On the Right Track; Raves for the Iron Lady at the Heritage Foundation Dinner". Washington Post.
- Margaret Rankin (December 12, 1997). "Heritage of conservatism is ongoing after 25 years". The Washington Times.
- "Tribute to Margaret Thatcher". C-SPAN. C-SPAN.org. December 9, 2002. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
- A new birth of freedom, Heritage Members News, Winter 2006
- Kopan, Tal (November 13, 2013). "Report: Think tanks tied to Kochs".
- "Directory SPN Members".
- John J. Miller (March 20, 2003). "Joseph Coors, RIP". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
- Bellant, Russ (1991). The Coors Connection: How Coors Family Philanthropy Undermines Democratic Pluralism.
- David M. Kotz (2015). The Rise and Fall of Neoliberal Capitalism. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0674725654 p. 74.
- "Heritage Foundation – Charity Reports – Give.org".
- Josh Barro (June 11, 2013). "The Heritage Foundation Is Using Anonymous, Tax-Deductible Donations To Blast Marco Rubio". Business Insider. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
- "About Heritage". heritage.org. The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
- Bill Berkowitz (July 2008). "The Heritage Foundation's 35 Years". Z Magazine. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
- Kroll, Andy (February 5, 2013). "Exposed: The Dark-Money ATM of the Conservative Movement".
- Kroll, Andy (February 11, 2013). "Exclusive: Donors Trust, The Right's Dark-Money ATM, Paid Out $30 Million in 2011".
- Abowd, Paul (February 14, 2013). "Koch-funded charity passes money to free-market think tanks in states".
- David W. Kreutzer (August 3, 2011). "Subsidizing Natural-Gas Technology" (PDF). waysandmeans.house.gov. The Heritage Foundation. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
- "Charity Watch: Top Charity Compensation Packages". Charity Watch. American Institute of Philanthropy. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
Feulner, Edwin (April 12, 2010). "'"New Fangs for the Conservative 'Beast. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 14, 2010.
...to convince many members of Congress to do the right thing. But we can prevail by making them feel the heat from more than 630,000 members of the Heritage Foundation—and millions of others around the country who believe in our principles and share our vision of America's future.
- "The West Wing Resource," Bartlet Administration officials.
- "Curb Your Ethusiasm episode scripts," Season Four, Episode Five, "The 5 Wood," Springfield! Springfield!
- ", The Corner, February 14, 200724"A rant against the TV show
- "Board of Trustees".
- Hill, Charles W. L. International Business: Competing in the Global Marketplace (10 ed.). McGraw-Hill Education. p. 75.
After discussing the international shift toward a market-based economic system and Heritage Foundation's Economic Freedom Index, International Business: Competing in the Global Marketplace, produced by McGraw-Hill Education, states, "given that the Heritage Foundation has a political agenda, its work should be viewed with caution."
Criticism – political agenda
- Thomas A. Saunders III, Chairman; Founder of Saunders Karp & Megrue.
- Barb Van Andel-Gaby, Vice-Chairman; CEO of Peter Island Resort.
- Meg Allen, Trustee since 2009; Co-Founder of DRAMA Consulting and DRAMA S.A.
- Larry P. Arnn, Trustee since 2002; President of Hillsdale College.
- Belden H. Bell, Trustee since 2000; Journalist and diplomat.
- Midge Decter, Trustee since 1981; Journalist.
- Jim DeMint, President; former United States Senator from South Carolina.
- Edwin J. Feulner, Trustee since 1973; Former President of the Heritage Foundation, the Mont Pelerin Society, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Philadelphia Society.
- Steve Forbes, Trustee since 2001; President and CEO of Forbes.
- Todd W. Herrick, Trustee since 2007; Former Chairman, President and CEO of Tecumseh Products.
- William J. Hume, Trustee since 1993; Chairman of Basic American Foods.
- Kay Coles James, Trustee since 2005; Former Director of the United States Office of Personnel Management.
- Rebekah A. Mercer, Trustee Since 2014.
- Abby Moffat, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Media Research Center and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.
- Nersi Nazari, Trustee since 2006; Chairman and CEO of Vital Connect.
- Robert Pennington, Trustee since 2009; Banker.
- Anthony J. Saliba, Trustee since 2012; Executive Managing Director of the ConvergEx Group.
- William E. Simon, Jr., Trustee since 2008; Politician and banker.
- Brian Tracy, Trustee since 2003; Motivational speaker.
- Phillip N. Truluck, Trustee since 2001; Executive Vice President of the Heritage Foundation.
- Marion Wells, Trustee since 2003; Trustee of the Capital Research Center.
- David R. Brown, Honorary Chairman and Trustee Emeritus since 1978; Orthopedic surgeon.
- Frank Shakespeare, Honorary Trustee since 1979; United States Ambassador to the Vatican.
Board of Trustees
- The Heritage Foundation was mentioned periodically in the NBC fictional television series The West Wing. The character Patricia Calhoun, a former member of the Office of Management and Budget and a Republican appointee to the Federal Election Commission in the fictional Bartlet administration, is identified as the former Director of the Roe Institute for Economic Policy at The Heritage Foundation. Calhoun is depicted in the series as an aggressive advocate of campaign finance reform.
- In season four, episode five of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David, being interviewed for his application to a conservative country club, lies, telling the club's officers that "we're in The Heritage Foundation".
- The Heritage Foundation was also mentioned during the fourth season of the Fox TV fictional drama series 24.
In popular culture
Heritage is a tax-exempt BBB Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity funded by donations from private individuals, corporations and charitable foundations. As a 501(c)(3), Heritage is not required to disclose its donors and donations to the foundation are nonetheless tax-deductible. According to a MediaTransparency report in 2006, donors have included the John M. Olin Foundation, the Castle Rock Foundation, the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation and the Bradley Foundation. Heritage is a grantee of the Donors Trust, a nonprofit donor-advised fund. As of 2010, Heritage reported 710,000 supporters. For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2011 Charity Watch reported Edwin J. Feulner, Jr. Past President of The Heritage Foundation received the highest compensation in its top 25 list of compensation received by Charity members. According to Charity Watch, Feulner received $ 2,702,687 in 2013. This sum includes investment earnings of $1,656,230 accrued over a period of 33 years. Heritage's total revenue was $72,170,983 and its expenses were $80,033,828.
In 1973, businessman Joseph Coors contributed $250,000 to establish The Heritage Foundation and continued to fund it through the Adolph Coors Foundation. In 1973, it had trustees from Chase Manhattan Bank, Dow Chemical, General Motors, Pfizer, Sears and Mobil.
The Heritage Foundation is an associate member of the State Policy Network.
In 2005, Heritage established the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom in honor of the former British Prime Minister, sponsoring hundreds of events involving world leaders since its inception. Lady Thatcher has maintained a long relationship with The Heritage Foundation. Shortly after leaving office, Lady Thatcher was honored by Heritage at a September 1991 dinner. Seven years later, Thatcher delivered the keynote address during Heritage's 25th anniversary celebration. Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol said at the time, "Given that Reagan obviously couldn't be here, I think it was important to have Mrs. Thatcher because she and Reagan are really the great heroes of conservatism in the last few decades and still today." In 2002, Thatcher was again honored by Heritage as the recipient of its annual Clare Boothe Luce Award, which was presented by then-Vice President Dick Cheney. Lady Thatcher was later named Patron of the Heritage Foundation, her only official association with any U.S.-based group.
Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom
On November 22, 2011, The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute co-hosted the Republican Party presidential candidates' debate on foreign policy and national defense held at Constitution Hall. The event was the first presidential debate to be sponsored by either Heritage or AEI. During the debate, Heritage fellows Edwin Meese and David Addington were among those who questioned candidates on policy. The debate was praised by The New York Times for putting "pressure on candidates to show their policy expertise". According to conservative commentator Michael Barone, the debate was "probably the most substantive and serious presidential debate of this election cycle."
Republican presidential debate
The foundation sponsors the radio show Istook Live!, which is hosted by former congressman Heritage Action for America.
In 2009, Heritage produced 33 Minutes, a one-hour documentary film about the foreign policy challenges facing the United States, titled after the time required for a long-range nuclear ballistic missile to be fired from any distant hostile nation and deliver its payload to any American city. The film interviews numerous foreign policy experts, including former Assistant Secretary of State Kim Holmes, professor and journalist James Carafano, weapons scientist Ken Alibek, former White House Chief of Staff Edwin Meese, and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The Heritage Foundation has hosted viewings of this film, followed by panel discussions.