The Heartland Institute is a 30-year-old national nonprofit research organization dedicated to finding and promoting ideas that empower people.
Founded: Heartland was founded in Chicago in 1984.
Mission: Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems.
Policy Advisors: Approximately 235 academics and professional economists participate in its peer-review process, and more than 160 elected officials serve on its Legislative Forum.
Publications: Heartland sends three monthly public policy newspapers addressing the major domestic public policy issues to every national and state elected official in the U.S. and thousands of civic and business leaders. It also produces books, policy studies, and booklets.
Communications: We appeared in print and on television or radio at least 755 times in 2013. We host 16 Web site which generated more than 2.4 million page views. We published 234 podcasts on iTunes in 2013, which were downloaded or listened to a total of 737,386 times. Our Facebook page registers more than 63,000 fans and more than 20 million impressions in 2013.
Government Relations: Our government relations staff made more than 1.2 million contacts with elected officials in 2013. Of those contacts, 20,188 were one-on-one in person, by phone, or by one-to-one emails. These were virtually all educational contacts; The Heartland Institute only rarely lobbies for or against pending legislation.
Survey Results: A telephone survey of randomly selected state and local elected officials conducted in 2011 found 79% of state legislators and 63% of local elected officials read at least one of our publications. 45% of state legislators say