The Heartland Institute is a publicly supported charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its funding comes from tax-deductible contributions from approximately 8,300 individuals, foundations, and corporations.
Heartland does not solicit or accept grants from government agencies, does not conduct contract research, and does not rely on direct mail to raise money. In 2012 Heartland received 50 percent of its income from foundations, 28 percent from individuals, and 18 percent from corporations. No corporate donor contributes more than 5 percent of its annual budget.
People contribute to The Heartland Institute because they share our belief that better information and understanding can improve public policies in such important areas as education, environmental protection, and health care. For 30 years, Heartland authors have discovered and promoted free-market solutions to social and economic problems.
We do not take positions in order to appease or avoid losing support from individual donors. We have, in fact, a long record of standing behind our research even when it means losing the support of major donors.
For many years, we provided a complete list of Heartland’s corporate and foundation donors on this Web site and challenged other think tanks and advocacy groups to do the same. To our knowledge, not a single group followed our lead.
Regrettably, listing our donors in this way allowed people who disagree with our views to accuse us of being “paid” by specific donors to take positions in public policy debates, something we never do. After much deliberation and with some regret, we now keep confidential the identities of all our donors. This is standard practice by nonprofit advocacy organizations regardless of their philosophies.
To read more facts that debunk many myths about Heartland's funding, visit our Reply to Our Critics page.
Review Heartland’s 990 form from 2013 here.