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The Heritage Foundation

Leadership for America

three stars

85.16

214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002
tel: (800) 546-2843   Web Site
EIN: 23-7327730

Board Leadership
Thomas A. Saunders III
Chair

CEO
Kay Coles James
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.16 three stars
  Financial 79.23 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution-a think tank-whose 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. We believe the principles and ideas of the American Founding are worth conserving and renewing. As policy entrepreneurs, we believe the most effective solutions are consistent with those ideas and principles. Our vision is to build an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish.

Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution-a think tank-whose 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. We believe the principles and ideas of the American Founding are worth conserving and renewing. As policy entrepreneurs, we believe the most effective solutions are consistent with those ideas and principles. Our vision is to build an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish.

Financial

two stars

79.23

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
77.4%
  Administrative Expenses 3.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 19.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.86
  Program Expenses Growth 1.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Heritage Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Heritage Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $79,079,189
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $79,079,189
   Program Service Revenue $641,190
Total Primary Revenue $79,720,379
   Other Revenue $2,489,067
TOTAL REVENUE $82,209,446
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $63,540,253
   Administrative Expenses $2,705,467
   Fundraising Expenses $15,374,798
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $81,620,518
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $588,928
   
Net Assets $240,680,594

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Educational Programs $28,431,409 44.7%
Public Policy Research $24,777,934 39.0%
Media and Government Relations $10,330,910 16.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 03/01/2018 85.16 three stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 84.67 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 83.19 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 79.53 two stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 80.25 three stars
2012-12 03/01/2014 83.88 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 81.72 three stars
2010-12 12/01/2011 90.96 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 89.97 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 87.67 three stars
2008-12 06/01/2010 90.42 four stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 88.29 three stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 88.24 three stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 83.26 three stars
2003-12 10/01/2004 81.59 three stars
2002-12 12/01/2003 86.12 three stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 73.45 two stars
2000-12 04/15/2002 73.16 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 23-7327730
Name in IRS Master File HERITAGE FOUNDATION
NTEE Code W05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (161) Scientific research (diseases)
(180) Contact or sponsored scientific research for industry
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date November, 1973
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$1,127,540 1.38% James W. Demint President
Other Salaries of Note
$195,265 0.23% Edwin J. Feulner Jr. Former President

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The Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
tel: (800) 546-2843
fax: (202) 546-8328
EIN: 23-7327730

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Board Leadership

Thomas A. Saunders III
Chair

CEO

Kay Coles James
President

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