The Heartland Institute is a libertarian “think tank” whose mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. Heartland is a 33-year-old national nonprofit research and education organization headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois, about 30 minutes from O’Hare International Airport and downtown Chicago. It has a full-time staff of 39, our 2017 annual budget is about $6 million, and we have a nationwide donor base of approximately 5,000 supporters.
Heartland is the only free-market think tank that targets the nation’s 7,300 state elected officials and 535 national elected officials as its principal audience, sending them a publication on average once every week. It is also the only free-market think tank that focuses on effectively marketing the work of other free-market groups (not only its own research) through publications, a website tailored for elected officials, and a staff of legislative specialists who work directly with elected officials.