September 12, 2013
The Heritage Foundation has received a record-breaking $26 million gift to support our research on foreign policy and national defense issues.
“Following decades of strong support, the family of the late Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis announced that they have made a $26 million gift to support the work and mission of the Davis Institute for International Studies at the Heritage Foundation,” Heritage’s press release says.
Heritage is extremely thankful for this generous gift. In a special statement, Heritage’s Board expressed “its profound respect and gratitude to the family of Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis for their many years of friendship to The Heritage Foundation and for their principled commitment to advance the cause of freedom in America and abroad.”
The Heritage press release has more:
The Davis family made the gift in memory of Shelby Cullom Davis, former ambassador to Switzerland, member of Heritage’s Board of Trustees from 1979 to 1992 and chairman from 1985 to1992, and Dr. Kathryn Davis, an adventurer, author and scholar who served as an honorary trustee of Heritage for many years. Both Shelby and Kathryn received the first Clare Boothe Luce Award, Heritage’s highest honor, in 1991 for their legacy of accomplishments for the conservative cause.
“Shelby and Kathryn’s legacy of advancing conservative principles through scholarship but also action will be continued in the Davis Institute with this gift.” said Heritage Foundation President, Jim DeMint. “We are grateful beyond words for the Davis family’s commitment to fostering the continuing research and development of policy proposals best calculated to spread the march of freedom, opportunity and prosperity around the globe.”