Heritage Foundation membership grew to more than 600,000 in 2013, and Heritage members contributed more than $150 million to Heritage and Heritage Action last year to advance conservative ideas.
Heritage President Jim DeMint laid it out in an e-mail yesterday to supporters:
I have a good feeling about 2014.
Recent polls and election results show that the American people are more open than ever to conservative solutions.
And The Heritage Foundation is prepared to build on this momentum.
Over the last year, our membership has grown to more than 600,000 Americans, giving Heritage — and our sister organization, Heritage Action for America — a presence in every state in the Union.
This membership base makes Heritage the most broadly supported public policy organization in America. That ensures that we are not beholden to any special interest group. Instead, we represent the views of a broad segment of the American public committed to winning the war of ideas.
But as former Heritage Trustee Lew Lehrman announced at our Tenth Anniversary Dinner, “Intellectual battles are not won on ideas alone. Money counts.”
Well, Lew is right. Money does matter, and last year you and hundreds of thousands of other Heritage members contributed a record amount to Heritage to help us win the intellectual battles.
Specifically, members like you gave $102 million in cash, plus nearly $42 million in pledges and estate commitments. Our sister organization, Heritage Action for America, received an additional $8.7 million in gifts from supporters like you.
That’s more than $150 million that you and your fellow members gave to help us advance our mission of formulating and promoting conservative ideas based on the principles of free enterprise, individual freedom, individual liberty, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.
Thank you. Thank you very much.
In the coming weeks and months, we will be announcing a number of other exciting new plans for Heritage’s future that you have made possible. I’ll be sure to keep you informed about everything we’re doing.
Thank you again. I hope you share my pride in all we have accomplished together and my confidence that conservative ideas have a strong future.