Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives

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This article is about the Pennsylvania think tank. For the London-based organization, see Commonwealth Foundation.
Commonwealth Foundation
Commonwealth Foundation Logo.png
Formation 1987
Type Public policy think tank
Region served
Matthew Brouillette
Revenue: $2,810,324
Expenses: $2,665,762
(FYE December 2013)[1]

The Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives is a nonpartisan think tank based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.[2] It develops and advances fiscally conservative and libertarian public policies.[3][4] The organization's stated mission is to "transform free-market ideas into public policies so all Pennsylvanians can flourish."[5]


The Commonwealth Foundation was founded in 1987 by Don Eberly.[6]


The organization supports the privatization of Pennsylvania's state-run liquor stores.[7] The Commonwealth Foundation is a proponent of increased school choice through charter schools and school vouchers.[8] The organization supported former Democratic Governor Ed Rendell's proposal to privatize or lease the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.[9]

The organization's projects include, which describes every bill, amendment, and vote that takes place in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and, a website that documents the activities of Pennsylvania's teacher's unions.[2][4]


  1. ^ "Charity Rating". Charity Navigator.  Also see "Quickview data" (PDF). GuideStar. Total Revenue: $2,810,324 Total Expenses: $2,665,762 [FYE December 2013] 
  2. ^ a b Scott, Jason (January 16, 2010). "A look at the track records of local legislators". The Sentinel. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Warner, Dave (April 10, 2011). "Harrisburg-area think tanks influence policies". The Patriot News. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b McQuade, Dan (October 15, 2014). "Commonwealth Foundation to Demonstrate at Schools Protest". Philadelphia Magazine. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "What is CF?". Commonwealth Foundation. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Dionne, Jr., E.J.; Daly, Lew (2010). God's Economy: Faith-Based Initiatives and the Caring State.,. p. 167. ISBN 9781459605879. 
  7. ^ Gleiter, Sue. "Commonwealth Foundation releases poll showing voters support liquor privatization in Pennsylvania". The Patriot-News. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Shamlin III, Wilford (February 20, 2015). "Charter school vote draws criticism". Philadelphia Tribune. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Lieberman, Brett (December 11, 2007). "Just the facts, ma'am". The Patriot News. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 

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