Foundation for Economic Education
|Founded||March 7, 1946|
|Founder||Leonard E. Read|
IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt
|Method||literature, lecture, conferences, online courses, multimedia, academic scholarship|
|President Žilvinas Šilėnas (2019-) |
Executive Vice President Richard N. Lorenc, Vice President of Programs and Strategic Operations Jason Riddle
(FYE March 2018)
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in the United States
FEE, founded in 1946, is considered the oldest free-market think tank in the United States. An early aim was to roll back policies of the New Deal. FEE opposed the Marshall Plan, Social Security and minimum wages, among other American social and economic policies.
Its founding by Leonard E. Read, Henry Hazlitt, David Goodrich, Donaldson Brown, Leo Wolman, Fred Rogers Fairchild, Claude E. Robinson, and Jasper Crane followed a capital campaign started in 1945 by Crane, who was a DuPont executive, and Alfred Kohlberg. Early contributors included J. Howard Pew, Inland Steel, Quaker Oats, and Sears.
Read served as president from 1946 until his death in 1983. Perry E. Gresham was an interim president in 1983. The presidency of FEE from 1983 to 1984 was held by John Sparks Sr., from 1984 to 1985 by Bob Love, from 1985 to 1988 by a series of acting presidents, then from 1988 to 1992 by Bruce Evans. After retiring from Grove City College where he taught economics, Hans Sennholz served as president from 1992 to 1997. Donald J. Boudreaux served as president from 1997 to 2001, before moving on to chair the Department of Economics at George Mason University. Economist Mark Skousen served as president from 2001 to 2002. Author and professor Richard Ebeling served as president from 2003 to 2008. From 2008 to 2019, the president was economist, author, and professor Lawrence W. Reed. Since 2019, Zilvinas Silvenas has served as the president of the FEE.
FEE first occupied two rooms in the Equitable Building in New York City in 1946. Soon after, the organization moved to the mansion on the Hillside estate in Irvington, New York, which Read purchased from Gordon Harris, a son of the president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The Foundation would remain there for 68 years. In 2014, FEE sold its Irvington headquarters as a part of the transfer of operations to Atlanta, Georgia.
Murray Rothbard was influenced by FEE economist Baldy Harper and credited FEE with creating a "crucial open center" for a libertarian movement. Friedrich Hayek saw FEE as part of the inspiration for the formation of the Mont Pelerin Society in 1947, and FEE also provided a financial subsidy to the society. Hayek encouraged Antony Fisher to found the Institute of Economic Affairs after visiting FEE in 1952. Ludwig von Mises had a "long-term association with the Foundation for Economic Education."
FEE offers a variety of programs for high school students, undergraduates, and graduate students. Since 1946 FEE has sponsored public lectures by figures including Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Milton Friedman, James M. Buchanan, Vernon Smith, Walter Williams, F.A. "Baldy" Harper, and William F. Buckley Jr.
The Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the unique professional and personal achievements of a FEE alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the cause of liberty. This is the highest honor given to a FEE alumnus or alumna. The award recipient is selected by their peers serving on the FEE Alumni Board. Award recipients for 2018 included Matt Kibbe, founder, president and chief community organizer of Free the People, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting libertarian ideals. Notable alumni include:[non-primary source needed]
- Clark Ruper, director of business and talent development at Conscious Capitalism
- Bob Ewing, director of communications training and strategy at the Mercatus Center
- Amanda Grimmett, community manager at the Convene Conference Centers
- Alex Chafuen, president of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation
- Ron Paul, author, physician and former Congressman
- Roger Ream, president of The Fund for American Studies
- Robert Sirico, founder of Acton Institute
- Edwin Feulner, founder and former president of the Heritage Foundation
- Dick Stephenson, founder and chairman of Cancer Treatment Centers of America
- Jack Kemp, former vice presidential candidate
- Charles Koch, chairman of Koch Industries
- Venkatesh Geriti, award-winning social entrepreneur
FEE publishes books, articles, and pamphlets both on paper and digitally that the foundation considers classic works on liberty. These include the notable publications I, Pencil: My Family Tree by Read, The Law by Bastiat, Anything That's Peaceful by Read, Planned Chaos by Mises, Industry-Wide Bargaining by Wolman, Up from Poverty: Reflections on the Ills of Public Assistance by Sennholz, and The Virtue of Liberty by Machan.[non-primary source needed]
As of 2018 the Foundation for Economic Education had assets of $8,186,066.
|Funding details as of 2018:||
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A year later, with the help of a few high-powered executives and intellectual conservatives, he established the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), in Irvington-on-Hudson, with the goal of reeducating Americans in classical liberalism.
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- of the New York Times
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- of General Motors Corporation
- of Columbia University
- of Yale University
- of Opinion Research Corporation
- of duPont
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- Spikes & Leone 2009, p. 26 " Hillside was sold in 1922 to Gordon Harris, a son of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad president. ... was purchased in 1946 by Leonard Read and remains the headquarters of Read's Foundation for Economic Education."; Dodsworth 1995; Phillips-Fein 2010 sfnm error: no target: CITEREFPhillips-Fein2010 (help).
- Farrell 2011 "In early May 2010, FEE opened a branch office in downtown Atlanta."; Olson 2014.
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- Mirowski & Plehwe 2009, p. 387:
Anthony Fisher, founded the Institute of Economic Affairs with Hayek's encouragement, following a visit to the Foundation for Economic Education in 1952.
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