Roosevelt Institute

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The Roosevelt Institute
Roosevelt Institute Logo.jpg
Motto Carrying forward the legacy and values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Established 1987
Chairman William vanden Heuvel[1]
President & CEO Felicia Wong
Budget $5,379,955 (2013)[2]
Location New York, NY
Address

570 Lexington Ave., 18th floor

New York, NY 10022
Website www.rooseveltinstitute.org

The Roosevelt Institute is a liberal American think tank.[3] According to the organization, it exists "to carry forward the legacy and values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by developing progressive ideas and bold leadership in the service of restoring America’s promise of opportunity for all."[4] It is headquartered in New York, New York.[5]

History and overview[edit]

Four Freedoms Wall, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial
Four Freedoms Wall in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, D.C.

The Roosevelt Institute was initially created in 1987 through the merger of the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Foundation.[6]

In 2007, the Roosevelt Institute merged with the Roosevelt Institution, now known as the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network.[7] It remains the non-profit partner to the government-run Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the nation's first presidential library. In 2009, it expanded its mission with the launch of the Four Freedoms Center, a progressive policy think tank, and an economic policy blog.

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, November 1935
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, November 1935.

Felicia Wong, formerly of the Democracy Alliance, became the organization's President and CEO in March 2012.[8] In 2015, the Roosevelt Institute was added to the Democracy Alliance's list of recommended funding targets.[9] Other donors to the Roosevelt Institute include the Ford Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Bauman Foundation.[10]

Activities[edit]

Joseph Stiglitz is the Roosevelt Institute's chief economist. In 2015, a report authored by Stiglitz offered an indictment of 35 years of U.S. economic policies. The report was expected to influence the economic agenda of Hillary Clinton, whose economic team has ties to the Roosevelt Institute.[3][11] Elizabeth Warren and Bill deBlasio joined Stiglitz at the press conference to announce the report.[12][13] The 37 policy recommendations in the Stiglitz report include progressive taxation and an expansion of government programs.[14]

Time called the Stiglitz report "a roadmap for what many progressives would like to see happen policy wise over the next four years."[15] According to the Washington Post, the Institute's plan is "firmly rooted in the conviction that more government can solve most of America's economic challenges. It is a plan seemingly designed to rally liberals, enrage free-market economists and push a certain presumptive presidential nominee to the left."[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whelan, Robbie (June 4, 2012). "Roosevelt Rises, at Last". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "IRS Form 990 2013" (PDF). GuideStar. Internal Revenue Service. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Chozick, Amy (May 12, 2015). "Report by Clinton Adviser Proposes ‘Rewriting’ Decades of Economic Policy". New York Times. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "About Us". Roosevelt Institute. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Ahsan, Naomi; Morris, Jessica (February 20, 2013). "Roosevelt Institute Campus Network Offers Summer Opportunities for Student Organizers". The Nation. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Hoffman Beasley, Maurine; Cowan Shulman, Holly; Beasley, Henry (2001). The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 337. ISBN 9780313301810. 
  7. ^ Payne, Erica (2008). Practical Progressive: How to Build a 21st Century Political Movement. Public Affairs. p. 286. ISBN 9781586487195. 
  8. ^ "Roosevelt Institute Names Felicia Wong New President & CEO". Roosevelt Institute. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Gold, Matea (April 12, 2015). "Wealthy donors on left launch new plan to wrest back control in the states". Washington Post. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Lederman, Diane (February 5, 2015). "Amherst College's Roosevelt Institute to share in $750,000 MacArthur Award". MassLive. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  11. ^ Chozick, Amy (May 11, 2015). "Middle Class Is Disappearing, at Least From Vocabulary of Possible 2016 Contenders". New York Times. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  12. ^ Rosenfeld, Steven (May 16, 2015). "37 ways to un-rig the U.S. economy so it no longer favors the rich". Salon. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Tankersley, Jim (May 12, 2015). "Liberals have a new manifesto for fighting inequality, and it’s very liberal". Washington Post. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  14. ^ Domitrovic, Brian (May 30, 2015). "Hillary Will Run Against The 1980s -- What Were The 1980s Again?". Forbes. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  15. ^ Foroohar, Rana (May 12, 2015). "Here’s the Secret Truth About Economic Inequality in America". TIME. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 

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