Institute for American Values

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Institute for American Values
Logo Institute for American Values.png
Motto "Renew civil society"
Established 1988
President David Blankenhorn
Budget Revenue: $400,699
Expenses: $680,042
(FYE February 2016)[1]
Address 420 Lexington Avenue, Room 1706
New York, NY 10170

The Institute for American Values is a New York City think tank focusing on family and social issues.[2][3][4]

The Institute’s mission is “to study and strengthen civil society.” Within the focus on civil society, the institute’s current priorities are marriage, thrift, and public conversation.


Its president is David Blankenhorn.[5][6] It has influenced both liberal and conservative politicians.[3] It has been critical of divorce and out-of-wedlock childbirth.[7] It supports fathers' rights.[8] It helped shape the family ideology of the Clinton administration.[9] The organization, as a whole, seems to take a moderate position on gay rights issues, although Blankenhorn signed a petition in 2014 called "Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent".[10] It interpreted the September 11 attacks as an attack on American values.[11] It has been supported by Philip Anschutz.[12]


  • Marriage in America: A Report to the Nation (1995)
  • The Marriage Movement: A Statement of Principles (2000)


  1. ^ "Institute for American Values" (PDF). Foundation Center. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Chuck Stetson, Creating the Better Hour: Lessons from William Wilberforce, Stroud & Hall Publishers, 2007, p. 271 [1]
  3. ^ a b Don S. Browning, Marriage and modernization: how globalization threatens marriage and what to do about it, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2003, p. 189 [2]
  4. ^ Institute for American Values mission
  5. ^ Mark Oppenheimer, "In Shift, David Blankenhorn Enlists Same-Sex Couples in a Pro-Marriage Coalition," New York Times, January 29, 2013 [3]
  6. ^ Gill Jagger, Caroline Wright, Changing family values, Routledge, 1999, p. 186 [4]
  7. ^ Michael B. Katz, Mark J. Stern, One Nation Divisible: What America Was and What It Is Becoming, Russell Sage Foundation, 2008, p. 199 [5]
  8. ^ Peter G. Jaffe, Protecting children from domestic violence: strategies for community intervention, Guilford Press, 2004, p. 125 [6]
  9. ^ Roger N. Lancaster, Micaela Di Leonardo, The gender/sexuality reader: culture, history, political economy, Routledge, 1997, p. 454 [7]
  10. ^
  11. ^ Jan Hancock, Human rights and US foreign policy, Routledge, 2007, p. 88 [8]
  12. ^ Randy Krehbiel, 'Colorado billionaire Philip Anschutz buys The Oklahoman, OPUBCO', in Tulsa World, 9/16/2011 [9]

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