John Locke Foundation

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John Locke Foundation
Founded 1990
Founder Art Pope
Type Think tank
Coordinates 35°46′48″N 78°38′31″W / 35.7800°N 78.6420°W / 35.7800; -78.6420Coordinates: 35°46′48″N 78°38′31″W / 35.7800°N 78.6420°W / 35.7800; -78.6420
Key people

John Hood, Chairman

Kory Swanson, President
Revenue: $3,370,975
Expenses: $3,700,408
(FYE June 2015)[1]

The John Locke Foundation (JLF) is a conservative think tank based in North Carolina.[2] The organization was founded in 1990 to work "for truth, for freedom, and for the future of North Carolina."[3][4] It is named after the philosopher John Locke, who was a primary contributor to classical liberalism. JLF was co-founded by Art Pope, a North Carolina businessman active in politics.[5] Pope's family foundation provides most of the support for the center.[6]

The organization's stated mission is to "employ research, journalism, and outreach programs to transform government through competition, innovation, personal freedom, and personal responsibility. JLF seeks a better balance between the public sector and private institutions of family, faith, community, and enterprise."[7]

The organization is concerned primarily with state and local issues. JLF advocates lowering taxes, and encouraging free markets. Kory Swanson is its current president. The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy was in its initial stages a project of the John Locke Foundation.


The John Locke Foundation's research staff regularly publishes scholarly articles and reports on topics such as budget and tax policy; regulatory, legal, and environmental policy; education policy; and county and local government, including transportation and land-use policies.[8] In 2015, JLF initiated the publication of an index of freedom, ranking each of the states in their relative freedom.[9][10]

According to North Carolina's WRAL news, John Locke Foundation staff are frequently quoted in news outlets across the state and appear as guests on public affairs programs, and columns by foundation staff appear in local newspapers.[3]

JLF has signed two letters to Congress urging an end to tax credits for wind power and natural gas-fueled vehicles.[11]

Every two years, JLF produces an agenda document that focuses on issues that JLF believes the North Carolina state and local governments must address.[12] The organization also publishes the Carolina Journal, a monthly publication, as well as and a weekly hour-long news program, Carolina Journal Radio.[13]


  1. ^ "Quickview data" (PDF). GuideStar.  See also "Charity Rating". Charity Navigator. 
  2. ^ McGrath, Gareth (November 20, 2014). "Hood stepping down as president of John Locke Foundation". Wilmington Star News. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "John Locke Foundation". WRAL. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Campbell, Colin (November 20, 2014). "John Locke Foundation's John Hood to lead John William Pope Foundation". The News & Observer. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "State for Sale". October 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ Miller, John J. (December 4, 2009). "The Fisherman's Friend". 
  7. ^ "About the John Locke Foundation". John Locke Foundation. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Designed and developed DesignHammer. "Research - John Locke Foundation". 
  9. ^ Tucille, J.D. (February 23, 2015). "Florida, the Freest State in the Country?". Reason. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Stoops, Terry (March 1, 2015). "High taxes, regulations make NY dead last in freedom". New York Post. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  11. ^ Abowd, Paul (October 22, 2012). "Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana". Center for Public Integrity. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ Kulba, Leslee (June 22, 2014). "Agenda 2014 Urges Realistic Economic Analysis". The Tribune. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  13. ^ Designed and developed DesignHammer. "About Carolina Journal". 

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