Kettering Foundation

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Kettering Foundation
TypeFoundation (nonprofit)
HeadquartersDayton, OH, United States
President and CEO
Sharon L. Davies
Key people
  • John R. Dedrick
  • Maxine S. Thomas
Revenue (2015)
Expenses (2015)$21,989,459[1]

The Kettering Foundation is an American non-partisan research foundation founded in 1927 by Charles F. Kettering. The foundation publishes books and periodicals, employs research fellows, and organizes (through the National Issues Forums) public forums on policy in order to answer the question: "what does it take for democracy to work as it should?" [2] It is based in Dayton, Ohio.

The Kettering Foundation has played an active part in public policy, through for instance active support of the Dartmouth Conferences,[3]

The foundation's current president and CEO since April 2022 is Sharon L. Davies. She replaced [4] F. David Mathews[5][6] who presided over the foundation from 1981 to 2022. Notable board members have included Lisle Carter, Jr.[7]


The foundation publishes three periodicals:

  • Kettering Review, a journal on "subjects related to democracy, including the changing roles of the citizen, the press, public leadership, and public opinion."
  • The Higher Education Exchange, an annual publication intended as a forum about higher education for scholars and the general public.
  • Connections, an annual newsletter.


  1. ^ a b "Charles F. Kettering Foundation" (PDF). Foundation Center. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  2. ^ Pearce, W. Barnett; Stephen W. Littlejohn (1997). Moral conflict: when social worlds collide. SAGE. pp. 169–70. ISBN 978-0-7619-0053-5.
  3. ^ Voorhees, James (2002). Dialogue sustained: the multilevel peace process and the Dartmouth Conference. United States Institute of Peace. pp. 385–86. ISBN 978-1-929223-30-5.
  4. ^ Sirianni, Carmen; Lewis Friedland (2001). Civic innovation in America: community empowerment, public policy, and the movement for civic renewal. U of California P. p. 256. ISBN 978-0-520-22637-1.
  5. ^ "Reconnecting People and Politics". Washington Post. 1992-07-29.
  6. ^ "About the Foundation: Who We Are". Kettering Foundation. Archived from the original on 2009-10-10. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
  7. ^ Wiseman, Lauren (2009-09-26). "Leading HEW Official Became First to Guide UDC". Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-10-16.

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