Institute for American Values

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The Four Sisters-funded Institute for American Values "founded in 1987, is a private, nonpartisan organization devoted to contributing intellectually to the renewal of marriage and family life and the sources of competence, character, and citizenship. Accordingly, Institute activities are more than debates about policy - they are also conversations about culture and explorations of the American idea."[1]



"Through its an annual budget of about $1,000,000, financed primarily by tax-deductible contributions from foundations and individuals and the sale of publications, it is able to support a staff of nine, five of whom provide central staff support and four of whom are affiliate scholars. The Institute's affiliate scholars - Enola Aird, Maggie Gallagher, Elizabeth Marquardt, and Kathleen Kovner Kline - work in regional or home offices on projects concerning motherhood, marriage, the effects of divorce on children, and civil society." [2]

Between 2001 and 2010, the Institute received $2.5 million from the conservative Bradley Foundation[3].

Directors (2008)

Accessed October 2008: [4]


  • Arthur E. Rasmussen, former Chairman and CEO, Household International Corp.; Lifetime Trustee, University of Chicago

Contact, References and Resources


Institute for American Values
1841 Broadway, Suite 211
New York, NY 10023
Tel: (212) 246-3942
Fax: (212) 541-6665



  1. [1]
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  3. Daniel Bice, Bill Glauber, Ben Poston. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. November 28, 2011.
  4. Directors, Institute for American Values, accessed October 13, 2008.