Fund for American Studies

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The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) "has been educating young leaders on the values of freedom, democracy and free-market economies since 1967. Nine institutes around the world bring college students together for educational programs engaging them in a rigorous examination of economic concepts, political systems and moral philosophy. Our goal is to prepare young people for honorable leadership by educating them in the theory, practice and benefits of a free society." [1]

The Fund for American Studies is an "associate" member of the State Policy Network, a web of right-wing “think tanks” in every state across the country.[1]


  • Ex Officio Member - Roger R. Ream

President, The Fund for American Studies Washington, D.C.

Trustee Emeriti

  • Hon. Robin Beard - Former Member of Congress, Isle of Palms, S.C.
  • Hon. Don Cogman - Chairman, CC Investments, Scottsdale, Ariz
  • Hon. Philip M. Crane - Former Member of Congress, Leesburg, Va.
  • Hon. Mitch Daniels - Governor, State of Indiana, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Hon. Paula J. Dobriansky - Under Secretary of State for Democracy & Global Affairs, U.S. State Department, Washington, D.C.
  • Neal Freeman - Chairman, Blackwell Corporation, York, Maine
  • George Lawrence - President, Lawrence Properties, Former President, The Fund for American Studies, Vero Beach, Fla.
  • Hon. Peter McPherson - President, National Association of State, Universities & Land Grant Colleges, Washington, D.C.
  • Thomas L. Phillips - Eagle Publishing, Inc., Washington, D.C.
  • Hon. Don Sundquist - Former Governor, State of Tennessee, Former Member of Congress, Townsend, Tenn.


Academic Council

"[E]stablished in 1999 to garner additional involvement in TFAS programs from university professors in and outside of the U.S."



    • State Policy Network, Directory, State Policy Network, 2016.