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    Scouting for Food: The Irreplaceable Troops of Our Civil Society

    The Government-as-Caretaker State got a regrettable boost this week. But that hasn’t put a stop to the demonstrations of why civil society is so important to this country’s past and future. This weekend, with Thanksgiving approaching, Boy Scouts will visit neighborhoods throughout the nation. They will collect a bounty of … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Americans Take to the Polls on Marriage and Life

    Whatever the outcome of today’s elections, Americans can be sure of nonstop electoral analysis and number crunching from pundits and pollsters for at least the next few weeks. Charts and maps and graphs will plot who voted and how they cast their ballots. If past data is any indication, however, … More

    WATCH: Lunch with Heritage Google Hangout on the "War on Women"

    Our weekly “Lunch with Heritage” chats have grown over the past two years into a vibrant discussion of policy issues. Today we’re introducing a new way for you to engage with us by making them Google Hangouts. They will still be every Friday at noon ET. Adding a video element … More

    How to Cure Poverty in America (VIDEO)

    Just last month, the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that the poverty rate has not changed significantly since the previous year: 46.2 million, or roughly 15 percent, of Americans are defined as “poor.” While poverty in the United States is not the destitution and depravation most people think of when they … More

    Family Fact of the Week for Hurricane Sandy: Religion Promotes Volunteering, Charitable Giving

    Hurricane Sandy dealt widespread destruction to multiple cities across the East Coast this week. The storm—cited as the largest in generations—took numerous lives and left in its wake heart-rending scenes of demolished homes and flooded city streets. In the aftermath of the devastation, many faith-based and community organizations have wasted … More

    A New Anti-Poverty Agenda: Better Future for At-Risk Youths

    A key component to effectively address poverty is recognizing and reducing barriers to the work of neighborhood organizations that are the lifeblood of our nation’s civil society. The Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE), led by Bob Woodson, recognizes and supports a nationwide network of thousands of grassroots leaders, whose impassioned … More

    CHART: Paul Ryan Lays Out a Vision for Reforming Welfare, Fighting Poverty

    In his speech today at Cleveland State University, Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) laid out a vision for reforming the nation’s approach to poverty. “With few exceptions, government’s approach has been to spend lots of money on centralized, bureaucratic, top-down anti-poverty programs,” Ryan stated. “The mindset behind this approach is that … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Fathers' Involvement Helps Teens Delay Sexual Activity

    A new study published in the journal Pediatrics adds to a body of research showing the importance of fathers in protecting children against negative outcomes, from lower academic achievement to poverty. The study found that teens who have close emotional relationships with their fathers are more likely to put off … More

    Guest Post: State Legislators Unite to Defend American Religious Freedom

    Last Tuesday, a bipartisan group of more than 120 legislators in nine states announced the formation of the nation’s first state religious freedom caucuses. The announcement comes amid increasing evidence that social hostility and government restrictions against religion are on the rise in the United States, an observation underscored by … More

    Must-Read Research: Obama Gutting Welfare Reform, Setting Spending Records

    Welfare spending is at a staggering, all-time high. A new government report confirms that the U.S. now spends roughly $1 trillion a year on what has become a behemoth welfare system consisting of more than 80 federal programs. Robert Rector explains more in congressional testimony from earlier this year: “Examining … More