Who We Are

About Us

Serving the region as a catalyst, convener, innovator, connector, and champion.

Heartland Foundation is a “think ahead” organization focused on uplifting the value of lifelong learning and community involvement as the key indicators to healthy and prosperous individuals, families, organizations, neighborhoods, communities, and regions. What we believe drives our daily mission activity towards our vision of inspiring people worldwide to build healthy and thriving communities


Inspiring people worldwide to build healthy and thriving communities.


Champion education and empower people.


Heartland Foundation’s purpose is to share the beliefs that:

  • Each of us is progress, each of us is potential, each of us is possibility.
  • Thriving, resilient, and sustainable communities are made up of citizens serving each other and working together for the greater good.
  • Citizens with higher levels of education are proven to be physically, emotionally, and financially healthier individuals.
  • Youth and adults who are empowered to affect positive change can make a real difference in whether a community declines or thrives.
  • Education is where empowerment begins and a commitment to lifelong learning is how it extends to ensure each generation carries our ever-evolving democracy forward.


Loving our youth, communities, and region.


  • Integrity, Accountability, and Ethical Conduct
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness
  • Community, Regional, and National Partnerships
  • Innovation
  • Possibility Thinking
  • Asset Building
  • Empowerment

2020 Strategic Plan Goals

Strategy 1: Be a national leader in catalyzing communities to address the root causes of society’s challenges in new and innovative ways.

Strategy 2: Ignite a movement leading to prepared and educated citizens of all ages committed to lifelong learning, civic engagement, and thriving communities.

Strategy 3: Commit to operational excellence.

Strategy 4: Steward financial resources and secure diverse income streams to expand our resources.

Heartland Foundation continues to drive for results that matter and strives to be an effective “for purpose” organization as a 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity.

Strategic plan approved by Heartland Foundation Board of Trustees June 26, 2013 and renewed in June 2014 and June 2015.