On September 26, 1994, the Sutherland Institute was incorporated. On May 22, 1995, the Institute was granted tax-exempt status and began formal operations.
In the years since, the Institute has established a presence in Utah politics and law. It is a force for good. And though the words have changed with time, the Institute’s Mission Statement has retained the same ideals as when Sutherland was founded by Gaylord Swim.
Sutherland’s objective has been, and forever will be, to influence public policy in Utah according to enduring principles such as private initiative, self-reliance, and family. The Institute seeks to influence law and society, and provide an effective vehicle for fellow Utahns to influence public policy as well.
Sutherland’s message is transcendent: RISE above politics as usual. STAND for something good. TRUST in family and community to solve problems. LOOK for lasting solutions, not simply zero-sum results. The Institute’s message is inclusive and pluralistic, meaning that Sutherland will find value in the differing opinions of others if value is to be found.