The Sutherland Dream is that we will promote principled patterns for governing and implement public policies that will be the envy of, and set a standard for, the nation.

From Utah’s laboratory of democracy, Sutherland Institute will sound the certain trumpet out to the country: the call of proven principles and effective policies. At the same time, we will provide a window in for all to see a Philadelphia vision in action.

Sutherland Institute is pursuing the path to “A New Birth of Freedom” for America through:

  • A free market economy
  • Civil society
  • Community-driven solutions.

Thought leadership, compelling research and strategic communication will enable Sutherland Institute to passionately promote and defend:

  • Empowering Principles
  • Elevated Dialogue
  • Enlightened Public Policy
  • Engaged Citizens

Coming Soon:

2017 Year In Review

2017 was another momentous year in the 23-year history of Sutherland as the Institute defended important freedoms including local control, limited government and innovations in education. We began 2018 by welcoming new president and CEO Rick B. Larsen. Guided by the vision of Sutherland founder Gaylord Swim, Rick and the staff are energetically pursuing principled public policy and this generation’s New Birth of Freedom.

For a nation facing divisive and complex issues, think tanks are more important than ever before.  Sutherland has earned the trust of legislators and citizens by demonstrating how to design sound conservative policy while delivering a message of inclusion and civility. Clear communication – effective policy – proven principles: these are the elements necessary to empower communities and strengthen our nation.

The Sutherland Vision

Boston to Philadelphia

The original Boston Tea Party was really nothing more than a protest against the kind of government the colonists did not want. (A big oppressive government that taxed them too much, regulated too aggressively, and was much too intrusive in their lives. Sound familiar?) So they protested.
But had those early patriots stopped at just protesting against the kind of government they did not want, the Boston Tea Party would not have been even a footnote in history. It would have been just one more angry mob protesting against a big oppressive government.
Fortunately for all of us, the founders of this nation pressed forward from Boston – and their protest against the government they didn’t want – all the way to Philadelphia, where in 1787 they created, in the Constitution, the kind of government they did want.


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