The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research is an influential conservative think-tank whose mission is to “develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility.” The Institute has traditionally pegged itself in the center-right and has been referred to as the “fiscally conservative, culturally agnostic wing of the [Republican] party.” The group was most influential during Rudy Giuliani’s reign as mayor of New York City, when it backed charter schools, challenged rent control, and popularized the “broken windows” approach to policing. Giuliani later joked that his administration “plagiarized most of [their political programs], if not all of them, from the pages of the City Journal and from the thinking and analysis of the Manhattan Institute.”

The think tank, originally known as the International Center for Economic Policy Studies, was founded in 1978 by Antony Fisher and William Casey. Fisher, a British economist, founded several other large think tanks, including the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Canada’s Fraser Institute, and the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs was called the “single most important person in the development of Thatcherism” by economist Milton Friedman. Casey, a lawyer and Republican operative, later served as Director of Central Intelligence under Ronald Reagan (as well as Reagan’s campaign director during the 1980 election).

Despite its moderate reputation, the Manhattan Institute has often taken a hawkish view on foreign policy issues and has hosted several neoconservative thinkers and writers, including, David Frum, Judith Miller and Bill Kristol, publisher of the Weekly Standard, who sits on the group’s board. In 2002, then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice made the Bush administration’s case for attacking Iraq at a speech hosted by the Manhattan Institute. In 2006. Vice President Dick Cheney delivered another speech before the group, this one defending the disastrous war in Iraq.

The group’s funders include the John M. Olin Foundation (contributed $6,774,500 since 1985), the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation ($5,781,560 since 1986), the Sarah Scaife Foundation ($4,615,000 since 1985), the Searle Freedom Trust ($3,486,000 since 2001), and the Smith Richardson Foundation ($2,797,977 since 1999). The Conservative Transparency database includes grants totaling $40,937,087 to the Manhattan Institute.


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Grants In
Grants Out
Total Expenses
12013$16,549,883$13,559,374$13,085,748$920,781$14,284,045View 990
22012$15,816,382$14,873,971$14,069,874$1,053,723$13,417,313View 990
32011$13,234,744$11,509,408$11,335,605$960,039$12,415,804View 990
42010$13,990,281$6,128,425$5,607,838$784,932$8,352,484View 990
52009$16,083,945$10,527,178$11,868,502$1,338,259$11,807,541View 990
62008$13,789,778$9,741,804$11,110,477$1,979,958$13,392,306View 990
72007$21,264,382$12,603,779$10,064,776$1,557,497$12,374,909View 990
82006$20,399,574$12,593,168$10,798,176$1,208,637$11,661,775View 990
92005$18,973,623$13,296,150$12,108,063$1,202,917$10,083,160View 990
102004$14,411,448$13,876,700$12,526,737$1,146,554$9,209,111View 990
112003$8,712,147$10,770,786$9,500,758$1,031,948$8,328,711View 990
122002$6,450,365$8,793,516$7,542,290$860,541$8,027,287View 990

669 transactions on record as a recipient.

Ordered By: Year (Newer to Older)

1Charles G. Koch Charitable FoundationManhattan Institute for Policy Research$155,0002014+
2Charles G. Koch Charitable FoundationManhattan Institute for Policy Research$11,3002014+
3Holman FoundationManhattan Institute for Policy Research$15,0002014+
4DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$10,0002014+
5DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$10,0002014+
6DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$1,0002014+
7DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$5,0002014+
8DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$5,0002014+
9DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$25,0002014+
10DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$10,0002014+
11DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$1,0002014+
12DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$1,0002014+
13DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$10,0002014+
14DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$10,0002013+
15DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$2,0002013+
16DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$1,0002013+
17DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$20,0002013+
18DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$2,5002013+
19DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$25,0002013+
20DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$12,0002013+
21DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$5,0002013+
22DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$10,0002013+
23DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$10,0002013+
24DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$5,0002013+
25DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$5,0002013+
26DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$10,0002013+
27The Weiler FoundationManhattan Institute for Policy Research$2,5002013+
28Pierre F. and Enid Goodrich FoundationManhattan Institute for Policy Research$20,0002013+
29John William Pope FoundationManhattan Institute for Policy Research$25,0002013+
30The Robertson-Finley FoundationManhattan Institute for Policy Research$4,0002013+
31John M. Olin FoundationManhattan Institute for Policy Research$5,0002013+
32Donors Capital FundManhattan Institute for Policy Research$25,0002013+
33Charles G. Koch Charitable FoundationManhattan Institute for Policy Research$198,0002013+
34The Lynde and Harry Bradley FoundationManhattan Institute for Policy Research$60,0002013+
35The Lynde and Harry Bradley FoundationManhattan Institute for Policy Research$56,2502013+
36The Lynde and Harry Bradley FoundationManhattan Institute for Policy Research$56,2502013+
37The Lynde and Harry Bradley FoundationManhattan Institute for Policy Research$56,2502013+
38The Lynde and Harry Bradley FoundationManhattan Institute for Policy Research$56,2502013+
39The Lynde and Harry Bradley FoundationManhattan Institute for Policy Research$10,0002013+
40DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$10,0002012+
41DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$2,2502012+
42DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$5,0002012+
43DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$5,0002012+
44DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$10,0002012+
45DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$30,0002012+
46DonorsTrustManhattan Institute for Policy Research$10,0002012+
47State Policy NetworkManhattan Institute for Policy Research$30,0002012+
48Paul E. Singer FoundationManhattan Institute for Policy Research$600,0002012+
49JM FoundationManhattan Institute for Policy Research$50,0002012+
50Pierre F. and Enid Goodrich FoundationManhattan Institute for Policy Research$20,0002012+
The transactions in Conservative Transparency are based on information reported by the donors and exclude 'dark money' raised by the recipients from unknown donors that are not in the database. For more information about our methodology, visit our about page.