About

The Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives, commonly known as the Commonwealth Foundation or CF, is Pennsylvania’s free-market think tank.

Our mission is simple: CF transforms free-market ideas into public policies so all Pennsylvanians can flourish.

On both sides of the aisle, CF has earned the praise of leaders in Pennsylvania politics and policy:

  • “The Commonwealth Foundation is the leading organization in Pennsylvania that champions free markets and limited government.  No public policy group in the state is more effective at advancing the common sense reforms that our state so desperately needs.” U.S. Senator Pat Toomey
  • “The Commonwealth Foundation does fantastic work that helps Pennsylvanians of all political parties and persuasions. They were key in helping my family do what I thought beforehand was impossible—enacting real corrections reform in 2012—and I am excited about their agenda going forward.” Former Governor George Leader

Policy Regarding the Independence of Research and Educational Activities of the Commonwealth Foundation

The Commonwealth Foundation is committed to the highest standards of academic quality and credibility for our research procedures and products.  While the credibility of the research any organization produces should stand on the quality and reliability of that research alone, more is often necessary. Commonwealth Foundation strictly adheres to the following policies:

Guarantee of Quality Scholarship

The Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives is dedicated to providing the highest quality and most dependable research on public policy issues in the Keystone State. To this end, the Commonwealth Foundation guarantees that all statements of fact presented in our publications are verifiable, and information attributed to other sources is accurately represented.

Committed to providing Pennsylvanians with reliable information, the Commonwealth Foundation welcomes critical review of its work. If the accuracy of our research is questioned and brought to the Foundation's attention with supporting evidence in writing, the Foundation will respond. If an error exists, the Commonwealth Foundation will issue an errata sheet that will accompany all subsequent distributions of the publication, which constitutes the complete and final remedy under this guarantee.

For additional information or questions on this policy, contact us at 717.671.1901 or via email.

Independent Research & Activities

The Commonwealth Foundation engages in research and educational activities that advance the mission of the organization.  This includes research and educational activities that may run counter to the interests of organizations and individuals that provide financial support to Commonwealth Foundation.

Conditions for Financial Support

Commonwealth Foundation accepts financial support from individuals, foundations, and businesses for research and educational activities that support its mission, endeavoring to maintain a broad and diverse base of support.  All Commonwealth Foundation work product has to be capable of withstanding rigorous peer review of its quality and reliability.  Therefore, Commonwealth Foundation financial supporters do not control the research design, methodology, analysis, or findings of Commonwealth Foundation research projects, nor do they have control over the content of educational programs.  Offers of financial support predicated on such expectations are not accepted.

The following paragraph will be furnished to all organizations that provide or are considering providing Commonwealth Foundation with financial support, to ensure that supporters understand our commitment to independent research and education:

The Commonwealth Foundation is committed to the highest standards of academic quality and credibility, and to ensuring that our work stands up to rigorous peer review and public criticism.  Our scholars and staff independently pursue a research agenda and educational activities that advance the mission of the Commonwealth Foundation.  We do not engage in research or educational activities that are directed in any way by our financial supporters.  The entire "Policy Regarding the Independence of Research and Educational Activities of the Commonwealth Foundation" can be viewed at CommonwealthFoundation.org.