About the Foundation for Economic Education

FEE has been a leading non-profit organization in teaching the principles of a free society since its founding in 1946 by Leonard E. Read. Today, FEE focuses on introducing freedom as a life philosophy to newcomers in the youth audience, striving to bring about a world in which the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society are familiar and credible to the rising generation. FEE produces student seminars, free online courses, classroom resources, and engaging classic and contemporary content available at FEE.org and on social media. FEE is supported solely by contributions from individuals, private foundations, and businesses and by the sale of our publications.

"The Foundation for Economic Education is committed to nothing more nor less than the defense of our civilization against intellectual error." -F.A. Hayek, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics

Mission

FEE's mission is inspire, educate, and connect young adults, ages 14-26, with the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society.

These principles include individual liberty, free-market economics, entrepreneurship, private property, high moral character, and limited government.

Vision

FEE envisions a world where the ideas of liberty are familiar and credible to the rising generation.

We believe that the free society is the only social arrangement compatible with the humane values and ethical principles of the vast majority of people, particularly those held by members of the rising generation.

 

Programs

FEE produces nationwide seminarsclassroom resourcessocial media, free online courses, and engaging daily content at FEE.org–all educating on the ideas of a free society. Additionally, FEE supports and connects our alumni through the FEE Alumni Network, provides professional development opportunities through internships and networking, and recognizes our most extraordinary alumni leaders with the annual Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award.

Review FEE's latest results in our 2015 Annual Report (PDF) and our 2016 Mid-Year Report (PDF).

 

History

FEE, the first free-market organization in the United States, was founded in 1946 by Leonard E. Read to study and advance the freedom philosophy. FEE has published or hosted lectures by some of the finest minds of the modern age, including Ludwig von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Milton Friedman, James Buchanan, Vernon Smith, Israel Kirzner, Walter Williams, George Stigler, Frank Chodorov, John Chamberlain, F.A. “Baldy” Harper, and William F. Buckley, Jr., among many others.

You can learn more about the history of FEE in this wonderful collection of remarks by former New York Times editorial board member and founding FEE trustee Henry Hazlitt.

You may view images of our wonderful Midtown, Atlanta offices here.

We hope you will explore FEE.org as you begin your intellectual journey into the ideas of liberty. If you have any questions, reach us at [email protected].

FEE is a non-political, non-profit, tax-exempt educational foundation and accepts no taxpayer money. FEE is supported solely by contributions from private individuals, foundations, and businesses and by the sale of our publications. FEE is proud to adhere to the strictest of standards in financial and programmatic transparency, earning the highest ratings from both Charity Navigator (four stars) and GuideStar (Gold). 

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