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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 bringing freedom as a life philosophy in the younger 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 is well positioned to advance education on all the fronts. The strategic combination of high-tech web structure and design, outstanding marketing, voluminous online publishing, vast reach, online learning, and in-person events enables us to recruit, cultivate, and stay in touch with new customers on a massive scale.

Please know that FEE is supported solely by contributions from individuals, private foundations, and businesses and by the sale of our publications. We welcome all investors in our work for a freer future. 

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


FEE's mission is to inspire, educate, and connect young adults 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.


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.



FEE produces nationwide seminarsclassroom resourcessocial media, free online courses, and engaging daily content at–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).



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 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).