About Us

ITR Foundation (formerly TEF Iowa) is not your traditional public policy think tank. Our goal is to ensure every Iowan can achieve the American dream by fostering:

  • A pro-growth tax code.
  • A friendly business climate.
  • An education system that prepares responsible leaders and citizens for the workforce.


Let’s be honest, big government is big bureaucracy, and common sense tells us big bureaucracy is ineffective. Iowans only must look to our neighbors in Illinois to see firsthand how tax and spend policies do more harm than good.

ITR Foundation believes the principles of the American Founding, limited government, free enterprise, and the rule of law, are just as relevant today as they were 240 years ago. By applying these principles to public policy, we can ensure all Iowans will have the opportunity to succeed.

John Adams had it right when he said, “Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.”  Through policy research and educational initiatives, we provide all Iowans with the ideas and knowledge to help them become better-informed citizens. ITR Foundation's freedom agenda works to advance liberty today and for future generations.