The Kettering Foundation
is an American non-partisan research foundation founded in 1927 by Charles F. Kettering. The foundation publishes books and periodicals, employs research fellows, and organizes (through the National Issues Forums
National Issue Forums , is a US “non partisan, nationwide network of organizations and individuals who sponsor public forums and training institutions for public deliberation.” Everyday citizens get to deliberate on various issues through NIF forums. Some of the issues discussed include civil...
) public forums on policy in order to answer the question: "what does it take for democracy to work as it should?" It is based in Dayton, Ohio
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The Kettering Foundation has played an active part in public policy, through for instance active support of the Dartmouth Conferences
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The foundation's current president, since 1981, is F. David Mathews
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; notable board members have included Lisle Carter, Jr
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The foundation publishes three periodicals:
- Kettering Review, a journal on "subjects related to democracy, including the changing roles of the citizen, the press, public leadership, and public opinion."
- The Higher Education Exchange, an annual publication intended as a forum about higher education for scholars and the general public.
- Connections, an annual newsletter.