What’s in a Think Tank Name?

What's in a Think Tank Name?A think tank is primarily a non-profit organization that advocates for and does research on a particular position.

Some think tank names are good at describing what the organization is all about. For instance, the National Bureau of Asian Research probably has something to do with Asia. And research.

The following institutes and foundations may or may not be deceptive in what they do, but – if you’re not familiar with the name already – can you figure out what they do from their name alone? Click to go to their web page and see if you guessed correctly.

  • American Ditchley Foundation
  • American Family Foundation
  • Rand Arroyo Center
  • Atlantic Council of the United States
  • Aspen Institute / Aspen Strategy Group
  • Brookings Institution
  • Business Council
  • Capital Research Center
  • Cato Institute
  • Center for American Progress
  • Center for The 21st Century
  • Century Foundation
  • Commonwealth Institute
  • Concord Coalition
  • Conference Board
  • Freedom Forum
  • Freedom House
  • Frontiers of Freedom
  • Heartland Institute
  • Heritage Foundation
  • Independent Institute
  • Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Institute for Contemporary Studies
  • Inter-American Dialogue
  • Joint Center
  • National Democratic Institute
  • New America Foundation
  • New World Foundation
  • Pacific Institute
  • Pacific Research Institute
  • People for the American Way
  • Project for the New American Century
  • Reason Foundation
  • Rocky Mountain Institute


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