The Plymouth Institute was chartered in Pennsylvania in 1978. It is an independent nonprofit tax-exempt organization and recognized by the U.S. government as a 501(c)(3) charitable institution.

Our mission is to bring unbiased interdisciplinary perspectives and analytical methods to bear on difficult to solve challenges, to develop and evaluate practical and sustainable solutions, and to publish our findings in support of the public interest.

The institute’s underlying philosophy is a problem solving rather than academic orientation. Nor does it espouse any specific political philosophy. It has neither a radical, liberal, middle-of-the road, nor conservative bias, but deals with each problem, issue, and priority on its own merits. It serves as a catalyst for constructive change by evaluating deficient institutions and practices, both public and private, and examining unmet human needs. It sometimes collaborates with other institutions on a project basis and, in addition, has long-term affiliations with other organizations. Its greatest successes have come from stimulating change at the grass roots level, not simply encouraging reform of institutions or government agencies.

Institute staff and associates have published hundreds of articles and books and are acknowledged experts and leaders in their fields. They have a rich, varied, and extensive national and international experience and accomplishments in diverse areas such as:

  • Public food assistance policy
  • FDA reforms
  • Smart growth and affordable housing
  • Problems of the aged
  • Consumer protection
  • Education
  • Care of the mentally and physically handicapped
  • Science and the criminal justice system
  • Privatization of government health services
  • Precise communication across numerous language and cultural barriers

The Plymouth Institute is funded through foundation grants, government contracts and grants, as well as individual gifts and bequests. While it does not receive, evaluate or support external proposals, it may, in exceptional cases, provide an institutional framework for appropriate studies or activities funded by third parties that require a responsible non-profit fiduciary.

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