About the Institute

Founded in 2014, the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy is a 501c(3) non-profit dedicated to the research, development, and communication of effective, conservative public policies in West Virginia. The Cardinal Institute is headquartered in Charleston and is positioned to be a leading voice of free market and conservative policy research in the capital and throughout the state.

One of the greatest things about the American system of government and our 50 states is that each state is its own incubator for ideas.  We have so many different examples of what works and what doesn’t.  Those examples provide us real life results that we can use to determine what will have the greatest chance of success here in West Virginia.

Through effective research and communications, we provide the necessary data and analysis to lay the groundwork as we enter a new chapter in our state’s history.