The Howard Center is a non-profit research center located in Rockford, Illinois.
We believe that the natural family is the fundamental unit of society and
we focus on research and analysis on the meaning of that claim.
Howard Center’s purpose is to provide research and understanding that
demonstrate and affirm family and religion as the foundation of a virtuous and
Are you affiliated with
any particular religion, organization, or political group?
How long have you been in
legacy goes back to 1976 when Rockford College President John A. Howard founded
the Rockford College Institute. When Dr. Howard left Rockford College a year or two later he changed the name of the
organization to The Rockford Institute. In October 1997, Dr. Howard and then-Rockford Institute President Allan C. Carlson
separated from The Rockford Institute to form The Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society.
Who runs The Howard
president of The Howard Center is Allan C. Carlson,
Ph.D. A short biography of
Dr. Carlson is available in the "people"
section of our web site.
Howard Center is governed by a 14-person Board of Directors and is encouraged by
a 40-person Board of Advisors.
How big is your staff?
staff is comprised of five
full-time employees and two part-time employees, as well as several associates
whose services we contract. We
enjoy being a small, close-knit organization.
Who serves on the Board
Marlin, Philadelphia, PA
Warren Rothwell, Naples, FL (Vice
Andrews, Chicago, IL
Calhoun, Charleston, WV
Allan C. Carlson, Rockford, IL
Dannemeyer, Fullerton, CA
Paul Logli, Rockford, IL
Norman McClelland, Phoenix, AZ
Peterson, Rockford, IL
Rosenberg, Chicago, IL
Tew, Las Vegas, NV
Paul Vitz, Arlington, VA
Ellen Hill, Honorary Member, Rockford, IL
Oaks, Honorary Member, Salt Lake City, UT
Is The Howard Center tax
Do you have members?
A membership to The Howard Center is
What benefit is derived
Actually, there are many. The first is knowing that you are supporting an unconventional leader in pro-family public
policy. Our many other benefits are described in detail at the
“To Join” section of our web site.
Of course, all donations are tax-deductible.
What makes The Howard
Center different from other “pro-family” organizations?
We are small.
We have no bureaucracy to get in the way of substantive work.
We do not solicit or accept
government grants or funding.
We do not “direct mail” or
otherwise bother people incessantly for financial support.
Our overhead is very low which
means that every dollar donated is used most effectively.
We are not an “advocacy” group;
we do not lobby institutions; we help people to help themselves.
Our research is broad-based,
crossing many academic disciplines.
We are a “primary source”
organization; frontline pro-family organizations and people seek useful and
relevant information from us.
We believe truly that the natural
family is the fundamental unit of society, not the individual, not the state,
not the church, and not the corporation.
What are some of The
Howard Center’s specific projects?
Our largest project, in both time and money, has been the
World Congress of Families
. We also
publish The Family in America,
New Research and The Religion & Society Report
newsletters (samples are included on this web site).
We operate the John L. Swan Library on Family and Culture, one of the
best pro-family collections in the world. And
we also give lectures, author books, write articles, and hold smaller meetings
How come we have not heard of you before?
Like every organization, we have our own niche.
For years, our niche has been exclusively research oriented, producing
material at an academic and public policy level. While this always will be our strength, we have seen the need
to use our talents and resources to create new coalitions to promote the natural
family worldwide. The result of these efforts has been the World Congress of Families which has reached a