|Robert W. Fri, President|
|John F. Ahearne, Vice President|
|Edward F. Hand, Secretary-Treasurer|
Resources for the Future (RFF) is an independent nonprofit organization that advances research and public education in the development, conservation, and use of natural resources and in the quality of the environment. Established in 1952 with the cooperation of the Ford Foundation, it is supported by an endowment and by grants from foundations, government agencies, and corporations. Grants are accepted on the condition that RFF is solely responsible for the conduct of its research and the dissemination of its work to the public. The organization does not perform proprietary research.
RFF research is primarily social scientific, especially economic. It is concerned with the relationship of people to the natural environmental resources of land, water, and air; with the products and services derived from these basic resources; and with the effects of production and consumption on environmental quality and on human health and well-being. Grouped into four units--the Energy and Natural Resources Division, the Quality of the Environment Division, the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy, and the Center for Risk Management--staff members pursue a wide variety of interests, including forest economics, natural gas policy, multiple use of public lands, mineral economics, air and water pollution, energy and national security, hazardous wastes, the economics of outer space, and climate resources. Resident staff members conduct most of the organization's work; a few others carry out research elsewhere under grants from RFF.
Resources for the Future takes responsibility for the selection of subjects for study and for the appointment of fellows, as well as for their freedom of inquiry. The views of RFF staff members and the interpretations and conclusions of RFF publications should not be attributed to Resources for the Future, its directors, or its officers. As an organization, RFF does not take positions on laws, policies, or events, nor does it lobby.