The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foundation

Our Mission


The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foundation is based at Adams House, Harvard University and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the 32nd president of the United States and to the renewal of his legacy for the 21st century.

Mission Statement

Looking to the past, we maintain a museum of FDR's years as a college student, the restored 1904 FDR Suite at Adams House, Harvard College.

Looking to the future, we seek to use the Roosevelt legacy to address pressing domestic and international problems. Through active cross-disciplinary collaboration between policy-shapers, scholars and students, we seek to reintroduce tomorrow’s decision-makers to the New Deal philosophy that inspired the most effective and long-lasting reforms of that era: bold, persistent experimentation and above all, harnessing the power of hope to promote a spirit of social cooperation and activism.


Our current initiatives focus on:

  • impacts of climate change and automation on high-risk populations
  • threats to democracy across the globe
  • dangers of rising American isolationism
  • building a creative citizenry to better face the disruptions of the 21st century

the franklin delano roosevelt foundation

26 Plympton Street, Box 471
Adams House, Harvard College
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138