The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based at Adams House, Harvard University dedicated to preserving the memory Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and to the renewal of their 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 utilize our unique position within one of Harvard’s undergraduate Houses to harness the Roosevelt legacy for the future. Through active cross-disciplinary collaboration between policy-shapers, scholars and students, we 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 disinformation
We are particularly invested in building FDR’s “creative citizenry” to better face the disruptions of the 21st century. To that end, we have founded the Roosevelt Scholars Program at Harvard to provide research and paid mentorship opportunities for our first-generation and lower income students. More broadly, we work to inspire the empathy and social conscience so evinced by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt among all our undergraduates, knowing that upon their shoulders will fall the responsibilities of building our future.