The Hinckley Institute was established in 1965 through the generous bequest of the Noble Foundation and Robert H. Hinckley.

The nonpartisan Institute was one of the first of its kind in the nation. It was founded with the mission to engage students in governmental, civic, and political processes; promote a better understanding and appreciation of politics; and train ethical and visionary students for public service.

Since its founding, the Hinckley Institute has provided a wide range of programs for students, public school teachers, and the general public. Indeed, each year the Institute is committed to championing Robert H. Hinckley’s dream by extending its internship program, annual forums and events, publications, courses, and funding opportunities.

A significant number of local and national leaders are former Hinckley Institute students including Karl Rove, Senator Pat Jones, and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.