Smith Richardson Foundation (SRF) is an independent non-profit foundation based in Westport, Connecticut. The foundation was established in 1935 by H. Smith Richardson and his wife Grace Jones Richardson. SRF's mission is to contribute to important public debates and to help address serious public policy challenges facing the United States. The foundation seeks to help and ensure the vitality of social, economic, and governmental institutions. It also seeks to assist with the development of effective policies to compete internationally and advance U.S. interests and values abroad. SRF is governed by the Board of Trustees.