Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge

Educate. Honor. Challenge.

aka FFVF   |   VALLEY FORGE, PA   |  freedomsfoundation.org

Mission

We educate about American rights and responsibilities, honor acts of civic virtue, and challenge all to reject apathy and get involved.

Ruling year info

1974

President & CEO

Mr. David Harmer

Main address

PO BOX 67

VALLEY FORGE, PA 19481 USA

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EIN

23-1657857

NTEE code info

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When young people have limited or no access to civic learning opportunities, they inherit an unequal democracy and, as a result, communities across the country face a variety of challenges. The protests and riots in our cities demonstrate not only a breakdown in trust between government and the people it serves but the fact that many Americans have too little civic knowledge to bring about the change they wish to see in their community. Knowledge forms that basis for civic engagement, fosters comprehension of how individual interests fit into a complex political system, and facilitates development of political attitudes that are predicated on more than just emotion.

By introducing students to a quality civic education experience, Freedoms Foundation hopes to address many of our democratic shortfalls by increasing the accountability of elected officials, improving public discourse, and fulfilling our ideal of civic equality.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program

Four-day residential program for high school students to explore the foundation of American democracy and the free enterprise system as well as leadership workshops.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our vision is to have all Americans actively engage in their democracy by celebrating our American heritage, defending the Constitution, and protecting individual freedoms. Through educational programs for both youth and teachers, Freedoms Foundation imparts an understanding of our national heritage, the values upon which our country was founded, the free enterprise system that has allowed us to prosper, and the importance of responsible, engaged citizenship.

The four-day residential Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program, for teens in grades 9 – 12, is made available 10 to 15 times each year. It is supported by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, who deems it a very valuable civic education experience and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).

The Service Learning in Public Policy (SLiPP) Program is a week-long advanced leadership development program for 10th – 12th grade students who want to learn how to become catalysts for positive change in their world. The program focuses on public policy in the fields of health, environmental conservation, and law.

Offered during the school year, the Freedoms Foundation's History Encounters Program for elementary school students and their teachers provides age-appropriate, week-long, expert-led educational historic activities and tours in locations such as Philadelphia; New York; Washington, D.C.; Virginia; and Gettysburg.

Freedoms Foundation Graduate Programs for Educators have been offered annually since 1965 and have always been fully-accredited by major colleges and universities. Thousands of educators from all 50 states have attended this program that focuses on American history, as well as the Constitution, public policy and other civic-related topics in contemporary U.S. society.

Freedoms Foundation also serves as the Pennsylvania state coordinator for the California-based, nonprofit educational organization, the Center for Civic Education and its programs: We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, designed to promote civic competence and responsibility among U.S. upper elementary and secondary students; and We the People: Project Citizen, targeting the same population and designed as a means to learn how to become engaged citizens by monitoring and participating in the public policy development process.

For the past 69 years, Freedoms Foundation has conducted programs of education emphasizing the principles underlying the unique freedoms enjoyed by citizens of the United States through our constitutional form of government and has as promoted good citizenship through our awards programs. By means of our student programs we have encouraged America's youth to get involved, and through our graduate/professional development programs we have helped teachers implement lessons on history and good citizenship using their own educational styles. Nearly 200,000 students and 20,000 educators representing all 50 states have participated in Freedoms Foundation's educational programs.

There is no doubt that Freedoms Foundation has made a difference in the lives of America's youth. Since 1949, more than 5 million students have been impacted by our organization's citizenship programs. In fact, our impact has grown significantly over the last three years from 12,000 in 2012 to 45,000 in 2016. More than 80% of our alumni register to vote at their first opportunity, as opposed to the 60% national average. And more than 75% of our students volunteer in a community service project or program, as opposed to the 23% national average.

In the 2011, "Guardians of Democracy" update of the Civic Mission of Schools report, Freedoms Foundation was listed as one of the top five national organizations providing high-quality extracurricular activities promoting civic knowledge skills.

There is no doubt that Freedoms Foundation has made a difference in the lives of America's youth. Since 1949, over 5 million students have been impacted by our organization's citizenship programs. More than 80% of our alumni register to vote at their first opportunity, as opposed to the 60% national average. And more than 75% of our students volunteer in a community service project or program, as opposed to the 23% national average.

1. Increase the impact of our programs through the expansion of our graduate professional development teacher program. We feel strongly we can build upon our success in 2017 and secure an additional $75,000 in funding which would allow us to offer 8 programs for 400 teachers during the summer of 2018. This will represent over a 15% increase in the number of educators participating in 2017. The eight programs are:
• From Immigrants to Citizens: History and Civic Values
• Heroes & Heroines: Transforming Character through Biography
• Medal of Honor Legacy: War on Terror
• Medal of Honor Legacy: World War II
• Building the Nation: Entrepreneurs & American History
• Civil War Central: Nashville, TN to Atlanta, GA
• American Revolution North: Boston, MA to Saratoga, NY
• Civil Rights Movement: Atlanta, GA to Little Rock, AR
From Immigrants to Citizens, Building the Nation, and Civil Rights Movement are all newly developed programs.
2. Add one additional Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program. Freedoms Foundation Volunteer Chapters will sponsor 1 additional program for up to 100 students in Spring 2018.
3. Our plan is to continue our marketing initiative of our History Encounters (elementary and middle school) program to drive future growth.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We provide civic and history after-school programs for Elementary through high school students from throughout the United States. We offer one-week graduate-level professional development civic and history programs for teachers from throughout the United States.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge

Board of directors
as of 3/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Jordan Clements


Board co-chair

Mrs. Diane Deshong

John Heenan

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Christopher Rothey

Comcast

David Harmer

Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge

Sally Brinton

Ensign Pine Properties

Jordan Clements

Rock Creek Capital

Sandy Cook

Sacramento Chapter, FFVF

Diane Deshong

Los Angeles Chapter, FFVF

Walter Marm

Medal of Honor Recipient

Jon Nehlsen

Carnegie Mellon University

Marvell Ruppel

National AMVETS Ladies Aux.

Shelby Scarbrough

Practical Protocol

Dianne Sehler

Formerly The Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation

Board leadership practices

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/19/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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