Freedomworks Foundation

Educating and Training the Nation's Most Effective Free Market Advocates

Washington, DC   |  www.freedomworks.org/foundation

Mission

FreedomWorks Foundation is a national grassroots education organization that seeks to link the principles of freedom to the hard work and hands-on focus required to translate good ideas into successful public policies and defend against government encroachment on economic liberties. FreedomWorks Foundation works aggressively on multiple fronts to help preserve individual liberty and free markets, and promote limited, constitutional government. The foundation fights every day against the progressive left, Big Government, and the harm they do to the cause of liberty. FreedomWorks Foundation serves to “make freedom work,” educating our communities and encouraging a deep commitment to individual liberty and free enterprise.

Ruling year info

1989

President

Mr. Adam Brandon

Main address

111 K St NE Suite 600

Washington, DC 20002 USA

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CSE FreedomWorks Foundation

EIN

52-1526916

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Public Finance, Taxation, Monetary Policy (W22)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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FreedomWorks Foundation has sought since our earliest days to address the hydra-headed monster of Big Government and the threats to freedom it brings. These threats have appeared in numerous forms over FreedomWorks' 30-year history, and our goal has always been to educate and mobilize citizens about the most pressing challenges of the moment as well as those that are still emerging. The runaway regulatory state that threatens to permanently upset our constitutional order. Economic education has been bent towards Big Government and became too complex for everyone to understand. Too many people are stuck with less than optimal healthcare options, either through employers or the federal government. The hope is that by expanding options, the marketplace will provide quality and affordable plans. Trust in our election process has decayed to dangerous levels after the previous election cycles of 2016, 2018, and 2020.

Our programs

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

Regulatory Action Center

The Regulatory Action Center is dedicated to educating Americans about the impact of government regulation on economic prosperity and individual liberty. FreedomWorks Foundation is committed to lowering the barrier between American Citizens and the rule-making process of government bureaus.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The primary mission of the Center for Economic Freedom is to educate Americans on free market economics, while discrediting economic falsehoods. With multi-faceted educational content, we bring the economic conversation back to one where everyone can understand.

Population(s) Served
Adults

One of the widest-ranging problems we face is our decaying institutions. These institutions include, but are not limited to, the broken education system, healthcare system, electoral system, and more. Institutions are vast, complex networks and legislators by themselves are not well suited to rein them in. They need to rely on outside organizations like FreedomWorks to be successful. Our team will concentrate on education reform and election integrity.

Education Reform, In order to see meaningful change in our education system, we must support parents’ decisions as to what education is best for their children. To begin reforming the education system so that it is oriented towards the family, we will promote school choice, advocate for funding that follows the students, and support ending Common Core. These efforts are also essential to address the dropout rate amongst minority communities. With high school dropouts expected to earn 60% less than college graduates, it’s time that these students and parents are given a choice.

Election Integrity: Election reform work to increase voter confidence and ensure integrity in elections will be done primarily at the state level. In order to achieve this, we aim to protect the Electoral College, roll back mail-in voting changes enacted in the COVID era, and ensure that legislators oversee redistricting for their states.

Population(s) Served

The Center for the New Majority is the FreedomWorks Foundation’s ambitious new initiative focused on studying the conservative policy goals that resonate most powerfully with the American people. The Center will develop marketing strategies on these core issues in order to grow support, and bring about real and lasting change.

Topline Goals:

Develop a principled policy agenda that resonates with the American population that can be promoted across multiple demographics.

Develop, produce, and promote stories across all television and social media properties to enhance the principles laid out in the agenda.


Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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Increasing

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Context Notes

In 2018, FreedomWorks trained almost 53,000 activists in person around the country.

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We work closely with a number of different groups to promote their content, invite their staff to speak at our events, shared policy intel, and worked closely to track and support legislation at the s

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

FreedomWorks Foundation has identified five key policy challenges at the heart of our fight for freedom: curtailing the regulatory state, winning the economic debate, upholding the integrity of our elections, reforming healthcare, and educational freedom through expanding school choice.

Each of these issues addresses broad-based concerns regarding the size and scope of government, the constitutionality of the issue at hand, and whether government operates for the benefit of ordinary citizens or special interest groups.

We educate on terms of economic liberty, constitutional conservatism, and civic activism. Our ultimate goal is to strengthen the constitutional republic our Founding Fathers set in motion more than two hundred years ago.

FreedomWorks Foundation offers the ideas of freedom to an educated network of citizens committed to economic liberty, trained in effective mobilization skills, and organized to push our education. We strengthen their efforts by educating legislative leaders who possess both the procedural and tactical skills necessary to control the debate and affect policy outcomes.

FreedomWorks Foundation staff promotes our own expert’s and ally’s research to our grassroots audience and turns that knowledge into activism. We educate citizens about specific targeted issues, develop tailored and effective strategies to reach key decision makers, and then mobilize a grassroots army with the tools and arguments that will sway decision makers. In doing so, we provide a unique, capacity building service, helping partnering organizations access to a deeply engaged, proven-effective network who provide the grassroots muscle to turn their ideas into advocacy and policy change.

We are guided by an understanding that decentralization of knowledge maximizes people’s talents, their hard work, and the total productivity of any worthwhile endeavor. We have greatly expanded our digital marketing skills and created a robust online presence. We disseminate our education through multi-faceted channels such as podcasts, op-eds, Facebook live streams, full-length books, in-person training, media appearances, live talks, and short videos so our message reaches further and the impact is greater.

FreedomWorks’ leadership recognized the need to meet the people across as many mediums as possible so the decision was made to pursue the creation of a weekly news show. On February 7th, 2021 in partnership with Newsmax TV, our team launched “Save The Nation.” Hosted by Adam Brandon, Save The Nation will present the news and relate it to economic principles and issues facing us today. This show will be a microphone to promote sound policy and hold the new administration and other politicians accountable.

FreedomWorks Foundation currently has a large activist network who are passionate about promoting free markets and individual liberty. Our members all share three common traits: a desire for community, opportunity, and self-reliance.

For over a quarter century, FreedomWorks has identified, educated, and activated citizens who are enthused about showing up to support free enterprise and constitutionally limited government.

We recognize unique voices are necessary to lead initiatives. We hire experts to be the public face of all our primary projects. The launch of our newest programs, Election Security and Education Reform, were launched with the additions of Cleta Mitchell and Laura Zorc, respectively.

Cleta Mitchell is a respected lawyer with a wealth of knowledge concerning elections and election security. Most recently, she assisted the White House investigate claims of election fraud after the 2020 election.

Laura Zorc is a mother who, after digging into the new Common Core standards in her home state of Florida and seeing it represented a one size fits all approach to education, decided to make a stand. With FreedomWorks support, she founded Florida Parents Against Common Core (FPACC). The effort was quickly joined by other parents and activists in a peaceful protest outside the National Common Core Education Convention in Orlando, FL. National media coverage followed and the ball was rolling. By the start of the 2021-2022 school year, Florida is due to be fully rid of Common Core, making it the fourth of the original forty-six adopting states to eliminate Common Core.

We also partnered with pollster Scott Rasmussen so that we can conduct data based studies on what issues matter to Americans across the country. This partnership has led us to more better allocate time and resources to projects that will have a maximum impact.

FreedomWorks Foundation has built a robust alliance of like-minded organizations who possess the knowledge, ability to provide educational content, and share a common vision. With partners like this, our activists will have a multitude of resources for every issue we tackle. Furthermore, with multiple organizations on board, real world results are much easier to accomplish inside and outside of Washington.

On a series of key issues this year, FreedomWorks Foundation seeks to give our members the tools and skills to show up—to be effective grassroots voices for the cause of limited, constitutional government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. We operate as an essential complement to and distributor for the work of other free-market think tanks, helping them get their work into the hands of a nationwide network of engaged activists.

FreedomWorks Foundation has had a major impact in recent years.

In 2018, a significant objective of the Regulatory Action Center (RAC) was to mobilize our grassroots base to submit quality public comments on a number of rulemakings. This includes over 28,000 comments on the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, and the Digital Day of Action on that rule generated hundreds of thousands of online interactions and impressions. The support of the RAC made the FCC’s elimination of the Obama-era Internet regulations more likely to occur and more survivable in Court.

In 2019, the RAC engaged in broad ranged healthcare reform, specifically price controls and insurance reform. The biggest fight of the year was against the introduction of anti- free market price controls that would make drug prices skyrocket and leave many Americans without the medication they need.

We also fought for breaking up government-granted monopoly contractors called organ procurement organizations that keep thousands of Americans in need of transplants on waitlists, while facing little to no accountability and costing taxpayers billions of dollars a year. We also challenged pharmaceutical companies who have pushed to keep generic versions of their drugs off the market.

In 2020, RACtivists submitted 33,437 comments on 12 regulatory dockets. They accounted for over 70 percent of the total on three of those dockets. Some of our biggest victories were keeping the federal government out of rural broadband development; the private sector is not only more capable of performing this task successfully, but at a far lower cost. FreedomWorks also further pushed the FCC to roll back regulations that limited internet freedom.

Also, in a docket where our supporters made up 97% of almost 1,500 comments, the Department of Energy chose to deregulate washing and drying machines, allowing for private companies to create more efficient appliances.

The Center for Economic Freedom has also seen a lot of success in 2020.

In response to COVID shutdowns, The disastrous response to the Coronavirus by many federal and state leaders inspired John Tamny to write a book chronicling the depth of their missteps. Set to be released on March 30th, 2021, When Politicians Panicked: The New Coronavirus, Expert Opinion, and a Tragic Lapse of Reason tells the tragic story of how, in response to a spreading virus, global politicians mindlessly pursued economic desperation, starvation, and death as the cure. This book will be a primary source for us to educate individuals about the dangers of Government overreach during COVID and its lasting effects.

FreedomWorks knew that any prolonged economic shutdown wouldn’t just shrink our wallets—it would shrink our lifespans. So, we set about educating how the economy could be reopened. The first step was creating the Governor Scorecard. Developed in partnership with The Committee to Unleash Prosperity, which is led by Steve Moore—who also serves as FreedomWorks’ S

Financials

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Freedomworks Foundation

Board of directors
as of 7/23/2021
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Board chair

Mr. Paul Beckner

Freedom Management Group

Ted Abram

Michael Darland

Joan Carter

UM Holdings Ltd.

Robert Lansing

The Westminster Fund

Adam Brandon

FreedomWorks Foundation

Paul Beckner

Freedom Management Group

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

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