Our Mission The mission of the Freedom Foundation (formerly Evergreen Freedom Foundation) is to advance individual liberty, free enterprise and responsible government. Our efforts center around providing public policy research and alternatives in the following foundational areas: state budget and tax policies; labor, welfare, health care and education reform; and citizenship and governance issues. Governing Principles The staff and board of the Freedom Foundation seeks to eliminate the desire for dependence on government that has permeated our culture. The possession of liberty requires some risk. Benjamin Franklin said, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." We agree. Therefore, because a freedom-loving people must understand the principles from which freedom is derived, The Freedom Foundation's objective is to disseminate those truths and motivate the citizenry to act upon them. - Responsible self governance is the cornerstone of a free society. With rights come responsibilities, with freedoms come obligations. - Government must protect and cherish the constitutional and inalienable rights, freedoms, initiatives, and liberties of the individual. - Our government is, and must be, constitutionally limited in scope and authority to that which the citizenry cannot do best by themselves. - Our government's regulatory functions must be minimal and firmly rooted in constitutional authority. - In all matters, government is to be accountable to the people. The Freedom Foundation neither solicits nor accepts funds from public sources. All programs and activities are funded by private donations and grants. Our support comes from thousands of concerned individuals and numerous private foundations. The Freedom Foundation exists to serve the people of Washington state in accordance with the spirit of the Revised Code of Washington, section 42.17.251, adopted in 1992: "The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may maintain control over the instruments they have created."
Jonathan Bechtle J.D.
PO Box 552
Olympia, WA 98507
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Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)
Public Finance, Taxation, Monetary Policy (W22)
Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (R05)
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The Economic Policy Center - Building a more efficient and accountable state budget, advocating reduced taxation and regulations. The Education Reform Center - Emphasizes change child-centered education where: (1) parents choose child?s best educational opportunities, 2) dollars follow child to school, 3) excessive regulations and expensive bureaucracies are eliminated. Health, Welfare & Cultural Studies - Consumer-based reforms that allow individuals to choose health care, short-term assistance, and retirement options that make sense for them. Governance & Citizenship - Guarding against inappropriate governmental practices that threaten freedom; teaching citizens (youth) to know, appreciate, and participate in government.
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Evergreen Freedom Foundation
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
as of 10/30/2012
Olympia Child Care Center and Family Support Center
Very active in community groups
active in numerous civic organizations
member of Spokane Rotary
Seattle Alumni Association
local & state-wide citizen activist
Mill Creek Rotary Club
served on the boards of several national and international non-profit organizations
Associate Professor of Political Science, Central Washington University
Active in community
South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce
served on the board of several civic and activist organizations
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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?
Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?
Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?
Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?
Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?