Center for Free Fair and Accountable Democracy Inc

Arlington, VA   |
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Center for Free Fair and Accountable Democracy Inc

EIN: 83-1505463


We have two goals: (1) help Americans understand why democracy is precious; and (2) help them understand, protect, and improve the foundations of trust in our republic.

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Mr. Douglas Addison

Main address

2500 N Florida St

Arlington, VA 22207 USA

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Subject area info

Public affairs

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NTEE code info

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

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.



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Our programs

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Providing Multimedia Products for Civic Education

Our main activity is the provision of civic education materials to adults. Our materials address the issues of trust and mistrust many American citizens feel today, many of which are similar to those the framers confronted in the Constitutional Convention. Thus, we begin with basic principles, rather than repackaging traditional civic education content. We illustrate our points with real-world experiences drawn from history and current-events here in the U.S. and around the world. Moreover, in contrast to the traditional approach to civics, which is structured mainly around descriptions of events and institutions, CFFAD is teaching more about what is required for representative democracy to work well in our republic and why – including the application to today’s real-time challenges. The focus, therefore, shifts from what and when to how (incentives for good leadership and good citizenship embedded in our Constitution, laws, and institutions) and why (people will not sustain a system they do not trust to serve them well). In this way, our content speaks more directly to the frustrations felt by many Americans today while also offering elements of a path forward. Other organizations do not offer this kind of approach in their materials.

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Center for Free Fair and Accountable Democracy Inc


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

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Mr. Douglas Addison

Doug Addison (President and Treasurer) is the originator of CFFAD. He helped fight poverty around the world as an economist for the World Bank between 1985 and 2016. Doug holds an M.Phil. in economics from the University of Sussex, an M.A. in economics from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in economics from the University of Colorado. Doug’s country experiences led him to deeply value the benefits of a healthy democracy – having been many places where democracies were weak or absent. His travels include Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Zambia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Nepal, Solomon Islands, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), and Cyprus. All but Ghana and Zambia suffered from major civil conflict within the last 50 years. He is now studying at George Mason University, investigating why some democracies reduce conflict better than others.

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Center for Free Fair and Accountable Democracy Inc

Board of directors
as of 07/10/2023
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Board chair

Mr. Douglas Addison

Eric Palladini

Kourtney Pompi

Barak Hofmann

Franklin Bonner

Mark Nelson

Rosarie Tucci

Cheryl Cook-Kallio

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No