Our Mission

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

About Freedoms Foundation

  • Since 1949, more than 5.0 million students have been impacted through our citizenship and leadership programs.
  • More than 96% of FFVF alumni register to vote at their first opportunity. The national average is 42%.
  • More than 92% of FFVF students volunteer in a community service project or program. The national average is 26%.

All Americans actively engage in our democracy by celebrating our heritage, defending the Constitution, and protecting individual freedoms.

Founded in 1949 by E.F. Hutton, Don Belding, Kenneth Wells, and General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Freedoms Foundation is located on 72-acres in the heart of Valley Forge. We are a national educational non-profit welcoming thousands of people a year to participate in programs to encourage engaged, responsible citizenship based on the Bill of Responsibilities we created in 1985.

With nearly thirty chapters and more than 3,000 volunteers spread across the nation, Freedoms Foundation is filled with people who wish to pass on a legacy of freedom and democracy, which requires active, engaged citizens ready to accept the responsibilities and challenges of self-government.

We promote the ideals and principles of our free society and encourage all Americans to embrace their rights and responsibilities, and contribute to the common good. By recognizing good citizenship through our awards programs and inspiring leaders through our education programs, we cultivate civic responsibility in all, strengthening and bolstering our democracy for future generations.

Why is this important? Civic education is no longer a priority in many schools. With social studies curricula being squeezed out by STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and standardized testing, American students are missing fundamental lessons on citizenship and civic responsibility. 

Our educational programs are an investment that lasts a life-time, one that promises our experiment in limited self-government will not fail.