Our Exciting Future

America today is not the same as it was in 1949. We have made significant progress as a nation, but there is still more we must do. Freedoms Foundation stands at the threshold of a very exciting future. 2024 will not be just a celebration but a renewal, a fresh commitment, and a new and powerful opportunity. We will reach more teachers and students than ever before by providing expanded programs and higher-quality resources.

We appreciate your faithful and generous support. You have helped to bring us to this momentous occasion.

We hope you enjoy the various ways to celebrate this momentous occasion!

7,500 Acts of Civic Responsibility

“Civic responsibility means active participation in the public life of a community in an informed, committed, and constructive manner, with a focus on the common good (Gottlieb & Robinson, 2006, 16).”

Throughout 2024, our organization will collect over 7,500 Acts of Civic Responsibility in celebration of our 75th anniversary!

Our organization utilizes the Bill of Responsibilities as the basis of the civic obligations each citizen should fulfill as a member of our free society. Our Bill of Responsibilities can be condensed into five themes: participation, respect, accountability, productivity, and generosity.  Each of these themes represents actions you can emulate in your community as a productive citizen.

We invite everyone to share how they play an active role in our country by completing an act of civic responsibility. Help us reach our goal!

Please direct questions to communications@ffvf.org.

Youth Essay Contest

Open to students ages kindergarten through grade 12. Individual essays may be the product of a classroom assignment or other contest. Entries must be typed, double-spaced, corrected, and contain 250-500 words for kindergarten-grade 6 and 500-750 words for grades 7-12. Essays must also address the year’s topic and include the student’s name, address, grade level, and teacher’s name. One entry per student.

Deadline For Early Selection: March 1, 2024 – Recipients notified by April 15, 2024
Deadline For General Selection: June 1, 2024 – Recipients notified by September 1, 2024

Winners will receive a George Washington medal and certificate.

2024 Student Essay Topic Grades 7-12:

Why are responsible citizens important to our system of government? What can I do to develop the necessary traits to become one and encourage others to do so as well?

2024 Student Essay Topic Grades K-6:

What are some ways you can work with your family and friends to help keep our country free?


October 17, 2024

Gala at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles, California

Details Will Be Available Soon

September 17, 2024

Celebration at the Union League in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Details Will Be Available Soon

Our History

Since 1949, Freedoms Foundation has sought to preserve American patriotism and recognize civic duty through a prestigious National Awards program. Led by original co-founders Kenneth D. Wells, Don Belding, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, and E.F. Hutton, the team settled on historic Valley Forge as the Foundation’s home.

The organization expanded its mission in 1965 to provide high-quality history and civic education opportunities for students and educators to emphasize the individual freedoms cherished by citizens of the United States. These programs focus on understanding the U.S. political, social, and economic system and the responsibilities of good citizenship.

In anticipation of the bicentennial of the United States Constitution, Freedoms Foundation created the Bill of Responsibilities. Written as a compliment to the Bill of Rights, the Bill of Responsibilities identifies and fosters good citizenship and active involvement to preserve and advance freedom.

The Bill of Responsibilities is the heart of Freedoms Foundation’s education programs and continues to provide inspiration to students and teachers on the importance of responsible, engaged, and informed citizenship.

Freedoms Foundation has continued to fulfill its mission as a non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian educational organization that promotes individual responsibility, rejects apathy, and inspires leadership.

Today, dozens of chapters, many partner organizations, and thousands of participants support Freedoms Foundation’s mission and vision. 

Donate Today

Supporting America’s first principles of freedom is essential to ensure future generations understand and cherish the blessings of liberty. With your donation, we will reach even more young people with the truth of America’s unique past, its promising future, and the liberty for which it stands. Help us prepare the next generation of leaders.