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. This national educational non-profit welcomes thousands of people a year to participate in programs to encourage engaged, responsible citizenship based on the Bill of Responsibilities authored by Freedoms Foundation in 1985. With over twenty 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.
Freedoms Foundation promotes the ideals and principles of our free society and encourages all Americans to embrace both their rights and the responsibilities and contribute to the common good of society. 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.
Civic education is no longer a priority in many schools. As social studies curricula are squeezed by STEM and standardized testing, American students are missing fundamental lessons on citizenship and civic responsibility. Freedoms Foundation’s educational programs are an investment that lasts a lifetime, one that promises our experiment in limited self-government will not fail. Since 1949, more than 5 million people have been impacted by FFVF citizenship programs. More than 80% of FFVF alumni register to vote at their first opportunity. The National Average is 60%. More than 75% of FFVF students volunteer in a community service project or program. The National Average is 23%.