Chapter President

Tolar Nolley

Our Mission

The Mary Ball Washington Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge educates students and teachers about the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship, inspiring them to preserve and advance our freedoms.

Our Vision

The Mary Ball Washington Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge envisions an America where the rising generation loves their country and understands, values, and defends its founding ideals.

Who We Are

The Mary Ball Washington Chapter was chartered in 2009 by co-founders Elizabeth “Bankie” Benton and her husband Bill Benton in Topping, Virginia together with seven residents. The Chapter presently serves three area high schools in Middlesex, Lancaster, and Northumberland counties.

The Chapter raises community awareness on Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge and fundraises to send selected high school juniors to the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program at the National campus in Valley Forge, PA. Each spring, the selected students receive full chapter scholarships to attend the program. The four-day residential program helps students deepen their understanding of the US Constitution, founding fathers, and the free enterprise system. The Chapter is also providing funds to send teachers, principals, and civic leaders to experience and become ambassadors of Freedoms Foundation mission.


Thousands of students from across the country have obtained a greater understanding and appreciation of American history and civic responsibility through Freedoms Foundation’s Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program.

Learn about democracy, the judiciary, the political process, founding documents, and the free enterprise system through innovative workshops and historical site visits that allow you to encounter our nation’s past, present and future. During your residential stay, you will also build leadership skills, engage in civil discourse, and identify how you can positively impact your community.

The Mary Ball Washington Chapter sponsors students to attend the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program from the counties of Middlesex, Lancaster, and Northumberland. If you or a student you know is interested in applying for the 2024 Spring program, please contact the chapter at


Expand your teaching repertoire with fresh, new resources and obtain direct access to prominent American history scholars and thinkers. Experienced by 14,000+ educators worldwide over five decades, Freedoms Foundation’s accredited seminars and history workshops provide compelling discussions and immersive site visits. These dynamic in-person seminars underscore the relevance of our Constitution and American history for your students.

Energize your students’ discovery and preservation of their freedoms through your own renewed sense of civic purpose.

All applicants are eligible for full scholarships once accepted.

The Mary Ball Washington Chapter sponsors one teacher each year to a Freedoms Foundation seminar or workshop. Please contact the chapter at if you are interested in applying for the scholarship.

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Chapter Awards

Annually, the Freedoms Foundation and its Volunteer Chapters recognize exemplary civic achievements through its National Awards Program.  Guided by an independent panel of expert jurists, the National Awards Program honors the exceptional efforts of individuals, organizations, and schools that promote or personify the ideals of responsible citizenship. 

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Get Involved

If you want to make a difference in the communities in the tri-county area, become a member of the Mary Ball Washington Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. For nearly 50 years, our chapter, as part of Freedoms Foundation’s nationwide network of volunteer chapters, has brought the message of engaged citizenship and leadership to hundreds of thousands of Americans, students, teachers, and ordinary citizens. We encourage you to join us to help promote the ideals of our national heritage.

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Mary Ball Washington, VA Donations

Supporting America’s first principles of freedom is essential to ensure future generations understand and cherish the blessings of liberty. With your donation, the Mary Ball Washington Chapter will reach even more young people from the area 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.

Donations to the chapter can be sent c/o
MBW-FFVF Chapter
PO Box 294
Locust Hill, VA 23092