FreedomWorks Foundation History
FreedomWorks Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1987 as the Foundation for Freedom and Capitalism. A 501(c)(3) education foundation, it was renamed Citizens for the Environment in 1991, and then renamed again in 2003, to CSE FreedomWorks Foundation (CSEF). In 2004, CSEF was renamed FreedomWorks Foundation, Inc.
Since 2004, FreedomWorks has continued to grow. Today, the FreedomWorks “family” is comprised of four separate organizations that each serve a unique role.
FreedomWorks, Inc. is a nonpartisan grassroots advocacy organization under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. As an advocacy organization, FreedomWorks is able to take direct action for or against specific legislation in Congress by mobilizing our grassroots army to stand in defense of liberty. FreedomWorks recruits, trains, and mobilizes these activists to fight for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom. Year round, we host activist workshops and promote our efforts to bring the message of freedom to Congress. Gifts to FreedomWorks, Inc. are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions.
FreedomWorks Foundation is a research and education organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. FreedomWorks Foundation does not participate in, nor try to influence the results of, any federal, state, or local election. Instead, the Foundation counters the liberal bias of our universities and the mainstream media by conducting research on policy issues and educating our vast grassroots community on the basic tenets of free market philosophy. Gifts to FreedomWorks Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.
FreedomWorks PAC is our member-connected political action committee registered with the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”). This PAC can solicit contributions only from FreedomWorks members. The funds received by the PAC are used to make direct and in-kind contributions to candidates who support FreedomWorks’ limited government principles. Contributions to the PAC are limited to $5,000 per individual per calendar year and are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions for federal income purposes. Donors of more than $200 in a calendar year are disclosed to the FEC. FreedomWorks PAC empowers our activists by endorsing and contributing to free-market candidates, to help elect a new generation of principled, freedom-minded public servants.
FreedomWorks for America is an independent expenditure-only political action committee, registered with the FEC. Commonly referred to as a “super PAC,” FreedomWorks for America (FWFA) is distinguished from the member-connected PAC in that it can solicit contributions from non-members and there is no contribution limit. FWFA is not allowed to make contributions to candidates, but it can make unlimited expenditures for or against candidates, as long as the communications are made independently from any candidate or political party. Contributions to FWFA are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions, and federal law requires FWFA to report to the FEC information regarding all donors over $200 within a calendar year.