About Freedom Forum

Our Mission

To foster First Amendment freedoms for all.

Our Vision

The First Amendment is the cornerstone of a government by, for and of the people, yet most Americans can’t name the five freedoms it guarantees. Our vision is an America where everyone knows, understands, values and defends the freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. We believe that encouraging the broad understanding and vigorous use of these fundamental freedoms by the people is the best way to preserve and protect the First Amendment for future generations.

Our Work

We raise awareness of First Amendment freedoms through education, advocacy and action, sharing the stories of Americans who have exercised their rights to ignite change.


We expand the public’s understanding of the First Amendment and when these freedoms are under attack or misunderstood, we educate people about their rights.


The First Amendment embraces the diversity of American experiences and perspectives, and our support of the First Amendment is nonpartisan. We champion these essential rights for all individuals.


First Amendment freedoms belong to the people. The resources we provide and the conversations we inspire enlighten Americans about how to use their First Amendment rights to defend or advance causes and ideas that matter to them, their families and their communities.

The Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 foundation dedicated to fostering First Amendment freedoms for all.

The First Amendment protects all viewpoints. We give due consideration to differing perspectives in an effort to educate people about their First Amendment rights. By doing so, we exercise our responsibility to safeguard those rights for all.

We are supported in part by contributions and grants. Freedom Forum leadership determines the content of our work independent of outside funders.

Our Commitment To Diversity And Inclusion

Our Unique Differences Are Our Greatest Strength

Diversity is an integral part of the Freedom Forum’s history — and it is vital to our future. Our founder, Al Neuharth, championed the hiring and promotion of women and minorities across the country as chair and CEO of Gannett. His legacy lives on at the Freedom Forum, where we are committed to creating an environment where everyone across race, gender, age, sexual orientation, sexual identity, religion, physical ability, life experience and political perspective is respected, valued, encouraged and supported. Diversity fuels inclusion. Everyone offers a unique perspective; we welcome yours.