The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a national membership organization with a Board of Directors selected by members and a governing Executive Council selected by the Board of Directors. The Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Non-profit status under the Internal Revenue Code, Section 501(c)3, was recognized originally in 1978, with a final tax-exempt determination in 1980. Contributions are deductible under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code for federal income tax purposes. Bequests, legacies, devises, transfers and gifts to or for the use of the Freedom From Religion Foundation are deductible for federal estate and gift tax purposes under the provisions of Sections 2055, 2106 and 2522 of the Code. The Foundation, a membership group open to the public, has been classified as an organization which is not a private foundation.
The Foundation is funded by membership dues and specific gifts. It holds an annual convention and membership meeting, publishes a monthly newspaper and broadcasts a weekly radio show. Detailed annual financial statements are provided to all members, and the tax-exempt Foundation files an annual 990 Form accounting for its expenditures. The Foundation engages in publishing books and pamphlets, in producing films and music, in awarding scholarships and in conducting court challenges of violations of the separation between church and state.
Who We Are
The governing Executive Board of Directors, elected by the large advisory body of State Representatives, serve 3-year terms. They are:
Top row (from left): Dan Barker, FFRF Co-President; Joseph Cunningham, Board Member; Jim Bredeson, Secretary; Jim Zerwick, Treasurer, Michael Cermak, Board Member; Stephen Hirtle, Chair.
Seated: Annie Lurie Gaylor, FFRF Co-President; David Groethe, outgoing Chair; Patricia Cleveland, Board Member, Phyllis Rose, Board Member. Not pictured: Todd Peissig, new Board Member. (Photo: Andrew Seidel)
See FFRF’s distinguished roster of Honorary Board Members below.