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 |  PO BOX 1624 AUSTIN TX 78767-1624

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK is headquartered in AUSTIN, TX, and is a 501(c)(4) organization. EIN: 74-2736849.  Donations may or may not be tax-deductible. It is classified by the IRS as a Social Welfare Organization. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 1996.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)


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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Through grassroots organizing of Texans, especially youth and faith communities, and data-driven advocacy, TFN is building an informed and effective movement working toward equality and social justice for those who will inherit Texas. CORE VALUES • Respect, tolerance, and inclusiveness • Diversity and equality • Integrity and credibility • Grassroots political power


What are your strategies for making this happen?

TFN is building a progressive movement and making a lasting impact in Texas. Our strategic plans include: • grassroots organizing at the state and local levels • civic engagement -- voter education, registration and GOTV mobilization • issue advocacy in support of: voting rights, reproductive justice, LGBTQ equality, religious freedom, public education and more • leadership development -- extensive training programs for faith and young leaders • digital engagement through communications and social media campaigns


What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

Over the past two decades, TFNEF has built a strong reputation as the state’s watchdog for monitoring far-right issues, organizations, money and leaders. The organization has been instrumental in defeating initiatives backed by the religious right in Texas, including private school vouchers and textbook censorship at the State Board of Education. In recent years, our long-term vision and programmatic work has expanded significantly with a growing focus on civic education and leadership development for people under 30 through our Texas Rising program. TFNEF has a successful track record: • Organizing Grassroots Leaders – TFNEF has a proven reputation of building broad-based coalitions that effectively advocate for sound policy on a range of issues, including religious freedom, civil liberties and public education. • Conducting Original Social Policy Research – TFNEF is an influential, data-driven think tank on social policy issues. Our groundbreaking research has established us as a respected resource for policy-makers and the media. • Providing Advocacy Training and Educational Resources – TFNEF has produced and published a library of training materials for community leaders and hosts numerous advocacy trainings, conferences and speaker events that educate, motivate and equip our advocates around the state. • Building Young Leaders – Our Texas Rising program has become Texas’ leading progressive organization investing in the development of the next generation of leaders.


How will your organization know if you are making progress?

TFN takes a data-driven approve to evaluate and monitor progress on our long- and short-term goals. Key indicators of our success and accomplishments include: By the end of 2020, TYPA’s plan is to achieve the following: Expand the electorate in Texas: TYPA member organizations collectively register 300,000 young voters and turnout 68% of those voters in the 2020 election. Extensive outreach at high schools and college campuses: Through visibility events, campus tabling, classroom presentations, civic education trainings, and digital organizing, TYPA’s goal is to conduct voter registration on 50 college campuses and 100 Texas high schools. Broad-based community involvement: TYPA members have established deep relationships with community organizations outside of the college and high school environments. We will utilize opportunities to register young voters in their communities at concerts, PRIDE, festivals, state fairs, sporting events and much more. Infrastructure and capacity building: Scale up the existing TYPA partners to create a model that drives systemic change and creates a blueprint of how to transform power for young people of color in Texas. Establish the leadership pipeline: Train more than 300 young people of color on community organizing, electoral engagement, media and communications strategies, and issue advocacy. Graduate young fellows from our programs and place 20 in key positions of leadership within 12 months of completion as well as identify candidates for 2022 election cycle. Create a Youth Justice Agenda: Develop a coordinated advocacy statewide legislative agenda on issues impacting young people in the state, including racial, gender, economic and environmental justice.


What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

TFN has been a champion for progressive values in the state for 25 years. Since its founding in 1995, TFN has fought efforts to censor and politicize textbooks, has opposed private school vouchers and other schemes to undermine public education, and has defended church-state separation from constant attack. Over the years the organization’s work has greatly expanded to include the fight for LGBTQ equality, access to abortion and other reproductive health care, criminal justice reform and voting rights. And TFN has become a leading grassroots organizer of progressive faith communities and a rising generation of young Texans. Key accomplishments: • Statewide youth voter turnout in Texas was up almost 500% in the 2018 elections. This is due in no small part to the massive increase in youth civic education and engagement work undertaken by TFN and our partners over the preceding year. • Public education is the target of politicians seeking to privatize our neighborhood schools and push a culture war agenda in the classroom. TFNEF has been the state watchdog on education issues and principle convener working to ensure accurate and unbiased textbooks. In 2017, our Stand Up for Science campaign at the State Board of Education resulted in a huge victory for science – for the first time in 30 years, Texas science TEKS are free from anti-evolution language. In 2016, we exposed a highly offensive textbook under consideration by the SBOE for Mexican American Studies. Following pressure by our coalition, the SBOE voted 14-0 to reject that book. Two years later the board voted to create the course as an elective. • TFN's Just Texas program brings faith leaders together in support of reproductive freedom, LGBTQ equality and other progressive values to speak truth to power. More details about this project can be found at www.justtx.org • Widely recognized as an influential think tank on a number of critical social policy issues, TFN's growing library of original research has become invaluable to policy-makers on a wide range of church-state and education issues, such as the faith-based initiative, public school Bible courses and sex education. Resources available at www.tfn.org/publications • TFN's Texas Rising program is building the power of young people in our communities and at the ballot box. Our program organizes and builds power with young people of color in a multi-issue, intersectional social justice framework. More details at www.txrising.org.



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