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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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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator

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Overall Score

Not Scored

Encompass Scores are calculated from one or more Beacon Scores. This organization is either not eligible for a Beacon (see below), or that Beacon is not yet available.

  • This organization is ineligible for a Finance & Accountability score. Find out why.

  • This organization is ineligible for a Impact & Results score. Find out why.

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...   Finance & Accountability

Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.

No Score

We have not issued this nonprofit a Finance & Accountability score. This does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, only that we have not reached a conclusion for the following reason:

This organization cannot be evaluated because it is not a 501(c)(3) IRS registered nonprofit

Charity Navigator currently only evaluates nonprofits registered with the IRS as 501(c)(3) organizations. 501(c)(3) nonprofits are tax-exempt and eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Revenue and expense data is not available for this organization. This data is only available if this charity has at least one year of e-file Form 990 data.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of the highest compensated employees listed on page 7 of the IRS Form 990. This compensation data is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts include salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting here.











Source: IRS Form 990, filing year 2018

Business Master File Data

The Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) includes cumulative information the IRS collects and displays for all exempt organizations. The data is updated monthly. Below are some key data points from the BMF for this organization. View information about the BMF on the IRS website here.


Separation of church and state (BMF activity code: 516)

Foundation Status:

All organizations except 501(c)(3) (BMF foundation code: 00)


Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The IRS Form 990 is the source of the finance and accountability data used within the Encompass Rating System. When an organization is eligible for a Finance & Accountability beacon score, each metric is based on elements of the 990. Some metrics are based on the most recent available filing, while others are based on averages of values over multiple years. We provide links to all available 990s here, whether or not this organization is eligible for a Finance & Accountability score.

IRS Forms 990 are provided courtesy of Foundation Center.

...   Impact & Results

Charity Navigator assesses how well a nonprofit delivers on its mission. To issue an Impact & Results score, we estimate the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determine whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.

No Score

We have not issued this nonprofit an Impact & Results score. This does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, only that we have not reached a conclusion for one of the following reasons:

  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet gotten to scoring it.

  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet developed the specific algorithms to estimate the impact of the type of service it delivers and so cannot issue a score yet.

  • The nonprofit does not primarily deliver services directly to beneficiaries or it is not reasonable to expect the nonprofit to measure impact for its primary activity. The impact analysis framework that we use is not well suited to these nonprofits.

  • The nonprofit is not heavily reliant on individual donors because beneficiaries fund a majority of its costs or it does not receive any private charitable contributions.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK reported its three largest programs on its FY 2018 Form 990 as:


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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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...   Leadership & Adaptability

Charity Navigator will provide an assessment of the organization’s leadership capacity, strategic planning, and the ability to readily innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization’s mission.

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Charity Navigator will provide an assessment of the organization’s people operations, its engagement with the constituents served, and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) measures.

Culture & Community Score (BETA)

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Encompass Rating Beta V2 does not provide an evaluation of the organization's culture and community. Beta V3 will provide an evaluation of Constituent Feedback and Listening Practices. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community. Other measures will be added later in the year.

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Community & Culture.

Why It Matters

Like the Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as relevant metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.

Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.