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History and Objectives of the FreedomWorks Foundation

Our family foundation makes donations to numerous charities and nonprofit groups each year, including the FreedomWorks Foundation, a grassroots educational organization with a history of defending economic liberties against encroaching government regulation. FreedomWorks maintains a nationwide network of more than 1.3 million citizen volunteers, all of them supportive of a free market society and a government constrained by its Constitution.

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Founded in 1989, the Foundation was known as Citizens for a Sound Economy prior to 2004. Today, former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey chairs the Board of Directors for the Foundation and travels across the country to meet with and support the work of legislators and member activists. Since the beginning of this grassroots organization, its members have spearheaded opposition to initiatives that expand the role of government. During the 1990s, for example, FreedomWorks stood against the Clinton administration’s proposed BTU tax on energy and the Clinton healthcare reform package, dubbed “HillaryCare.” In the early years of the 21st century, its members fostered public debate on tax reform, an effort that led to the 2001 tax cuts.

More recently, FreedomWorks Foundation encouraged public opposition and debate against the TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) bailout, ObamaCare, and other spending proposals set forth by the current administration. The grassroots group has also provided logistical support to the Tea Party and sponsored town hall protests and rallies associated with this movement across the country in 2009, including the 9/12 Taxpayer March on Washington. All of the activities supported and led by FreedomWorks further the group’s goal of strengthening the Constitutional republic set forth by the Founding Fathers more than 200 years ago.

About the Author: David G. Jorgensen co-founded the international office equipment supplier Katun Corporation in 1979 and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2000 to 2002.


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Raising Children Who Can Think for Themselves is Critical to the Future of America

David G. Jorgensen, the Vice Chairman of the Pennsylvania-based non-profit organization, Free to Choose, advocates an educational approach for students based on reasoning and reliable information. Free to Choose encourages students to analyze issues that affect the world as a means to protect liberty and enhance knowledge. The organization places emphasis on learning about historical events and societal changes from knowledgeable experts, debating different viewpoints, and reflecting on the meaning and importance of episodes that shaped the world experience. By becoming participants in their own education, students foster critical thinking skills and develop enhanced knowledge and understanding of their world. Free to Choose promotes in-depth study by encouraging students to read and listen to discourse on subjects by experts. Students develop personal opinions by actively learning rather than passively listening.

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The non-partisan Free to Choose network offers access to some of the world’s most celebrated people and their ideas in an entertaining format. Designed to provide delivery of information without political or social bias, Free to Choose includes content on topics such as history, economics, and constitutionality.

Before retirement, David G. Jorgensen was the CEO of Dataquest and the co-founder of Katun. For more information, please visit and

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A Discussion about Market Research Companies

David G. Jorgensen joined the Silicon Valley-based market research firm Dataquest, Inc., in 1972. Having been the Executive Vice President of Computer Synectics and worked for Stanford Research Institute and The Boeing Company, Jorgensen benefited Dataquest with his knowledge in business and technology. Dataquest was founded in 1971 by David Norman and had a professional staff of Stanford MBAs and engineers with advanced degrees. The company provided high tech companies and institutional investors with market research services. Mr. Jorgensen has a MSIE from Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Washington, and a BSEE from the University of Utah. He was a co-founder and Chairman of Katun Corporation.

Market research companies have performed crucial roles for businesses for many decades. The term “market research” encompasses many activities, and firms such as Dataquest often act in a consultancy role for corporations by analyzing the local competition, consumer bases, and trends. By studying others in the industry, marketing research firms can teach clients about what has worked for similar entities as well as what has failed. When seeking to understand consumers, market researchers utilize a number of tactics such as focus groups and questionnaires.

In focus groups, guides present a cross-section of potential buyers with a product, such as a physical device or something intangible like an advertisement, and gather their thoughts on the item. These instructors also ask pointed questions depending on what the firm or the client wants to learn. Finally, trends play a crucial function in the success of any business. Externals such as politics, the economy, and social norms all affect a customer’s buying decisions while remaining outside of a company’s control. An awareness of current situations and potential future developments allows businesses to keep up-to-date and prepare accordingly.

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