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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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2000, David G. Jorgensen became Chairman of Katun Corporation, the imaging supplies company that he co-founded in 1979. Katun grew to become the largest supplier of alternative OEM parts for photocopiers. Over the course of the nation’s history, some great inventions have been born from the minds and hands of a group of creative inventors.
In other cases, a life-changing device, practice, or idea can be traced back to an individual. While many have improved on the photocopier’s design and efficacy over time, only Chester Carlson can take credit for the advent of photocopying in 1938.
A patent attorney, researcher, and inventor, Carlson often found himself making dozens of copies of important papers. But this laborious work aggravated his arthritis, leading him to experiment with photoconductivity. After a few years of work performed in his kitchen, Carlson experienced a breakthrough. Covering a zinc plate with sulfur, Carlson slid a microscope slid bearing an engraving on top of yet more sulfur and placed beneath a light. When he removed the slide, an exact image of the words remained behind.
The part-time inventor immediately put his full-time knowledge of patents to use and filed a patent for the process that he called electrophotography. Astonishingly, Carlson had a difficult time selling his method. After more than 20 rejections, Carlson evaluated his process and decreed it underdeveloped. Most major organizations like IBM and General Electric used time-proven methods and saw no need for Carlson’s fledgling technology. In 1944, the Battelle Memorial Institute reached out to Carlson and asked him to let them help refine his electrophotography process. Several years and dozens of experiments later, a small New York-based photographic paper seller wished to obtain a license to use the now-developed technology. There was just a problem with the name.
Deeming “electrophotography” too complicated and unintuitive, Carlson worked with the corporation’s leaders to come up with a new name, xerography, derived from Greek words that meant “dry writing.” With the new name in place, the corporation, Haloid, created copier machines that incorporated the technology, dubbing them Xerox machines. In 1948, the term “Xerox” was trademarked, and the Xerox Corporation was born.
My name is David G. Jorgensen. I was a co-founder of Katun Corporation and CEO of Dataquest, Inc. I now devote much of my time to philanthropic activities and support for organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest health organization devoted exclusively to Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. The Association provides support from the local to the global level. One of the organization’s primary goals is to offer care and support to those suffering from the disease. In order to meet this goal, the nonprofit has established chapters throughout the country and offers a professionally staffed 24/7 telephone helpline that can be translated into 170 different languages. The Association also leads more than 4,500 support groups, produces more than 20,000 educational programs, and matches people with free clinical trials. In order to expand knowledge of the disease, the Alzheimer’s Association also houses the Green-Field Library.
In addition to providing care, the Association advances research, as it is the largest nonprofit funder for research into Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, the organization has played a role in every major research over the last three decades. The Association offers a peer-reviewed research grant program, which has granted more than $279 million to nearly 2,000 scientists since 1982. Each year, thousands of researchers present at the Alzheimer’s International Conference and many publish in the scientific journal, Alzheimer’s & Dementia. The Association also has a professional society called the Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment, where scientists and researchers can get together and discuss.
The Association also plays a crucial role as an advocator. The organization’s goal is to make the disease and its cure a national priority. In order to do so, the Association coordinates policy resources like Alzheimer’s disease Facts and Figures that educate politicians and policy makers. The group also holds an annual march on Capitol Hill to talk with elected representatives.
Learn more about this honorable group by visiting www.alz.org.