Frequently Asked Questions
What is Liberty Institute?
Liberty Institute is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization committed to defending and restoring religious liberty across America—in our schools, for our churches and throughout the public arena. Our vision is to reestablish religious liberty in accordance with the principles of our Founding Fathers.
When was Liberty Institute founded?
Liberty Institute was founded as Free Market Foundation in 1972, as a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting freedoms and strengthening families. In 1997, we added our legal division, once known as Liberty Legal Institute. In 2009, we brought our policy and legal division together under one name – Liberty Institute.
How is Liberty Institute different from other nonprofit legal groups?
In addition to our team of full-time constitutional attorneys, we also work with many top litigators in the country who volunteer their time to help advance the mission of defending our nation’s first freedom. We understand how important it is to work with local attorneys who have intimate knowledge of their communities, and can rally support for the cause of advancing religious freedom.
Does Liberty Institute charge for services?
Liberty Institute is a nonprofit legal organization that offers assistance to individuals, groups and churches pro bono, so they can thrive without fear of having their constitutional freedoms, and God-given inalienable rights, denied.
What is Liberty Institutes success rate?
Liberty Institute has the highest win rate of any legal organization in the United States. We have an unprecedented track record of protecting and defending religious liberty in America. We have participated in – and have won – numerous cases before the United States Supreme Court, Federal Courts of Appeals, Federal District Courts and various state courts.
What is “Don’t Tear Me Down”?
Liberty Institute launched the “Don’t Tear Me Down” campaign to help stop the ACLU and other anti-religious freedom groups from denying Americans their constitutional rights to religious expression in the public square. Right now, Liberty is battling the ACLU, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation to prevent them from tearing down veteran’s memorials that contain religious imagery – such as the Mt. Soledad and the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial. Liberty also defends organizations like Sports Fan Outreach International so they can freely share the Gospel at major sporting events. To learn more, visit www.DontTearMeDown.org. Download the song, “Don’t Tear Me Down”, and please give a tax-deductible contribution to help us defend and restore religious liberty in America.
How can I stay updated on what Liberty is working on?
You can stay up-to-date on Liberty Institute’s current cases by signing up for our weekly email alert at the top of this page. You can also “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
How can I request legal help?
Request Legal Help or contact Vallene Hendrix.
I would like someone from Liberty Institute to speak at my organization’s event…who can I contact?
If you are interested in having someone from Liberty Institute speak at your event, you can request a speaker or contact Lisa Patterson.
How can I contribute to Liberty Institute?
You can help Liberty Institute in our fight to defend and restore our nation’s first freedom when you:
- Pray: Your prayerful support is critical. We encourage you to join us in prayer and lift up the cause of protecting religious liberty. If you would like to be added to our prayer team, please email Larissa Daggett to receive the weekly list of needs.
- Share: Please share Liberty Institute and our mission to defend religious liberty with your friends and family. By spreading the word and linking together, we can restore our nation to the principles of our Founding Fathers.
- Give: Join the fight with your gift now. Every dollar will help defeat new and dangerous attacks on our religious freedom.