Freedom Foundation of Minnesota (FFM)
The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota (FFM) is a 501(c)(3) organization that describes itself as “an independent, non-profit educational and research organization that actively advocates the principles of individual freedom, personal responsibility, economic freedom, and limited government.” 
Stance on Climate Change
“The climate change debate has been hopelessly politicized by organizations like Environment Minnesota that distort science in order to advance a narrow political agenda.” 
According to their website, “the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota does not accept any government grants or funding. Instead, we are proud to earn the trust and support of generous individuals, foundations, and corporations.” 
The following funding data comes from the Conservative Transparency project, which has compiled donations from publicly-available 990 tax forms. Note that not all values have been verified by DeSmog. 
See the attached spreadsheet for additional information on the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota's funding by year (.xlsx).
|Donors Capital Fund||$932,450|
|State Policy Network||$79,500|
|The Roe Foundation||$75,000|
|American Petroleum Institute||$10,000|
- Jonathan Blake — Vice President.
- Christina Pajak — Development Director.
- Tom Steward — Investigative Director.
- Evan Paskach — Research Associate.
Board of Directors
As of October, 2015: 
- Jack Meeks
- Brian Sullivan
- Tony Trimble
- Steve Knuth
- Dirk Bak
- Annette Meeks
- Vin Weber
Past Board Members
- Chris Georgacas
- Kristin Ostrander
March 21 - 23, 2012
In 2011, MPR and Slate magazine reported that FFM had hidden its connection to Minnesotans for Fair Redistricting, a group trying to influence state redistricting to favor Republican candidates. Annette Meeks maintained that she had no involvement in Minnesotans for Fair Redistricting, but FFM board member Chris Georgacas headed the group while another board member, attorney Tony Trimble, worked closely with its law firm to develop redistricting plans. , , 
June 30 - July 1, 2011
DeSmogBlog concluded that 17 of the 43 sponsors of the Heartland Institute's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change, including the Heartland Institute itself, had collectively received over $46 million from either Scaife Foundations, Koch Foundations, or ExxonMobil. 
May 16 - 18, 2010
October 18, 2009
The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota (FFM) hosted the Minnesota premiere of the film “Not Evil Just Wrong” which reported to reveal “true costs of global warming hysteria, and how extreme environmentalism threatens the livelihoods of hundreds of millions in the developed and developing world.” 
August 31, 2009
The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota (FFM) sponsored the “Minnesota Energy Citizens' Rally,” which brought people together to discuss how “Climate change legislation being considered in Washington DC means economic pain for Minnesota.” 
June 2, 2009
March 8 - 10, 2009
DeSmogBlog researched the conference's sponsors and found that sponsor organizations had received over $47 million in funding from energy companies and right-wing foundations, with 78% of that total coming from Scaife Family foundations. 
Freedom Foundation of Minnesota Contact & Location
As of June 2016, the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota listed the following contact information on its website: 
Freedom Foundation of Minnesota
520 Nicollet Mall, Suite 510
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Email: [email protected]
- State Policy Network (SPN) — Member. 
- Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity — Listed as “Statehouse News Bureau.” 
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4th International Conference on Climate Change Conference Program (PDF), The Heartland Institute.
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