Local Politics

North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation

Posted March 8, 2013 12:46 p.m. EST
Updated January 12, 2015 1:47 p.m. EST

As they describe themselves: Business and industry is the engine that drives North Carolina’s economy, and at the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation, we are constantly striving to provide cutting-edge political research to North Carolina’s business community in order to promote the free enterprise system and foster a positive business climate in North Carolina. More here.

On the web: www.ncfef.org

Affiliates and brands: NC Free Enterprise Foundation publishes and otherwise distributes information under its own brand. 

Network*: Pope

Funding: The foundation reported raising $350,030 in 2011. The Pope Foundation reports donating $125,000 of that.

IRS 990: North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation 2013 IRS 990

State Information: Click here for more information from the N.C. Secretary of State's office.

Lobbyist: The foundation has no registered lobbyists for the 2013 session. 

Media Profile: The foundation is the successor to N.C. Free, a now defunct group founded to give business leaders political intelligence. Although the foundation shares funding with conservative groups, it is known for its research analyzing campaign spending, voting trends and other political information from a dispassionate perspective. Its research director, Jonathan Kappler, is frequently quoted in news stories about elections and fundraising. Its director of lawmakers and other elected officials is a frequently-used tool for reporters and lobbyists working in and around the General Assembly. 


* Many of the public policy think tanks and advocacy groups active in North Carolina fall into one of two camps: A liberal circuit with ties to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and a conservative circuit with ties to the John William Pope Foundation. For more, click here.