Here are some frequently asked questions about the LFDA and its operations.

General Questions
Why was the Live Free or Die Alliance formed?
The Live Free or Die Alliance was formed to make citizen engagement easier in NH, based on the premise that greater engagement on the part of citizens leads to a better government.

Why now?
Consider that most NH citizens are unaware of the large number of issues that affect them and where their elected officials stand on these issues. Prior to 1985, the NH Legislature reviewed 250 bills per year, but today there are over 1,100 and this number doesn't even take local issues into account.

Due to busy lifestyles and changes in communication, NH citizens are less informed and engaged than ever before. For this reason, the Founding Members want to bolster the role of active citizens that has long been a cornerstone of NH's proud and storied past. NH citizens need tools that can keep them connected, active, and able to make an impact on their government and the LFDA provides these citizenship tools.

Is the Live Free or Die Alliance truly nonpartisan?
The Live Free or Die Alliance is vigorously nonpartisan with an emphasis on citizen engagement, not politics. The LFDA is not against political parties, rather it welcomes people from all political parties and independents with a variety of views, for this is the source of energy and ideas that will help solve national, state, and local problems and advance our nation. It is important to note that the LFDA Founding Members represent the full range of political philosophies.

Unfortunately, our country is in the grips of a hyperpartisanship epidemic that is taking political polarization to an extreme. Public opinion polls confirm that many citizens believe political parties sometimes do more to confuse the issues than to clarify them and the number of independents is growing.

The LFDA offers a solution as an objective source of information about NH issues and candidates and a civil forum for citizens to find common ground. The LFDA provides an alternative to spin and biased information to break down the barriers of partisanship.

Isn't this just another anti-tax group?
The LFDA does not take a pro or con position on any policy issue, including taxes. Rather, our organization supports the following:

  • Citizen engagement
  • Keeping well informed
  • Expressing views
  • Volunteering
  • Informed voting

What makes this effort unique?
The LFDA takes no policy positions and endorses no candidates, it is truly the servant of the citizen. The LFDA is member driven. Members set the agenda, propose and debate issues, and take action as individuals. The LFDA is the only initiative serving the people of NH by providing tools to make citizen engagement easier.

How does the LFDA pursue its mission?
The LFDA reaches out to a very broad community, connecting with citizens through its website, online forums, and face-to-face meetings. By providing objective information not just on the issues but on political candidates, the LFDA will succeed in its mission. By harnessing technology, the LFDA is active citizenship for the 21st century.

How broad and diverse is the membership body going to be of NH people?
One of the unique aspects of the LFDA membership is the great diversity of its Founding Members and current membership. The LFDA not only welcomes people from all political parties and philosophies, but believes that this very diversity will make our state and communities stronger and more vibrant. Everyone is welcome.

Whose idea was it to form this group?
In 2008, a small group of NH citizens of various political persuasions felt that "citizen engagement" was being confused with "politics." Our citizens had become disenchanted with politicians and had checked out, thereby neglecting their civic duty to help define government policies. The Founding Members decided to try to give NH citizens the tools to make citizen engagement easier and separate it from the realm of politics by providing objective information on the issues and give citizens a voice in policy deliberations.

The Founding Members felt that taking on a challenge like this at the national level would be impossible, but that hyperpartisanship was not so severe in NH and that the state was compact enough to enhance the odds of success.

What is the legal status of this effort?
The LFDA is a New Hampshire not-for-profit organization and is an approved federal 501(c)3 public charity. That is, contributions to support the LFDA are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

Are there any out of state forces driving this group?
No. The LFDA is NH based and managed. 

Isn't the phrase "Live Free or Die" outdated?
It is still very much alive. It has been the state's motto since 1945 and it belongs to all NH citizens. In a Becker Poll dated March 2008, the year when the LFDA was founded, 76% of those interviewed approved of the "Live Free or Die" concept, including over 80% of young people.

Membership Questions
How can people join?
Through our website: www.lfda.org or snail mail to: PO Box 264, Freedom, NH 03836

Are there dues? How much does it cost to join?
It costs nothing to join, but the LFDA relies on donations to carry on its mission. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, your donation is tax deductible to the extent of the law. If you would like to make a donation, click here

How is this group going to grow?
Through word of mouth and modern communication efforts, i.e. website, email, other media. The LFDA has continuously grown since its inception, and is now the largest nonpartisan community of its kind in NH. 

What is a Member?
Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) Members are individuals who share the goals of the LFDA, support its principles, and have provided contact information to the LFDA. Members can be people who register through the website, people who join the LFDA directly by phone, e-mail, or snail mail or people who interact with us through social media. For more information on membership, click here.

Members who want to interact and join in on discussions on our website need to register their membership through the website.

What is a Founding Member?
An individual who has helped structure and launch the LFDA. For more information, see About LFDA

What is the Live Free or Die Alliance Council?
A group of Regular Members throughout the state who have volunteered to be active in the Alliance by organizing and leading activities in their communities.

What is the role of the Board of Directors?
Oversight of the Live Free or Die Alliance as an entity. The LFDA agenda is set by the members. For more information, see About LFDA

Will the LFDA have a social aspect?
Yes, Membership meetings, Council meetings, debates and any other activities desired by the members for camaraderie and enjoyment

Funding and Budget
Who is funding this effort? How is it going to sustain itself and be successful?
Funding is through members’ voluntary contributions (and these are tax deductible to the extent of the law), as well as by corporate sponsors and some foundation grants. Donors and sponsors are listed on our website and exercise no special influence on content. We also receive some funding through the sale of LFDA clothing and accessories at our store. The LFDA is also sustained by its unpaid volunteers.

Will the LFDA advertise?
Yes, if necessary, to promote outreach for new members

What are the expenses of the LFDA?
Annual expenses will support our small staff and operations. Click here for more details.

Does the LFDA have an office? Staff?
The LFDA has a small staff responsible for administration, technology, and editorial content. We work in donated office space. However, the organization is also driven by volunteers. 

Is the LFDA going to lobby certain laws?
LFDA does not lobby. It provides information to its members; the members will do the lobbying on issues that concern them if they are so inclined. The LFDA will amplify citizen opinions on issues through its Citizen Voices, which are sent to media and government officials on behalf of our members. 

Is the LFDA going to target candidates in NH elections?
No, the LFDA is a civic, not a political entity-it will provide honest, nonpartisan information to voters on candidates and elected officials as they relate to issues in the state, but will not endorse candidates.

Is this a conservative or liberal group?
A NH group - all political philosophies are welcome and we encourage a diversity of views.

Will this group be more visible during state elections?
It will be visible at all times.

Does this group have any major political support?
The LFDA is not about politics, it is vigorously nonpartisan, but we are confident that many public servants will subscribe to our principles, and we welcome them as members.

Does the LFDA need volunteers?
Volunteers are essential to the vitality of the LFDA-it is a citizen driven, member-driven organization.

What do volunteers do?
Volunteers help edit issues, conduct research, organize events, recruit members, maintain and monitor the website and social media, update merchandise and promote the Alliance in their local community. Click here to volunteer.

Why should I volunteer?
Volunteering with the LFDA will allow you to become an engaged citizen, fulfilling your civic responsibilities to help shape our democratic government in a most effective manner.

What are the benefits of volunteering?
A 2007 study concluded that volunteering "leads to a sense of greater self-worth and trust" and "when individuals volunteer, they are more likely to live longer." Sounds good, doesn't it? Click here to learn more. 

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