The foundation was chartered in 1995 as a 501 (c ) (3) corporation, originally as the Charlotte Veterans AssociationAs the scope of the programs grew, the name was changed to the Carolinas Freedom Foundation to better reflect the initiatives in which the Foundation is involved.  These range from Honoring our Veterans to Character Development programs within the schools.

Each year, the Carolinas Freedom Foundation sponsors nine programs and awards, most in partnership with some of Charlotte's most outstanding and community minded businesses. 
American Airlines Freedom Breakfast
Hearst Corporation Cadet Achievement Awards (JROTC)
Patriotic Art Competition and Exhibit (PACE)
Flags in Classrooms
Freedom Award
General Shelton Youth Leadership Challenge
American Airlines Salute to Veterans Parade
Patriotism Bowl
Wreath Laying Ceremony