Civic Education Session Recaps

The Philanthropy Roundtable's Civic Education Program connects donors with strategies, organizations, and projects most likely to increase civic literacy and appreciation of core constitutional principles, such as separation of powers, checks and balances, the rule of law, federalism, the equal protection of the laws, the First Amendment, and the fundamental rights and civic responsibilities of American citizenship. Here is the full recap of civic education sessions from our 2018 Annual Meeting:

The Future of the First Amendment

Today’s young people will shape the future of free expression and the First Amendment in the U.S. As an organization fundamentally committed to supporting the First Amendment, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation regularly surveys high school and college students on the issue of free speech. In recent years, these surveys have shown a marked shift in how young people weigh the trade-offs associated with different forms of expression and the impact of digital forms of expression and communication. Sam Gill of the Knight Foundation analyzed these findings and what they mean for the future of campus expression. Listen to the audio here.


Sam Gill
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The Federalist Society as a Model

Colleges and universities in the U.S. raised $43.6 billion in charitable contributions in 2017. Yet higher education donors frequently question whether their generous gifts are making a difference in improving campus culture and protecting intellectual diversity. This session highlighted the Federalist Society, the Adam Smith Society, and the Alexander Hamilton Society, three chapter-based organizations that are changing the climate on our nation’s campuses by fostering robust debate and building student leaders committed to constitutional principles, economic freedom, and a strong national defense. Listen to the full audio here.


Left to right: Richard Graber, Gabriel Scheinmann, Eugene Meyer, Vanessa Mendoza
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