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The Civic Education Program at The Philanthropy Roundtable

The Roundtable’s Civic Education Program aims to equip donors to give wisely in charitable efforts to strengthen the American people’s knowledge and understanding of core constitutional principles. These include separation of powers, checks and balances, federalism, equality under the rule of law, and First Amendment rights.

Specific projects beyond this guide include:

  • Identifying and inspiring philanthropy to fill gaps in constitutional education where new organizations and/or initiatives would be helpful:

    • Adult education in civic knowledge—increasing both demand and supply.
    • Understanding what works through longitudinal studies of knowledge retention.
    • Reform of teacher credentialing and preservice requirements for civics teachers.
    • Address missed opportunities. For example:
      • More prominent, more frequent celebration of naturalization of new citizens.
      • Alumni and ambassadorship programs to extend organizations’ short-term programs.
  • Exploring city-level work with donors/foundations, practitioners, and public officials to create national models for civic education about core constitutional principles, for instance in Philadelphia, as part of the preparation for the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026.
  • Convening meetings of donors and foundation representatives to evaluate philanthropic and practitioner strategies.The first is a pre-conference on constitutional education, Investing in Civic Renaissance, on October 23, 2019, immediately before our 2019 Annual Meeting in Carlsbad, California.

Please contact Adam Kissel at the Roundtable to learn more and to discuss how to maximize your own philanthropic strategies, or visit the Roundtable’s Civic Education Program website at

Mr. Kissel is available at 202.600.7916 or

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