An initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

We're in the Business of Democracy

The Civic Trust® is a nonpartisan educational initiative focused on elevating civics as a national priority with programs that advance and promote civic knowledge in schools, workplaces, and communities.

Test Your Civics Knowledge
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Why Does Civics Matter?

“Typically, GDP is highest in countries that have the most stable political systems. So it’s important never to take our political system for granted, and that means—among many other things—we need to ensure strong civics programs in our schools. ”

David A. Moss
the Paul Whiton Cherington Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School

Civics In Action

  • Engaging Congress - The Perfect Learning Tool For This Year

    The ability to effectively employ distance-learning tools has never been more critical than now, and that's where Engaging Congress fits perfectly. Engaging Congress is a free, interactive edu-tainment tool that can be used anywhere, on smartphones, tablets, or desktop and laptop computers. UI Center on Representative Goverment September 27, 2021

  • About The Constitutional Rights Foundation

    CRF is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization dedicated to educating America's young people about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society. Constitutional Rights Foundation September 27, 2021

  • Reimagining Civic Education

    Civics champions equitable, non-partisan civic education so that the practice of democracy is learned by each new generation. We work to inspire life-long civic engagement by providing high-quality and engaging civics resources to teachers and students across our nation. iCivics September 27, 2021

What Could More Civics Education

  • Happier school environments where learning is interactive and collaborative, and students and teachers can focus on growth and discovery.
  • More productive and focused workplaces where employers and employees experience less polarization and animosity.
  • Better interactions less strained by the pitched political arguments of the day.
  • Participatory democracy with more people playing an active part in voting, organizing, and cultivating the communities they want to live in.
  • A responsive government attuned to the wishes of its people.
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The Business Case for Civics Education

Civic Learning isn't just limited to the classroom—it occurs at school, at home, and at work, too. Because workplaces are one place where all races, religions, and ages congregate, businesses are uniquely positioned to help ensure that the next generation of Americans has the knowledge, skills, and disposition to take a productive role in civic life. To read more on the business case for civics education, download the Harvard Business Review white paper.

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Explore Civics

We've compiled helpful resources on civics engagement for teachers, students, and business leaders.


“The evidence is clear: informed and active citizens make for a strong country, a strong economy, and a strong workforce. Our continued prosperity depends on the strength of all three, and so does the long-term health of America’s economy.”

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Carolyn Cawley President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation