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The Civic Trust®

The Civic Trust® is a nonpartisan educational initiative dedicated to enhancing civic literacy, skills, and participation across schools, workplaces, and communities. Through programs like the National Civics Bee®, we partner with state and local chambers, businesses, policymakers, and community leaders to offer dynamic opportunities that aim to nurture active citizenship and inspire future leaders.

The National Civics Bee® is an annual competition that encourages young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities.

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We celebrated Constitution Week by hosting a special naturalization ceremony at our headquarters to welcome America’s newest citizens. Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Isabella Casillas Guzman addressed the group, as well as Hakki Akdeniz, a once-homeless immigrant turned successful entrepreneur.

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Senior Contributor Frederick Hess covers the National Civics Bee®.

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Meet the National Civics Bee® Winners

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Daniels Fund

The Daniels Fund announced it will grant the U.S. Chamber Foundation $4.5 million to scale the National Civics Bee® – an initiative to promote greater civic knowledge among young people, their families, and communities. The three-year grant will enable the Foundation to expand the Bees to all 50 states and host a national championship by 2026, coinciding with the 250th birthday of the U.S.

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

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