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.
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The National Civics Bee is an annual competition that encourages young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities.
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.
Our Impact in Stories
National Civics Bee Expands to 28 States to Address Growing Civics Education Crisis
Middle school students can apply today. Finalists will receive free access to Khanmigo, Khan Academy’s AI-powered tutor, to study civics.
Unlocking Our Future: Why We All Need to Learn About Civics
By Michael Carney
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.
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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A strong business community matters to the nation because the private sector produces the goods, services, and jobs that society needs to survive and thrive, individually and collectively. Moreover, the private sector-led economic activity provides the revenue to fund the public sector in its vital role in the country.