Mission Statement

The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is a congressionally chartered organization dedicated to strengthening civic life in America. We pursue our mission through a nationwide network of partners involved in a cutting-edge civic health initiative and our cross-sector conferences. At the core of our joint efforts is the belief that every person has the ability to help their community and country thrive.

Charter History

Congress chartered NCoC in 1953 to harness the patriotic energy and civic involvement surrounding World War II. We’ve been dedicated to this charge ever since. In 2009, Congress named NCoC in the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, once again memorializing our important role. This legislation codified and expanded our Civic Health Initiative (CHI) helping it become the nation’s largest and most definitive measure of civic engagement.

Our Congressional Charter and What it Means to Us

In 2011, there are approximately 1.6 million nonprofits in America.* Of that number, only 94 are chartered by Congress. Since 1953, the mission of the National Conference on Citizenship has been recognized by Congress as unique and in the public interest. We don’t take our Congressional Charter lightly. We strive continually to have our works equal our reputation as a leading partner in the field. We honor our mission by serving our constituency with integrity and respect.

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NCoC Programs

NCoC’s Civic Health Index is at the center of our work. Leveraging civic data, we have partnered with dozens of states, cities, and issue groups to draft reports and action plans to strengthen civic life. This initiative has also been an important incubator for programs such as the Civic Data Challenge and The Civic 50. Each program has used data and 21st century tools to create locally led, collective impact across our country. By 2020, we plan to integrate this pioneering initiative into ongoing partnerships in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


The Annual Conference on Citizenship is NCoC’s signature event. Held in proximity to Citizenship Day (also known as Constitution Day), NCoC convenes leaders in the field of civic engagement to exchange information and to discuss ways to progress our shared mission of encouraging Americans to become fully involved citizens. In addition to the Annual Conference, NCoC partners with institutions to host and convene programs, events, webinars, and discussions throughout the year.

We are passionate about collaboration and civic health, and we hope you join us in strengthening our country.

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