National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)
NCoC pursues its mission through a nationwide network of partners involved in a cutting-edge civic health initiative and cross-sector conferences.
At the core of these joint efforts is the belief that every person has the ability to help their community and country thrive.
The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is dedicated to strengthening civic life in America. NCoC pursues its mission through a nationwide network of partners involved in a cutting-edge civic health initiative, its cross-sector conferences and engagement with a broad spectrum of individuals and organizations interested in utilizing civic engagement principles and practices to enhance their work. Connecting people for the purpose of strengthening civic life is its goal. At the core of itsjoint efforts is the belief that every person has the ability to help their community and country thrive.
Established in 1946, NCoC was chartered by Congress in 1953 to harness the patriotic energy and civic involvement surrounding World War II. Since 1953, the mission has been recognized by Congress as unique and in the public interest. In 2016, there were approximately 1.8 million nonprofits in America. Of that number, fewer than 100 are chartered by Congress.
In 2009, Congress named NCoC in the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, once again memorializing its important role. This legislation codified and expanded the Civic Health Initiative (CHI) in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service resulting in the nation’s largest and most definitive measure of civic engagement.
NCoC has been an important incubator for programs such as the Civic Data Challenge, The Civic 50, and Service Year Alliance. Each program has used data and 21st century tools to create collective impact efforts across the country.
Under the leadership of a committed board of directors who have ensured the financial viability of the organization, NCoC has hosted conferences since 1946 bringing together leaders in the civic engagement field to share experiences and challenge participants to be increasingly engaged.See more