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THE INSTITUTE FOR CITIZENS & SCHOLARS

Educating for Democracy Since 1945

aka WOODROW WILSON NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP FOUNDATION   |   Princeton, NJ   |  https://citizensandscholars.org/

Mission

The Institute for Citizens & Scholars cultivates talent, ideas, and networks that develop young people as effective, lifelong citizens.

Ruling year info

1971

President

Rajiv Vinnakota

Main address

104 Carnegie Center Suite 301

Princeton, NJ 08540 USA

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EIN

21-0703075

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

American constitutional democracy has always depended on citizens who understand its premise and promise, who seek out diverse perspectives and ideas, respect each other’s differences, and believe in a common future. Yet right now, the future of an effective democracy hangs in the balance. For instance, today fewer than 25% of students demonstrate competency in civics (NAEP); only 20% of Americans trust the government (Pew Research); and only 51.4% of people ages 18-24 voted in the 2020 election (U.S. Census Bureau). The growing divisiveness in the United States is palpable and alarming, fueled by disinformation, distrust, and disgust. Americans are drawing battlelines online, at school board meetings and college campuses, and in the treasured halls of our nation’s Capitol. This cultural, social, and political unraveling is driving government dysfunction, a deepening crisis of belonging, even fears of violent revolution.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Civic Spring Fellowship Program

The Civic Spring Fellowship Program is designed to support youth-led community initiatives across the country that bolster civic knowledge while also driving local policy change, increased voter registration, and trust in institutions.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Students

The Mellon Fellowships are designed to break down barriers to higher education and increase the presence of faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in the arts and humanities.

Population(s) Served


Leadership for Civic Preparedness in Higher Education is a series of projects and events with a range of leaders in higher education, diverse in institutional type and ideology, who believe that civic preparedness for the next generation is crucial to their work.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Academics

The Higher Ed Policy Fellowship fosters trust-based collaboration between top-level education leaders and policymakers to create thoughtful change in higher education.

Population(s) Served

The Women’s Studies Fellowship is the preeminent doctoral dissertation fellowship in the U.S. supporting humanities and social science research that addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Academics
Women

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

From FY 2021 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021)

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

If we are to find a peaceful path forward for our republic, we need a critical mass of effective citizens who are civically well-informed, productively engaged for the common good, and hopeful about the future of democracy.

Citizens & Scholars leverages our 75 years of unrivaled expertise and the ideologically diverse practitioners, business leaders, policy influencers, funders, and 27,000 world-leading Fellows in our network to tackle this challenge on a massive scale.

We approach this challenge through portfolios of work that drive youth civic development outcomes inside and outside the classroom, at the workplace, and within the community. We also invest in tools, research, policies, practices, and networks that scale the collective impact across the field of civic learning.

Each portfolio achieves specific outcomes through a mix of fellowship programs that select and invest in the country’s most promising talent, initiatives that connect and convene networks of unlikely allies, and investments in new ventures and tools that will spark democracy change on a massive scale.

Our overarching goal is that within 15 years a critical mass of Americans will be civically well-informed, productively engaged for the common good, and hopeful about democracy.

Developing youth as effective, lifelong citizens is a journey from adolescence through early adulthood and must reach beyond the walls of a classroom. Citizens & Scholars leverages our 75 years of unrivaled expertise and the ideologically diverse practitioners, business leaders, policy influencers, funders, and 27,000 world-leading Fellows in our network to tackle this challenge on a massive scale.

We approach this challenge through portfolios of work that drive youth civic development outcomes inside and outside the classroom, at the workplace, and within the community. We also invest in tools, research, policies, practices, and networks that scale the collective impact across the field of civic learning.

Each portfolio achieves specific outcomes through a mix of fellowship programs that select and invest in the country’s most promising talent, initiatives that connect and convene networks of unlikely allies, and investments in new ventures and tools that will spark democracy change on a massive scale.

Our current portfolios are Youth Civic Development, Higher Education & Campus Life, and Community & Workplace Civic Engagement. The Youth Civic Development portfolio tackles the severe underinvestment in civic learning by developing tools, networks, and direct services for millions of adolescents in America to build fundamental civic knowledge, skills, and attitudes. The Higher Education & Campus Life portfolio ensures young people seek information and ideas from a variety of sources and perspectives by supporting diverse scholars and higher education leaders who are making their fields and campuses more engaged and inclusive. The Community & Workplace Civic Engagement portfolio partners with business leaders and policymakers to implement practices and policies that strengthen youth civic participation at the workplace and within communities.

The Citizens & Scholars team brings experiences from Main Street to Wall Street and across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors. With support from our board of directors, a large network of ideologically diverse partners, and our community of 27,000 Fellows, we're developing an effective citizenry that strengthens democracy—together.

Citizens & Scholars has made tremendous progress toward our goals of developing an effective citizenry. Examples of recent programs we have designed, launched, or participated in across our three portfolios include:

Youth Civic Development Portfolio:

• The Civic Network, a new digital portal with self-directed learning experiences from leading civic learning
content providers to develop American middle and high school-age learners into engaged, responsible
citizens.

The Higher Education & Campus Life Portfolio:

• Leadership for Civic Preparedness in Higher Education, is a series of projects and events with a range of
leaders in higher education, diverse in institutional type and ideology, who believe that civic preparedness for
the next generation is crucial to their work.

• Higher Ed Media Fellowship, supports early- to mid-career journalists to provide richer and more
comprehensive media coverage on the most pressing stories in postsecondary education.

• Higher Ed Policy Fellowship, a trust-based collaboration between top-level education leaders and
policymakers to create thoughtful change in higher education.

• Mellon Fellowships, work to reduce barriers to higher education and increase the presence of faculty
members committed to eradicating racial disparities in the arts and humanities.

• Women’s Studies Fellowship, a doctoral dissertation fellowship to support humanities and social science
research that addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways.

The Community & Workplace Civic Engagement Portfolio

• Civic Spring Fellowship supports young people age 15-24 or members of youth-centered organizations who
are working on projects that address a local community need.

• Brewer Fellowship to Unite America, supports cross-partisan leaders in the democracy reform movement
building a more effective and transparent political system that functions for all Americans.

• Citizens & Scholars President Raj Vinnakota co-chairs the Civics & Civic Engagement Advisory Council of
America250, a congressional commission that encourages Americans to remember our past, celebrate the
present, and look forward to a promising future.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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THE INSTITUTE FOR CITIZENS & SCHOLARS

Board of directors
as of 12/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jane Donaldson

Phillips Oppenheim

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/18/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/18/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.