It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the Civic Innovators Forum, an invitation-only pre-conference event to the 65th Annual National Conference on Citizenship. Registration is available at

The Forum will be held on September 16 at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The day will begin with the Case Foundation hosting a discussion on the role of citizen-centered participation in cultivating civic engagement in communities and developing solutions to society’s pressing problems. Over lunch, we’ll discuss the role of the corporate sector in addressing community problems and the evolution of corporate citizenship. Then, PACE-Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement will host members of the last four Presidential administrations to discuss how they have worked with the field of philanthropy on a civic engagement agenda and what this evolving relationship can and should look like.

We’ll end the day with a fun reception hosted by SplashLife in which we will discuss how to support and empower the pro-social Millennial generation and its over-abundance of extraordinary but largely untapped talent to help rebuild the American dream.

The Forum will lay the foundation for the 65th Annual National Conference on Citizenship, being held the next day, September 17, at the Library of Congress. Our theme, “BIG Citizenship: Citizens as Catalysts and Innovators” will showcase ways individuals everywhere are self-organizing to meet community needs while demanding transparency and accountability from government and greater social responsibility from corporations.

As you know, the conference is an annual event that focuses on the state of civic engagement in America, and brings together 450 civic leaders, educators, CEOs, and representatives from each of the three branches of government to address issues related to our nation’s civic health. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participate in a keynote conversation, and we will present the “Citizen of the Year” award to TIME Magazine Managing Editor Rick Stengel. We will also discuss our nation’s Civic Health Assessment, produced for the first time in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service.

We would be honored to have you participate in both the Civic Innovators Forum and the 65th Annual National Conference on Citizenship. Registration is complimentary and available at Thank you for your consideration. We hope you will be able to join us for this exciting event.


Christopher T. Gates
Executive Director
Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement

David B. Smith
Executive Director
National Conference on Citizenship

Jean Case
The Case Foundation

Melissa Helmbrecht