Frequently Asked Questions
What is BRI’s mission?
The Bill of Rights Institute engages, educates, and empowers individuals with a passion for the freedom and opportunity that exist in a free society.
The Institute envisions a society in which all individuals enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is a society in which:
- Students engage with and champion these rights for themselves and others.
- Teachers educate students to seek knowledge and tackle challenges with these rights in mind.
- Parents empower their children to apply these rights in their own lives through interaction, example, and dialogue.
Are you politically aligned? Do you have a political agenda?
No. The Bill of Rights Institute does not take partisan positions and neither opposes nor endorses any candidate for public office or any political platform. All Bill of Rights Institute resources are animated by the ideas of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and are not aligned to the dictates of any external entity. All of our materials are held to a strict standard of academic integrity.
Do you teach only the Bill of Rights?
No. Our materials and programs encompass American history, government, and civics. All of our resources and programs are rooted in the principles of the Founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
Do you offer programs for students?
Yes. We offer a variety of programs, resources, and scholarship opportunities for middle and high school students.
Do you offer professional development opportunities for teachers?
Yes. We offer professional development for middle and high school teachers including a week-long summer institute in the Washington, D.C. area and free day-long seminars and weekend colloquia at various locations throughout the country.
Does the Institute offer programs in my part of the country?
The Bill of Rights Institute is prepared to bring our resources and knowledge to your school to ensure your social studies educators are better equipped for educating young minds about the Founding and the Constitution. Fill out a professional development request and one our staff members will be in touch with you soon!
Do your resources cost anything?
All Bill of Rights Institute resources are free to teachers and students. In order to better serve those using our resources, we ask anyone using Documents of Freedom or Voices of History to sign up for a free account.
Who funds you?
Since its founding in 1999, the Bill of Rights Institute has received funding from over 13,000 individuals, corporations, and foundations including more than 3,500 in 2018. Among the foundations who currently support our curricular resources and programs are the following:
- Daniels Fund
- Allegheny Foundation
- Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation
- Albert and Ethel Herzstein Foundation
- Armstrong Foundation
- The Achelis and Bodman Foundation
- F.M. Kirby Foundation
- Charles Koch Foundation
- Abell-Hanger Foundation
- Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust
- Triad Foundation
- Anschutz Foundation
- Gordon Cain Foundation
How can I donate to the Bill of Rights Institute?
The Bill of Rights Institute’s impact on our nation’s civic knowledge and engagement is made possible by the generosity of donors like you. There are several ways to support the Institute. You can support us by giving online or making an in-kind donation, planned gift, or gift of appreciated stock. Grant making foundations and corporate sponsors also play an important role in the Bill of Rights Institute’s work and we welcome their support.
Is my gift tax-deductible?
The Institute is categorized under the IRS tax code section 501(c)(3) as a public charity. As such your support is deductible in accordance with current IRS guidelines.
What does my donation fund?
Your investment helps students across the country develop an appreciation for our Founding principles. We achieve this through direct student programs, investing in teacher development, and through producing historically-accurate resources that are rooted in primary source documents.
Can I visit your offices or programs?
We are always excited to meet the supporters who make our work possible! If you would like to visit our offices or attend a program, please contact Chris Janson, Manager of Marketing and Communications.