Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Bill of Rights Institute?
Established in September 1999, the Bill of Rights Institute is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization, a public charity. The Institute develops instructional materials and educational programs that engage students and teachers with America’s Founding documents and principles.
What does the Bill of Rights Institute do?
The Bill of Rights Institute seeks to engage, educate, and empower individuals with the ideas of liberty through the programs, resources, and events we produce. The Institute has assembled a talented team to create each of our programs, including a full-time staff with more than 100 years combined experience in the classroom. In addition, we partner with experts, including outstanding secondary school teachers; academics from the fields of American history, political science, and constitutional law; video producers; web site designers; and evaluation and curriculum experts.
For more information on specific programs and resources, visit:
What is your political affiliation?
The Bill of Rights Institute, our programs, and our resources, do not affiliate with, align with, promote, or represent any political party. For more information, visit our Statement of Academic Integrity.
Where does your funding come from?
The Bill of Rights Institute is grateful for the nearly 10,000 individuals, foundations, and corporations that have invested in our work over the last fifteen years.
For more information on our donors and where your contribution goes, along with ways that you can support our work, visit About My Donation.
What is your philosophy about teachers?
The Bill of Rights Institute team knows first-hand how valuable, amazing, awesome, and yes, even heroic educators are. We are so proud to work with more than 50,000 individual educators nationwide as they seek on a daily basis to impact the lives of individual students.
Why do you want my information and how will information you collect from me be used?
The Bill of Rights Institute respects individuals’ concerns about the privacy of their information. We collect basic information to better provide you with the programs, products, and resources you want. We seek to engage teachers and students with the Founding principles through our classroom based programs and our student-centered opportunities and therefore want to ensure we have:
(1) Confirmed participation in specific activities, and
(2) Connected with individuals regarding scholarships, internships, and other great activities we know they wouldn’t want to miss.
For more detailed information on how your information will be used, visit our Privacy Statement.
Do you only offer programs and resources related to the Bill of Rights?
No! Our programs and resources are based on primary sources that include everything from the Magna Carta to modern legislation.
Do you offer elementary or middle school resources?
Yes, we offer an elementary resource called The Founding Documents: A Three Act Drama. We have several resources that can be used with middle school students, including Being An American: Exploring the Ideals that Unite Us, Preserving the Bill of Rights, Faces of Freedom, Media and American Democracy, Conflict and Continuity, and Bill of Rights and You: Rights and Responsibilities.
Why don’t you come to my area for a Constitutional Seminar?
We would love to come to your area! If you have ideas about how to get a seminar funded in your area, please contact Laura Vlk.
Why didn’t I get into Founders Fellowship or Constitutional Academy?
We receive hundreds of applications for Founders Fellowship and Constitutional Academy. With only 40-70 spots available in the programs, we must review applications very closely. Since we do not accept the same people to the same program again, we suggest applying again in the future.
How can I help spread the word about your work?
We encourage you to promote our programs and resources! You can:
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Send an email to your friends, family, and colleagues linking them to our websites.
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