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Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Founding Principles and History

  • Bala Cywnyd, PA
  • www.jackmillercenter.org

This organization is a 501(c)(3) Private Operating Foundation (This organization has notified the IRS of its intention to convert to a public charity, and the IRS has ruled that grantors and contributors may consider it a public charity for the purpose of making contributions to the organization.).

Mission Statement

The way we understand our freedoms and institutions is shaped by what is taught in our colleges and universities. But too few students have the opportunity to learn the principles that sustain those freedoms and institutions.

America's future depends on coming generations receiving precisely this education in order to restore a strong sense of national identity -- an identity founded on a commitment to the values of liberty, dignity and equality.

Our goal is for students to gain the knowledge necessary for informed civic engagement, to help ensure a future that preserves the freedoms envisioned by our nation's founders.

Our Strategy:

By building a community of professors who share our mission and work on campuses across the country, we expand student access to courses which are crucial to their growing into informed and engaged citizens. These dedicated professors are our primary engine for change and we host numerous programs that allow us to deepen our relationship with them, continue to support their important work, and help to support their career advancement.

We develop a network of partner programs that strengthen and sustain this education on campuses. On-campus programs serve as a hub for new course offerings, student and faculty events that engage participants in an important conversation about our nation's history and future, and reach out into high schools and local communities to expand our impact.

We have a number of national programs that reach beyond the scope of any individual professor or campus. Leveraging our expansive network of faculty partners and on-campus programs, these large events enable collaboration between professors spread across the country, all working together to ensure that students receive the best education possible to prepare them for active citizenship.

Finally, we support a community of donors with research and services that allow them to invest in higher education intelligently with an expectation of both doing good and achieving their individual goals.

Main Programs

  1. JMC Constitution Day Initiative
  2. JMC Partner Programs
  3. Annual Miller National Summit
  4. JMC Library Fellowships
  5. Postdoctoral Fellowships
  6. Summer Institutes
  7. Civic Education Outreach Program
Service Areas

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National

JMC programs serve colleges and universities throughout the United States.

In addition to our partner programs and faculty network which reaches nearly every state in the nation, we also have several regionally specific initiatives that leverage our resources to have a profound and specific impact in that area. Our original Chicago Initiative established a model for our Ohio Initiative and New York Initiative.

ruling year

2008

President

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Rear Admiral Michael Ratliff (ret.)

Keywords

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Higher Education, Civic Engagement, Citizenship, Political Theory, Founding Principles, American History

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EIN

26-1147689

 Number

0823628109

Also Known As

The Jack Miller Center

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (A05)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-PF.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Jack Miller Center promotes an education in the principles and history of the American Founding and political thought in order to foster an informed and engaged citizenry, capable of responsibly fulfilling their civic and personal duties. Without this education -- which is often overlooked or neglected -- students are ill-equipped to preserve the freedoms and flourishing that relies upon a well-functioning democracy. To that end, we support professors and on-campus programs to ensure that this crucial education is not neglected or overlooked.

Our network of partner faculty has grown to over 800 professors on more than 300 campuses, with 59 partner programs affiliated with the JMC. These professors have taught more than 675,000 students in over 17,000 courses on American ideas and institutions. A 2015 study by Huron Education demonstrated the significant impact JMC has had on advancing the careers of professors committed to educating their students in the principles of our democratic system and preparing them to be responsible citizens.

Programs

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

Program 1

JMC Constitution Day Initiative

In response to the federal law requiring colleges and universities receiving federal funding to host an event on or near September 17, JMC launched a program to support Constitution Day events. Lectures, debates, and panels featuring scholars, Supreme Court Justices and public intellectuals, including Antonin Scalia, Robert P. George, James Ceaser, a panel from the ACLU, Chief Judge Diane Wood, and many others.

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Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Adults

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Program 2

JMC Partner Programs

A key component of executing our mission is the establishment of an expansive network of partner programs. JMC Partner Programs are on-campus centers run by professors to support research into a wide array of fields related to American history and political thought, constitutionalism, free institutions and a free society.
Partner Programs may host lectures and readings groups, offer post-doctoral fellowships, develop new curriculum, and provide high quality course offerings. Both students and local communities benefit from the presence of one of our partner programs and the engaging inquiry into civic life and politics that they bring.

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Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years)

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Program 3

Annual Miller National Summit

The Annual Miller National Summit pulls together directors from our 59 partner programs for a three-day conference to discuss best practices, participate in seminars, and pull resources and experience in order to help each program provide students with the greatest opportunities and best programming. The Summits are an invaluable resource for these partner programs to improve and expand, as directors are given the opportunity to network, get new ideas, and learn how to better serve students and local high schools and communities.

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Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years)

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Program 4

JMC Library Fellowships

JMC Library Fellowships provide scholars the opportunity to explore rare and expansive collections of documents and manuscripts form the Founding era and beyond.

We have established partnerships with four of America's foremost independent research libraries: the Newberry Library in Chicago, the Huntington Library in San Marino (CA), the John D. Rockefeller Library in Colonial Williamsburg, and the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia.

These fellowships are crucial opportunities for professors to both advance their careers and contribute in valuable ways to research in their fields.

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Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Program 5

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Committed to supporting the careers of promising young scholars dedicated to advancing education in American political thought and history, JMC awards postdoctoral fellowships at several top universities across the country.

Recipients of the fellowships work closely with established professors a their university while they not only teach classes, but are also assured time for research and publishing -- though increasingly hard to find time to publish is essential to a young professor's success in an increasingly competitive academic job market. JMC postdoctoral fellows thus gain valuable teaching experience in exciting new courses under the mentorship of skilled professors, while also advancing both their careers and the field of study to which they are committed.

To date, JMC has awarded 153 postdoctoral fellowships.

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Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Program 6

Summer Institutes

Our bi-annual Summer Institutes, one for professors and one for graduate students, are hallmark JMC events. Hosting participants for a rigorous two-week institute covering a wide range of material relating to history and political theory, the Institutes are valuable professional development and networking opportunities for professors and graduate students. These Institutes provide busy professors a chance to carefully study material that they use in their classrooms in order to bolster their understanding and thereby improve their teaching. Of course, the ultimate goal of these institutes is enhancing the education that college students receive that will prepare them for responsible and engaged citizenship. Through these institutes, not only are careers and fields of study advanced, but civic life and the well-being of our democracy is promoted by preparing professors to return to their classrooms equipped to provide their students a robust and engaging education in American history and political thought.

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Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years)

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Program 7

Civic Education Outreach Program

Our first time reaching beyond the campus to the high school level, the Civic Education Outreach Program leverages our extensive network of donors and college professors to bring this crucial education to high school students and teachers.

The first arm of the CEOP is the Founding Civics Initiative, an ambitious undertaking based in Chicago that will train Chicagoland high school teachers to provide their students a civic education that will prepare them for active and engaged citizenship. The Initiative hosts high school teachers for an annual week-long seminar to study key texts and ideas from the Founding and discuss how to bring this education into the high school classroom. Founding Civics will produce a state of the art civics curriculum to be disseminated to Illinois high school teachers in order to help them meet the new state requirement to teach a civics course.

The second arm of the CEOP achieves a national impact, as JMC Partner Programs host on-campus teacher and student seminars. Some of these programs offer teachers a week-long seminar studying texts that influenced the Founders and discussing the implementation of these ideas into the high school classroom. Other programs host high school students for engaging college-level seminars investigating some of the key texts of the western tradition. Several programs focus on first-generation college-bound students in low income areas, and provide not only the seminar but also support with applying to colleges after the seminar concludes.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The JMC will continue its ambitious goals to educate ever more students in the principles and practices that sustain our democracy and preserve our freedoms by furthering our partnerships with professors and universities across the country. The ultimate goal of the JMC is a healthy and functioning democracy that benefits all citizens. Since so much of how we understand our freedoms, institutions and political participating depends upon our college education, we aim to cultivate this education at our nation's universities by supporting professors who are teaching there. We thus intend to see a more expansive network of JMC partner faculty preparing students for citizenship.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
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  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
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  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
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  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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Service Areas

Self-reported

National

JMC programs serve colleges and universities throughout the United States.

In addition to our partner programs and faculty network which reaches nearly every state in the nation, we also have several regionally specific initiatives that leverage our resources to have a profound and specific impact in that area. Our original Chicago Initiative established a model for our Ohio Initiative and New York Initiative.

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THE JACK MILLER CENTER FOR TEACHING AMERICA'S FOUNDING PRINCIPLES AND HISTOR
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Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Founding Principles and History

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President

Rear Admiral Michael Ratliff (ret.)

BIO

Prior to moving into the nonprofit higher education sector in 2000, Mike Ratliff served a distinguished 30-year naval career, retiring as Director of Naval Intelligence. He served at every level of responsibility including seven years at sea. As the Navy's top intelligence officer, he was responsible for 17,000 personnel and a budget of $1.9 billion. Admiral Ratliff received his bachelor's from Towson University, studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics, was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Johns Hopkins, and a Capstone Fellow at the National Defense University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jack Miller

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