About Us

Since 1997, the Institute for Civility has been working to promote civility—in government, workplaces, schools, and anywhere people gather to live, learn, work, and play. In 2023, we updated our name from the Institute for Civility in Government to better reflect the broad scope of our reach.

We are a grassroots, non-partisan, non-profit organization that is building civility in a society that all too often seems tilted toward uncivil speech and actions. The Institute does not endorse any political candidate, nor do we take a position on any issue. We are about process, not positions. Not a think tank and not a watchdog organization, we serve as a catalyst for change.

Our Why

Mission Statement

The Institute for Civility is dedicated to reducing polarization by facilitating dialogue, teaching respect, and building civility in both public and private spheres.

We focus on two key threats to civic life in the United States: (1) persistent and growing polarization along lines of race, class, religion, age, and ideology; and, (2) lack of participation in government at all levels—local, state, and national. Apathy and antipathy put our nation at risk. Therefore, we strive to educate Americans about their role in civil society and equip them to participate effectively in it.

Our Hope


We see a day when civility is the norm for all of us where we live, work, and play. Our vision is to support all people in improving civility in their communities, workplaces, government, and world.


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