For Immediate Release

David Tritelli
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs
202-888-0811 (office)
Dylan Joyce
Project Associate, Bringing Theory to Practice Project

Bringing Theory to Practice Project Awarded Funding to Support The Civic Series and Related Projects

Dec 14, 2012

Awards from the Lumina Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Teagle Foundation, and the William and Mary Greve Foundation, with matching funds from the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation and the S. Engelhard Center, to support publication of five monographs in The Civic Series, and a series of civic seminars held on campuses around the country

Washington, DC—The Bringing Theory to Practice Project (BTtoP) announced today the receipt of $340,000 in funding from the Lumina Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Teagle Foundation, and the William and Mary Greve Foundation (with matching funds from the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation and the S. Engelhard Center) to support the publication and distribution of four new monographs in The Civic Series. The first monograph in the series, Civic Provocations, was published in April, 2012.

The Civic Series (General Series Editor Barry Checkoway, University of Michigan) is a planned five-volume series of monographs designed to deepen understanding of the nature and extent of "the civic," its theory and practice, and its expression in our democracy and in higher education. The Civic Series offers original and challenging contributions from eminent scholars and educational leaders—including both national and international authors. The Civic Series addresses the challenges and the opportunities presented by various meanings and practices of "the civic" in the 21st century. The five volumes are specifically designed to be used by faculty, administrators, and students to strengthen and assist in more fully realizing the institution's civic mission and thereby affecting the civic purposes of higher education.

The Civic Series

Volume I

Civic Provocations, Donald W. Harward, ed. (appeared April 2012)

Volume II

Civic Values and Civic Practices, Donald W. Harward, ed. (expected summer 2013)

Volume III

Civic Studies, Peter Levine & Karol Sołtan, eds. (expected fall 2013)

Volume IV

Civic Learning and Teaching, Ashley Finley, ed. (expected winter 2014)

Volume V

Civic Renewal of Higher Education, Alice (Jill) Reich, ed. (expected spring 2014)

Funding will also extend the reach of The Civic Series by supporting grants to institutions to sponsor civic seminars designed to stimulate the translation of campus conversations to actions. Funding is made possible to support hundreds of colleges and universities of all types willing to sponsor action-oriented seminars utilizing any part of The Civic Series. The Civic Series monographs will be available in print and free of charge in electronic formats, assuring the widest use possible.  

BTtoP and the S. Engelhard Center are grateful for the generous support of The Civic Series by the following foundations:

Founded in 1952 by Christian A.Johnson, The Endeavor Foundation is dedicated to the life of the mind and the spirit. It has focused its attention primarily on the field of education, especially liberal arts education, which liberates the best in human imagination and action. The Foundation has also made significant contributions in the arts, projects that assist independent states in the formerly Soviet-dominated region of Central and Eastern Europe, Native American projects, and civic programs in New York City. Most recently the Foundation has concentrated its efforts on supporting the creation of three liberal arts colleges in Central and Eastern Europe.

The Charles Engelhard Foundation is a New York-based foundation whose mission focuses on projects in higher and secondary education, cultural, medical, religious, wildlife and conservation organizations.

Lumina Foundation, an Indianapolis-based private foundation, is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college—especially 21st-century students: low-income students, students of color, first-generation students, and adult learners. Lumina's goal is to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina pursues this goal in three ways: by identifying and supporting effective practice, through public policy advocacy, and by using our communications and convening power to build public will for change. For more information, visit

The Spencer Foundation was established in 1962 by Lyle M. Spencer. The Foundation received its major endowment upon Spencer's death in 1968 and began formal grant making in 1971. Since that time, the Foundation has made grants totaling approximately $250 million. The Foundation is intended, by Spencer's direction, to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. From the beginning, the Foundation has been dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to the improvement in education. The Foundation is thus committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities.

The Teagle Foundation provides leadership for liberal education, mobilizing the intellectual and financial resources that are necessary if today's students are to have access to a challenging and transformative liberal education. The Foundation's commitment to such education includes its grantmaking to institutions of higher education across the country, its long-established scholarship program for the children of employees of ExxonMobil, and its work helping economically disadvantaged young people in New York City—where the Foundation is based—gain admission to college and succeed once there.

The William and Mary Greve Foundation, based in New York City, supports a range of interests from public education to land protection. The foundation has been a steady supporter of the work of the Bringing Theory to Practice Project since its inception in 2002.

BTtoP is a member of the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Action Network, and has enjoyed a partnership with AAC&U since BTtoP's founding in 2002. The CLDE Network includes thirteen leading civic learning organizations that are committed to making civic inquiry and engagement expected rather than elective for all college students.

For more information and a full list of those receiving grants from the Bringing Theory to Practice Project, visit