National Constitution Center
Established by the Constitution Heritage Act of 1988, the National Constitution Center is the first and only institution in America chartered by Congress to “disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.” Built on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall through a public-private partnership, the Constitution Center opened in 2003 as an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. In 2013, the Center rededicated itself to the three goals spelled out in its congressional charter, namely: to serve as a center of exhibits and related materials on the history and contemporary significance of the Constitution; to direct a national program of public education on the Constitution; and to function as an intellectual center, drawing both academics and practitioners to debate constitutional issues. In other words, the Constitution Center’s mandate is to engage the nation and the world as the Museum of We the People, a national Headquarters for Civic Education, and America’s Town Hall. The Laura and Gary Lauder Family Venture Philanthropy Fund has supported the National Constitution Center with grants totaling $200,000 and Laura has served on its board since 2013.