The Civic Trust is a community of problem solvers that provides the opportunity for all citizens to engage in a new form of Public Service as “Citizen Leaders”. Civic Trusts are successfully operating in several major cities from Newark to Philadelphia, with countrywide expansion now underway. Civic Trustees gather in a No-Blame environment to research and advance practical solutions to better their communities and our Country. They work together under the principles of The Civic Pledge.

The Civic Pledge

I pledge:
  • To leave my community and my country better than I found them
  • To search for solutions instead of simply pointing out problems
  • To work on solutions that are “doable,” that are cost-effective and based on evidence of success
  • To pursue the adoption of solutions with a No-Blame approach
See how Civic Trustees are working to transform their city in Newark, NJ:


Civic Trustees

Civic Trustees have an impressive track record finding solutions to problems in their own cities and towns. Learn how they do it and become a citizen leader in yours. All it takes is caring about your community and the desire to seek practical solutions instead of pointing fingers and assigning blame. Training is free. Your commitment to service is enough.


The Qualities of Civic Trusteeship

Leadership is demonstrated in many ways. You don’t need to hold office or run a company to be considered a leader. Civic Trustees are leaders in their community who have been successful in helping other people to accomplish a goal. This sort of leadership can come from coaching or captaining a team, starting a club, or managing a community project. There is no one way to lead, so please share your unique experience with us.

Civic Trustees have a special relationship with their city. Whether you live, work, or attend school there, all Civic Trustees share a passion and commitment to making their city stronger than it is today.

We look forward to getting to know you and hope to hear your pragmatic solutions for your City as a Civic Trustee.