About DAR

Constitution HallThe DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.

DAR members volunteer millions of service hours annually in their local communities, including supporting active duty military personnel and assisting veteran patients, awarding  thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and supporting schools for underserved children with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.

As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts over 175,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. Any woman eighteen years or older — regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background — who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.

NSDAR is exempt from federal income taxes under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and receives no government funding.


DAR Facts

Founded:   October 11, 1890
Incorporated 1896 by an Act of Congress
Objectives:   Historic Preservation, Education, Patriotism
Motto:   God, Home, and Country
  * 185,000 members.
* 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.; International chapters in Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom.
* More than 1,000,000 women have joined the DAR since it was founded in 1890.

Today's DAR

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