We help Americans understand and explain the value of our system of government and how, together, we can protect and improve the foundations of trust in our republic.
We provide materials for civic education, ages 18 and up.
Our Learning Materials
We strive to ensure each of our courses is of the highest quality. Each course has been reviewed by at least one if not several experts in civic education, U.S. history, constitutional law, political science, or other applicable fields.
M.E. and Ima Graves Peace Distinguished Professor of Politics, Emeritus;
State Coordinator for California We the People and Project Citizen
Professor Emeritus and Academy Professor,
John Hopkins University
Associate Director, Democracy and Governance Program
David Bernstein Professor of Political Science,
Johns Hopkins University
President of the Center for the Study of Federalism,
Director of the Meyner Center of State and Local Government,
Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Professor of Government and Public Service,
Mark J. Molli
Associate Director (Retired)
Center for Civic Education
Professor of Comparative Politics, Emeritus
University of Southampton
Mark J. Rozell
Dean and Ruth D. and John T. Hazel Chair in Public Policy,
Schar School of Policy and Government,
George Mason University
Professor of Political Science
Sciences Po Grenoble
We are drawn from conservative, progressive and independent thinkers. Our ages range from low 20s through the 80s. Most of our board members have deep experience in teaching or promoting democracy around the world, and some have been actively involved in politics at the local, state, and national levels.
Ballotpedia is “The Encyclopedia of American Politics.” They cover political candidates and incumbents, ballot measures, election results, and redistricting—at the federal, state, local, and territorial levels. They also provide the basics of how the American governmental system works, broad policy issues, and related concepts, terms, and their definitions. This is where we work together. See the Ballotpedia option on the Learning Center menu above.
Our courses are free for everyone only with help from good people like you.
“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.” –John Adams
The Center for Free, Fair, and Accountable Democracy is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.
CFFAD is non-partisan. We do not participate in, or intervene in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.
Financial statements are available from the State Division of Consumer Affairs, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218.
Blog & Short Articles
United We Stand, Divided We Fall
Showing respect for those who fought, even when they fought and killed those on your side is hard – and necessary. When a women’s memorial association in Columbus, Mississippi, decorated the graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers on April 25, 1866, this act of generosity and reconciliation prompted an editorial piece, published by Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune, and
New! Do You Like Learning By Email?
We help American adults understand and explain the value of our system of government and how, together, we can protect and improve the foundations of trust in our republic. To do that, we provide materials for civic education. Experts on the right and the left have reviewed all our materials. How Does Learning by Email Work? Here is what is
How did the framers think about federalism and what has changed since their time?
How can Americans work together even if they don’t trust each other?
What Weird New Case Involved the Separation of Powers?
Sometimes, lawsuits include surprising lessons about how our government is meant to work. The State of New Mexico v. Alexander Rae Baldwin (2023) certainly does. The case has yet to be decided and CFFAD has no opinion on what the fact are, nor what the ruling should be. That said, CFFAD was amazed to learn that the special prosecutor was
Student Loans & Separation of Powers
What does the separation of powers have to do with student loan forgiveness?