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- President George W. Bush

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About the President's Council

In January of 2003, by Executive Order, President George W. Bush announced the formation of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The Council was established to recognize the important contributions Americans of all ages are making within their communities through service and civic engagement. On January 27, 2005, President Bush amended the Executive Order, extending the President’s Council through January 2007.

Administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Council brings together leaders from the worlds of business, entertainment, sports, education, government, nonprofits, and the media.

Council Members

Jean Case
Michael W. Smith
Vice Chair

Stephen Baldwin
Ray Chambers
Jerry Colangelo
Evern Cooper Epps
Myrka Dellanos
Hilary Duff
Tony Dungy
Sara Evans

Angela Baraquio Grey
Patricia Heaton
Kasey Kahne
Art Linkletter
Mary Jo Myers
Michelle Nunn
Kelly Perdew
Cokie Roberts
Wendy Spencer
Roxanne Spillett
Hope Taft
Charles “Chuck” Turlinski
Janine Turner
Danny Wuerffel
Mark Yudof

Click here for a complete list of Council Members or listen to their radio PSAs encouraging more Americans to get involved in their communities.

President's Volunteer Service Award

One of the first priorities of the Council was to establish a volunteer recognition program. Since 2003, the Council has recognized more than 662,000 Americans with the President’s Volunteer Service Award. To learn more about the Award or to register your organization for the program, please visit

A Billion + Change

Every day, nonprofit groups around the country are meeting a wide variety of community needs, often with volunteer and corporate philanthropic assistance. Yet while these organizations are doing important and innovative work, they often cannot take their ideas to scale, in part because they lack the professional skills needed to operate as efficiently as possible, or to successfully plan for their growth.

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