National Civic League
The National Civic League is an American non-profit organization that advocates for transparency, effectiveness, and openness in local government. It was founded as the National Municipal League in 1894 at the National Conference for Good City Government in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The convention of politicians, policy-makers, journalists, and educators (including Theodore Roosevelt, Louis Brandeis, Marshall Field, and Frederick Law Olmsted) met to discuss the future of American cities. It also promotes professional management of local government through publication of "model charters" for both city and county governments.
It is best known for its All-America City Award, given to ten communities annually. It also has a Community Services Program, New Politics Program, and Federal-Community Partnership Program.
In the last 25 years, NCL has worked intensively with communities through its Community Services program to address current challenges including developing green and sustainable solutions, addressing racial inequity, and strengthening immigrant integration strategies.
- League of California Cities, whose creation was inspired in part by the League
- Proceedings of the National Conference for Good City Government Held at Philadelphia, January 25 and 26, 1894
- Stewart, Frank Mann (1950), A Half Century of Municipal Reform; The History of the National Municipal League, Los Angeles, California: University of California Press, OCLC 6588777