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The 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 185,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. Any woman 18 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.

Encompassing an entire downtown city block, DAR National Headquarters houses one of the nation's premier genealogical libraries, one of the foremost collections of pre-industrial American decorative arts, Washington's largest concert hall, and an extensive collection of early American manuscripts and imprints.

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 PreservationEducationPatriotism
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, Guam, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom
More than one million women have joined the DAR since it was founded.

Eligibility for Membership:

Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.

For more information on DAR Membership, click here.

NSDAR Management

President General: Denise Doring VanBuren

The National Society is led by the President General and an Executive Committee of 11 National Officers. In addition to rulings by the Executive Committee, policy for the Society is made by the National Board of Management, a body composed of the Executive Officers, 21 Vice Presidents General, and 53 State Regents. The National Board of Management meets six times a year at DAR headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Most of DAR's volunteer work is accomplished under a committee system comprised of national chairs appointed by the President General and locally appointed state and chapter chairs. The national chairs direct and supervise the activities of their committees with the assistance of the national vice chairs.

Continental Congress, the DAR annual national meeting, is named after the original Continental Congress which governed the American Colonies. DAR Continental Congress attracts more than 3,000 members to Washington, D.C., each year.