Institute for the Study of Civic Values

The Institute for the Study of Civic Values (ISCV) has worked to improve Philadelphia’s neighborhoods for more than 30 years. ISCV’s mission is to build community, expand economic opportunity, and strengthen democracy through promoting citizen participation in all levels of government. ISCV continues to work to strengthen civic engagement throughout the country through programs that apply our historic civic values to the problems facing America today. Ed Schwartz, ISCV’s Executive Director, has served as City Councilman-at-large, Director of the Office of Housing and Community Development, and Chairman of the Philadelphia Tax Reform Commission. He is the author of NetActivism: How Citizens Use the Internet. ISCV is a non-profit 501c3 based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.