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 over 175,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. Any woman eighteen 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.
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.