DAR ObjectivesThe Daughters of the American Revolution was founded with the mission of promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism—a timeless vision that has kept DAR relevant for more than 125 years. At the chapter level, DAR members throughout the world participate in a wide variety of projects that advance the mission of the National Society:

Historic Preservation

  • Thanks to the donations and fundraising efforts of its members, DAR contributed $200,000 toward the restoration of historic Independence Hall in Philadelphia, more than $750,000 to the restoration of such national symbols of freedom as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York City, and more than $500,000 to the construction of the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

  • Every year DAR members locate, restore, and mark thousands of patriot gravesites and headstones throughout the United States.

  • Since the inception of DAR, members have erected unknown numbers of statues and monuments of all sizes honoring people, important events, and historic sites in American history.

  • Learn more about DAR Historic Preservation Efforts


  • DAR has helped immigrants become naturalized citizens for more than 100 years. Since 1921, more than 12 million copies of the DAR Manual For Citizenship have been given free to immigrants seeking American citizenship. The manual is now provided online.

  • DAR members provide more than 200,000 hours of volunteer time to veterans annually, and the National Society DAR is one of the largest groups to serve on the Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) National Advisory Board and Executive Committee.

  • DAR members annually provide thousands of American flags to schools, governmental bodies, military establishments, and civic organizations throughout the country. DAR also publishes a booklet, Flag Code of the United States of America, that is distributed free to schools and organizations.

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  • DAR gives more than $1 million each year to six schools—two DAR Schools and four DAR approved schools—all of which were established in rural and disadvantaged areas where public education was not accessible. Each school has a different focus, but they all provide a variety of programs to address special needs that include adult literacy, attention deficit disorder, and dyslexia. Some of the schools provide a refuge to children with troubled home lives.

  • Through its American Indians Committee, DAR assists in the education of Indian youth through scholarships and financial support of Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma and Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon.

  • Every year DAR awards numerous scholarships based on academic excellence in various fields and, in some cases, financial need.

  • Learn more about DAR Education Programs and Resources