About AFF

You can join America's Future Foundation, the nation's premier network of liberty-minded young professionals. If you are an influencer or hope to become one, AFF will help you become a more effective advocate for freedom.  You will gain valuable skills putting together a cohesive, entertaining, and sustainable chapter in your city. 

AFF members build their writing, networking, and leadership capabilities.  You can join the movement of young leaders who will carry the torch for liberty whether you are a policy analyst, think tank leader, writer, journalist, strategist, entrepreneur, or elected official. AFF is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995 by a group of liberty-minded leaders in Washington, DC.


Do you want to create an American culture permeated with a love of liberty, and a society that values free enterprise, personal responsibility, and limited government? America's Future Foundation recruits and cultivates young professionals to become effective, lifelong advocates who will inspire their peers to embrace freedom.  

Ready to become an advocate for freedom? You can take advantage of unique AFF opportunities, including:

Recent Publications

Read about the impact of AFF nationwide. AFF periodically publishes newsletters and reports about the impact of its work to identify and develop young professional leaders for liberty in Washington, D.C., and around the country.


Can I Start an AFF Chapter in My City?

Yes, AFF will help you start a chapter in your city! AFF's team would like to speak with you about the opportunities and resources available so you can host successful events and provide a valuable resource to build the liberty movement in your city. Please contact Kathryn Shelton.

What Does AFF Mean by Leadership?

AFF defines leadership as the action of leading followers toward a common goal. AFF’s notion of leadership is situational—that is, time and place dependent. Ultimately, AFF cannot make leaders. But AFF can enhance the probability that when a leadership situation arises, when the challenge calls, people who embrace free market solutions will be ready to lead. AFF recognizes that not all leadership must be done with authority. Leadership can be exerted from within organizations, outside politics, and through media — not just from the top. Accordingly, AFF succeeds when its members become effective, lifelong advocates as policy analysts, writers, media strategists, campaigners, parents, negotiators on Capitol Hill, philanthropists, and managers—not just when an AFF members become congressmen or CEOs.

Is AFF Libertarian or Conservative?

AFF members generally self-identify as conservatives, libertarians, and independents because what binds us are simple principles that result in a society where free enterprise, limited government, and personal responsibility prevail. Those principles include private property, integrity, and the rule of law as understood in the U.S. Constitution and by classical liberal thinkers such as Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, and Ludwig Von Mises. Clearly, there are debates about what these ideas mean in modern times - but AFF provides a unique venue in which to discuss and debate with your peers. We work to maintain a balance of libertarians and conservatives among our staff, board, advisors, and executives. However you self-identify, you will find friends at AFF who are passionate about ideas like you.

What Kind of Work Does AFF Do?

AFF is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan educational organization that does not lobby or endorse (for or against) any candidate or legislation. Topics discussed by AFF speakers and writers involve a wide variety of public policy issues from many perspectives.

How Can I Give to America's Future Foundation?

Thank you for considering a tax-deductible donation to support the work of America's Future Foundation. There are several options to give. You can:1. Send a check to 1513 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036. 2. Contribute online through this site. 3. Make a donation of stock. Please call 202.331.2261 or email Bitcoin donation. 6. Ensure a legacy of liberty by placing this language in your will: “I give, devise, and bequeath to America’s Future Foundation, tax identification number 52-1928321, 1513 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 (insert percentage, amount or nature of gift, or remainder of estate) to be used for educational purposes.”

What Programs Does AFF Host?

AFF hosts different kinds of programs in Washington, D.C., and cities around the country where young professionals can network, learn more about the ideas of liberty, and practice professional skills in a unique setting. Visit this page to see upcoming programs.

How Do I Apply for an AFF Internship?

AFF regularly hosts interns in Washington, D.C., but only through partner programs as we are able. If interested, please apply to the Koch Internship Program, The Fund for American Studies, or Students for Liberty. We also seek regular volunteers, so please contact Jaci Woltornist (DC) or Heather Pfitzenmaier (chapters) to learn more.