About AFF


America's Future Foundation is the nation's premier network of liberty-minded young professionals. We target influencers, deploy effective advocates for freedom, and ultimately foster cohesive, entertaining, and sustainable communities. 

Through AFF's programs, members can build their writing, networking, and leadership capabilities. Our goal is to increase the supply of top-notch talent that will carry the torch for liberty — as policy analysts, think tank leaders, writers, journalists, strategists, entrepreneurs, and elected officials. AFF is a 501(c)(3) organization. AFF was founded in 1995 by a group of liberty-minded leaders in Washington, DC.


The mission of America's Future Foundation is to recruit and cultivate young professionals to become effective, lifelong advocates for freedom. Our mission is accomplished by providing you with opportunities that you can't find anywhere else, including:

We do this to create an American culture permeated with a love of liberty and a society that values free enterprise, personal responsibility, and limited government. 

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 visit this page or 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, the best conservatives and libertarians 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 atop. Accordingly, AFF succeeds when its members exert leadership as policy analysts, writers, media strategists, campaigners, negotiators on Capitol Hill, philanthropists, and managers—not just when an AFF members become congressmen or CEOs.

Is AFF Libertarian or Conservative?

While AFF members self-identify as conservatives and libertarians (or neither!), AFF is a liberty-minded organization that is dedicated to the spirit of debate between conservatives and libertarians and the firm belief in free markets and economic freedom. AFF hosts many unique and important debates between conservatives and libertarians, specifically asking what those terms mean, but also discussing the difference between libertarians and conservatives so attendees can decide how to identify themselves. Visit the events page to read about upcoming programs. AFF events continue to focus on the values that conservatives and libertarians share and the issues on which they disagree. AFF has hosted programs and written about immigration, poverty, privacy, fiscal policy, foreign policy, feminism, faith, and many other topics. We believe these debates animate the power of ideas. AFF also works to maintain a balance of libertarians and conservatives among our staff, board, advisors, and executives. So whether you are conservative or libertarian, we are confident you will find friends at AFF who are as passionate about ideas as you are. Together, we can identify that there are differences while also becoming more unified behind the ideas of free markets and economic freedom.

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 Roger Custer for details. 4. Donate through the Combined Federal Campaign using code 19217. 5. Make a 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 several 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.

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 Brit Vorreiter or your local chapter leader to learn more.