The mission of America’s Future Foundation is to identify and develop the next generation of conservative and libertarian leaders. We work to build a nationwide network of young professionals who are committed to the principles of limited government, free markets, and personal responsibility.
AFF occupies a unique niche. Many conservative and libertarian organizations target college students to teach the first principles of a free society and offer professional training for first jobs. AFF is the only organization that targets professionals in their 20s and 30s in their second stage of development as leaders.
AFF offers professionals networking, mentoring, and hands-on opportunities to write, speak, manage programs, and directly develop the skills that allow them to move up in their jobs and contribute to the success of freedom-minded organizations. Long-term, this strategy increases the supply of top-notch talent who will carry the torch for liberty – as policy analysts, think tank leadership, writers, journalists, campaign strategists, and elected officials.
AFF hosts monthly Roundtable debates, Leadership dinners, and social events. We publish Doublethink, an online magazine, and the “Free the Future” blog. AFF hosts a Career Center, offering a job bank, career resource blog, and mentoring for its members. And, “AFF on the Road” hosts events in major cities nationwide to identify and develop leaders for liberty around the country. Chapters are currently active in Chicago, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, and New York. The links to your left will give you more details.
What does AFF mean by leadership?
AFF defines leadership as the action of leading followers towards 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.