What kind of work does AF do?
AF is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan, educational organization that does not lobby or endorse (for or against) any candidate or legislation. AF provides a resource and nationwide network for young leaders (ages 22-40) that are eager to find solutions to the most pressing problems facing your community and our nation. We connect leaders virtually through our membership, and in person at city-based chapters and regional hubs. AF programming provides insights into current events, civic engagement opportunities, and the chance to lend your skills and passions toward making the world a more free and prosperous place. We are policy and culture focused rather than a political organization – we’re looking for the best ways to help humans thrive, not winning partisan points.
Is AF libertarian or conservative?
AF 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, individual liberty, 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. Put simply, we believe in the limitless potential of every individual and commit to breaking down the barriers that hold us back. There are debates about what these ideas mean in modern times – but AF provides a unique medium in which to discuss and debate these ideas with your peers. We stand firmly on the side of intellectual humility, civil discourse, and a focus on solutions. We work to maintain a balance of viewpoints among our staff, board, advisors, and members. However you self-identify, you will find friends at AF who are passionate about making the world a better place, just like you. You can learn more about the values AF lives by on our About Page.
How does AF Define a “leader”?
AF believes everyone has the capacity to be a leader, whether they just began their career or lead an organization. Leaders see a problem and get to work fixing it. They recognize that they have agency and use it when needed.
Can I start an AF chapter in my city?
We’re not accepting applications to start Chapters at the moment. If you’re interested in getting more involved in your community with AF, the best way is to become an AF member and begin hosting Community Circle discussions. Sign up to become a member here.
How can we collaborate?
AF is always looking for ways to offer greater opportunities to our members. If you would like to work together on a joint event, conversation series, or social media promotion, please reach out to [email protected]. If you have an idea for a new project or service we should offer to our members, send a pitch to [email protected].
Can I intern at AF?
Yes! AF regularly hosts interns in Washington, DC, but only through partner programs as we are able. If interested, please apply to the Koch Internship Program or The Fund for American Studies. We also seek regular volunteers for events. To volunteer in DC or at a local chapter, fill out and submit our Volunteer Form.
How is AF connected with Talent Market?
Talent Market was founded in 2000 as a program of DonorsTrust, a donor advised fund. In 2020, Talent Market moved under AF’s 501(c)(3) umbrella. While Talent Market has its own mission to serve the talent needs of the freedom movement, our organizations work closely to educate and empower young leaders. If you wish to support Talent Market, simply make a gift out to America’s Future and designate the gift to Talent Market.
How long is my membership active?
Memberships are active for one year from your date of purchase. Memberships renew automatically each year on that date.
Do I have to be a Member to participate?
No! While membership comes with some great perks – including exclusive event access and free and discounted tickets– most AF events are open to anyone and everyone. Very truly, the more the merrier.
Can I rent office space from AF?
Yes! AF-HQ is available for flexible co-working options as well as conference room space rentals. The conference room fits 12 comfortably, and up to 20 (if you don’t believe in social distancing). It’s the perfect space to host your book club, sign making gathering, or strategy meeting. We are equipped with white board walls, great natural light, and A/V functionality to make your meeting a success. If you’re interested in either co-working options, mail service, or conference room rentals please contact [email protected]. (Pro-tip: AF-Capital Area Hub members get free limited access to AF-HQ each month – maybe you should join?)
How can I give to America’s Future?
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:
– Send a check to 1633 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 300, Washington, DC 20009
– Make a donation of stock. Please call 202.817.3383 or email Bitcoin donation.
– 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, 1633 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 300, Washington, DC 20009 (insert percentage, amount or nature of gift, or remainder of estate) to be used for educational purposes.”