Founded in 1976 and building on more than two centuries of shared ideals between France and the United States, the French-American Foundation—United States works to enrich a transatlantic relationship that is essential in today’s world.
With its sister Foundation, the French-American Foundation - France, the Foundation brings together leaders, policymakers, and a wide range of professionals to exchange views and share experiences in areas of mutual concern for mutual benefit.
The Foundation is best known for its signature Young Leaders program, which, since its founding in 1981, has built an enduring network of leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. The Foundation also addresses several current policy issues including: Media Practices, Social & Urban Policy, Foreign & Security Policy, and Arts & Letters.
To perpetuate more than two centuries of shared ideals and friendship; to build lasting, practical working ties; and to advance solutions to problems of shared concern.
A robust transatlantic relationship is critical in today’s world. France, a European leader, provides partnership that is indispensable in pursuit of common action for stability and prosperity at home and throughout the world.
Unique among cross-cultural organizations linking France and the United States, the French-American Foundation’s programs construct a vertical line through diverse groups of leaders, policymakers and professionals from business, government, the military, media, academe, the not for profit and cultural sectors. Engagement along this axis creates an innovative intersection of ideas and experience, and promotes open minds and productive dialogue.
Since 1976, with more than 3,500 participants in more than 500 programs in areas including education; immigration; security and defense; business and the economy; energy and the environment; urban development and renewal; health care; and the role of culture, the French-American Foundation has created a rich network of people and ideas for action.
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