American Experience Foundation

Educating and Inspiring Students in our Nation’s Capital

Helping to inspire the next generation of travelers and hospitality professionals.

The American Experience Foundation (AEF) enriches the lives of deserving students through inspirational travel experiences to Washington, DC and cultivates the next generation of hospitality industry professionals. AEF is the 501(c)(3) charity affiliated with Destination DC. Download an overview.

The hospitality community is a major economic driver in our city and employs 75,000 people in Washington, DC. AEF provides students an introduction to the wonder of travel and offers exposure to hospitality career paths.

July 4th Celebration

On the Fourth of July each year, AEF hosts an invitation-only party at an exclusive Washington, DC venue with a view of the city and fireworks on the National Mall. The event raises over $65,000 annually for AEF programs. Explore sponsorships and ticket packages.

AEF accepts tax-deductible donations from individuals, businesses, organizations, and other foundations.

To learn more, please contact our Foundation Manager at (202) 789-7052

Megan Edahl