About Us

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF) is building tomorrow's hotel industry -- and the talent to fuel it.  In our increasingly complex business, research and education are crucial to ensuring the lodging industry continues to thrive. 

Created by a group of forward-thinking hoteliers in 1953 as the charitable, not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), the Foundation initially focused on providing scholarships to a small group of promising hospitality students.  Over the past half-century, the vision has expanded and the Foundation has taken on a much greater mandate: ensuring a strong and viable future for the entire lodging industry. 

To date, we have distributed more than $21.5 million, and in 2016, we expended more than $1.4 million. These funds are awarded in the way of scholarships and research grants, as well as invested in key programs, such as workforce development and school-to-career, that directly affect the long term goals and success of the hospitality industry.

The Foundation relies solely on contributions from generous individuals and companies who want to give back to the hotel industry and ensure a successful future.  We hold events and fundraisers throughout the year to garner interest and support in our efforts. We encourage you to peruse our Website to see all the different avenues through which we support the industry.  While we have accomplished a lot, there is still more to do and your contribution makes a huge impact. Find out more about making a donation.

Read about our activities in AHLA's Annual Report.  

AHLEF's audited financial statements and Form 990 , "Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax," provides details of its operations and financial positions.

Our Mission

The Foundation's mission is to help people build careers that improve their lives, and strengthen the lodging industry. We achieve this through:

Scholarships - Since its inception, AHLEF has invested more than $10 million in scholarships, both for students and  professionals seeking to advance their skills.  AHLEF administers eight different scholarship programs, ranging from incoming freshman to graduate-level hospitality management students.  

Funding Essential Research - The Foundation has granted $3.5 million to provide vital funding to help us tell our industry story. Our research addresses critical industry issues such as evalutating the impact of hotels on cities around the country, compiling lodging taxes and their impact, training hotel employees to recognize and react to child trafficking, and ADA, and we award grants to make these studies happen.

Workforce/Professional Development Initiatives - Since 2003 more than $3.3 million has been expended to encourage career interest in the lodging field through programs such as the new high school program curriculum, Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP), and the entry-level training program, Skills, Tasks, and Results Training (START).  Currently taught in 518 high schools, the HTMP curriculum prepares juniors and seniors for roles in the lodging industry.  In 382 workforce training locations and high schools around the country START provides entry-level training to a myriad of individuals including immigrants and refugees, formerly homeless adults, prison inmates, people with disabilities, displaced workers, and military veterans.  

Newletter

Read our most recent Newsletter here.  

Read our inaugural newsletter: Open Doors.

View current and past AHLEF and AHLA press releases

Contact Us

Please click here to contact us.
 
 
2017 Annual Giving Campaign Leaders
Jim Burba/Bob Hayes
The Handlery Foundation
Allen C. Hermansen Charitable Remainder Trust
Kirk Kinsell
Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Randy Smith
Jim Burba/Bob Hayes
The Handlery Foundation
Allen C. Hermansen Charitable Remainder Trust
Kirk Kinsell
Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Randy Smith
Jim Burba/Bob Hayes
The Handlery Foundation
Allen C. Hermansen Charitable Remainder Trust
Kirk Kinsell
Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Randy Smith
Host Hotels
National Restaurant Association
Robert Alter Family
Ashford
Best Western
Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
LaSalle Hotel Properties
LaQuinta Inns & Suites
Lowes Hotels and Resorts
Marriott International
https://www.venetian.com/
USA Today
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Host Hotels
National Restaurant Association
Robert Alter Family
Ashford
Best Western
Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
LaSalle Hotel Properties
LaQuinta Inns & Suites
Lowes Hotels and Resorts
Marriott International
https://www.venetian.com/
USA Today
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Host Hotels
National Restaurant Association
Robert Alter Family
Ashford
Best Western
Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
LaSalle Hotel Properties
LaQuinta Inns & Suites
Lowes Hotels and Resorts
Marriott International
https://www.venetian.com/
USA Today
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts