Annual Giving Campaign

The Annual Giving Campaign solicits unrestricted contributions on an annual basis to provide ongoing support for AH&LEF and its programs. Through this campaign, the lodging industry provides much-needed support to students who have chosen hospitality as their career of choice, as well as funds important research to benefit our industry. 

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All contributions are tax-deductible.

To donate by mail, print the campaign brochure and donation form  and send to:

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation
1250 I (Eye) St., NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005

Questions?  Please contact Michelle Poinelli at (202) 289-3181 or .

As a result of industry support, AH&LEF disbursed approximately $1.25 million last year on programs like the following:

  • Awarded a record $730,000 in scholarships to 380 promising students earning hospitality management degrees and hotel employees for professional certification and distance learning.
  • Funded almost $300,000 in grants to provide essential data that will be used to better represent the lodging industry and help educate consumers.  Six proposals were funded in areas such as:
    • evaluating the economic impact of short-term online rentals in the 10 largest cities in the U.S.,
    • compiling the lodging tax rates around the country and documenting the effects of dramatic increases on several cities,
    • determining the number of hotels that are actually small businesses, 
    • surveying mayors nationwide regarding the impact the hotel industry has on their cities and communities,
    • documenting and analyzing the extent to which short-term online rental companies and property owners are willing and/or able to accommodate disabled guests, and
    • conducting one of the most comprehensive surveys in the industry, which collects information on hotel services, facilities, and amenities.
  • Offered  Skills, Tasks, and Results Training (START)  in 358 workforce training locations and high schools, which provides students entry-level skills into the lodging industry.
  • Provided funding for the high school curriculum, the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP), which is offered in 518 high schools and introduces juniors and seniors to the lodging industry.

A Who's Who of the Industry's Most Progressive Leaders  

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Here is what you get when you give:

  • Listing on AH&LEF's Website
  • AH&LA Allied Members can use a joint AH&LA/AH&LEF Donor logo on marketing materials

Two & Three Diamond - Donors of $100 and higher receive:

  • Recognition in AH&LA's Annual Report
  • Donor List displayed in auction booth at HX: THe Hotel Experience
  • Recognition in published thank-you ad

Four Diamond - Donors of $1,000 and higher receive:

  • Inclusion in Donor List running continuously on AH&LEF's site, including link to company website

Five Diamond - Donors of $2,500 and higher receive:

Six Diamond - Donors of $5,000 and higher receive:

  • Media Recognition through an individual press release
  • Recognition in AH&LA's Smart Brief

Leadership Gifts of $10,000 and higher receive:

  • Company logo is prominently displayed on Donor List and on all AH&LEF's web pages

Brand Recognition

When your AH&LA Allied business supports AH&LEF, you join the ranks of industry insiders who care about lodging and know that giving back to the industry is the only way to ensure its future. You build true credibility with the leaders and companies your business serves. And you're on the radar screen for tomorrow's key decision-makers.


2016 Annual Giving Leaders
Carlson Family Foundation
The Handlery Foundation
Host Hotels & Resorts
Minaz Abji
Carlson Family Foundation
The Robert Alter Family
Kirk Kinsell
Annual Giving Major Donors