About TFAS


The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is an educational nonprofit that is changing the world by developing leaders for a free society. Our transformational programs teach the principles of limited governmentfree-market economics and honorable leadership to students and young professionals in America and around the world.

Visit our Impact page to view the reach of TFAS and FTE programs.

Since 1967, 17,000 students, representing more than 140 countries, have attended a TFAS summer, semester or year-long program. In addition to our core institutes, TFAS reached more than 10,000 young people in 2017 through educational videos, fellowships and seminars.

The Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) is The Fund for American Studies’ strategic partner in reaching future leaders at the high school level. More than 15,000 high school teachers and more than 10,000 high school students have participated in FTE programs that teach “the economic way of thinking.”

Today, there are more than 42,000 TFAS and FTE-trained alumni making the difference in their communities and throughout the world by upholding the values essential to the preservation and success of a free society.


Liberty and free enterprise are threatened today as never before. An ever-growing state and a dangerous cultural divide put at risk the American experiment in liberty. The ideas and institutions that produced the space for Americans to invent, innovate, invest, create and build the greatest and most prosperous nation in human history are under assault.

View our Journey page to view each stage of the TFAS Journey and testimonials from alumni.

Our challenge today, if we want our Republic to survive, is to renew the unifying principles that define us as Americans. People from all walks of life need to come together and re-embrace the principles that animated the American founding.

The TFAS Journey provides the answer to our challenge. Students from diverse backgrounds come together to discuss ideas, debate the proper role of government, find common ground and reach a common understanding. Challenging the progressive orthodoxy found in high schools and universities around the country, students taking part in The TFAS Journey learn about the importance of our founding principles, liberty, free markets and honorable leadership. Coming face-to-face with leaders in politics, public policy and business, and partnering with mentors who serve as role models, gives students real-world experience that enhances their career advancement.

The TFAS Journey doesn’t end there. Students move into careers as part of the engaged and active TFAS Alumni Network, ready to make a difference in the world by advancing liberty and free enterprise, promoting justice and providing leadership for the future.

The TFAS Journey has been transforming the lives of students and developing leaders for a free society for the last 50 years. But we have an even bigger vision for the future. Through the TFAS 50th Anniversary Liberty + Leadership Campaign, TFAS can reach thousands more young people and ensure that our Republic can survive.