About Us


We're building tomorrow's hotel industry today, but only with your support.

The American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation), the charitable giving arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), is dedicated to helping people build careers, improve their lives and strengthen the lodging industry. We are committed to elevating, educating, and empowering individuals and the public on the industry’s story of opportunity and advancement. View our mission overview brochure

Changing the Industry By Changing Lives

From lifting individuals out of poverty and connecting them with a life-long career in the industry to providing certifications to promote current hotel employees into leadership positions, the Foundation’s programs are changing the industry by changing lives. The Foundation is committed to providing short-term and long-term solutions to help attract, retain and educate individuals for life-long careers in the industry.

The Foundation offers a portfolio of scholarships, workforce development initiatives, and industry-recognized certifications that prepare employees for future success.

Investing in our Communities 

America’s hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts are an integral part of the fabric of each community across the United States. Our industry supports more than one in 25 American jobs both on-site at hotels and throughout the community – totaling 8.3 million jobs across the country. With this vast economic impact also comes an important responsibility to give back to the communities we call home. That’s why we proudly invest in our communities by supporting career opportunities, community development, and local charitable organizations.
The Foundation also unites the industry around a single, comprehensive approach to fight human trafficking through our No Room for Trafficking program, which builds on the industry’s long-standing legacy and commitment to combat human trafficking. Through elevating, assessing, educating, and supporting the fight to end human trafficking, the AHLA Foundation’s campaign will ensure hotel employees are continuously developing a better understanding of ways to identify traffickers and potential victims in hotels.

Empowering Individuals to Advance Their American Dream

The hotel and lodging industry exemplifies the American Dream, fostering development, upward mobility, and exciting life-long careers. The Foundation is committed to investing in the men and women who are the heart of hospitality and showcasing the industry’s story of opportunity and advancement through cutting-edge research and resources. 

The AHLA Foundation is also committed to fostering careers for people of color and women to ensure our employees—from entry-level to C-suite—are as diverse as our guests. In 2020, the AHLA Foundation announced a commitment of $5 million and action plan over the next five years to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within the hotel and lodging industry. 

Your Support 

We can't do this without you. The Foundation relies solely on contributions from generous companies and individuals who want to give back to the hotel industry and ensure its sustained success. It's your future. Help strengthen it.

To receive a copy of AHLAF's Annual Report, Form 990, audited financial statements, please contact us directly. To read our nonprofit disclosures, please click here