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. 

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.

Since 1953, the AHLA Foundation has supported our workforce by investing: 

  • $30.6 million in support of the hotel industry
  • $14.7 million in academic scholarships
  • $6.3 million in workforce development programs  
  • $1 million in our Empowering Youth Program
  • $4.4 million in research grants 

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.

Empowering Individuals to Advance Their American Dream

In the last two years alone, the Foundation’s programs have changed 40,000 lives through innovative programs to recruit, retain and invest in employees.
In the next five years, the Foundation will: 

  • Enroll 50,000 apprentices into new and existing apprenticeship programs.
  • Certify 125,000 job seekers and current employees with industry certifications.
  • Help 5,000 employees earn a college degree at no cost to them through the Foundation’s Debt-Free College Program.
  • Award more than $5 million in scholarships for students enrolled in hospitality-related degree programs.
  • Train and certify 8,000 Opportunity Youth ages 16 to 24 and connect them to potential employers in the hospitality sector in markets of high need.

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