About the Federation
The Federation of Alliances Françaises USA, founded in 1902, is a nonprofit organization representing more than 100 chapters in the United States. The Federation’s national board is made of representatives from Alliance Française chapters from across the country. The Federation organizes an annual conference, provides grants, showcases literature and film, and publishes monthly e‐mails and periodic e‐magazines that highlight and support the activities of Alliance Française chapters throughout the country.
Board of Directors
French Cultural Center AF Boston
AF Washington D.C.
His Excellency Gérard Araud,
Ambassador of France to the U.S.
Mr. John H. Bryan
Mr. Pierre Cardin
Mr. André Cointreau
Mrs. Hedwige Cointreau de Bouteville
Mr. Patrice Courtaban
Mr. Frank Gehry
Mr. Hubert Joly
Comte Gilbert de Pusy de La Fayette
Mr. Jacques Pépin
Ms. Diana Ross
Ms. Patricia Wells
Federation, Fondation, Délégation: What’s the difference?
The Federation of Alliances Françaises USA
The Federation, founded in 1902, is a nonprofit professional service organization representing more than 100 chapters in the United States. It is run by a volunteer board composed of leaders from 12 Alliances of all sizes throughout the nation. Its mission is to support the member chapters in their efforts to promote the French language and francophone cultures. The Federation promotes communication on issues of common interest to the chapters through e-mail newsletters, quarterly magazines, annual conferences, an annual awards program and more. The Federation provides grants for educational and marketing programs and runs the One Book One Federation and One Film One Federation programs.
Any official Alliance Française chapter in the U.S. and Puerto Rico is eligible, upon payment of dues, to become a member of the Federation. The Federation’s national office is in Washington, D.C. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Fondation Alliance Française
The Paris-based Fondation Alliance Française provides oversight of the worldwide AF network, with more than 800 chapters in 130 countries and half a million students. It is the modern-day embodiment of the Alliance Française organization that was launched in 1883 by notables such as Jules Verne and Louis Pasteur.
La Délégation Générale Alliance Française USA
The Délégation Générale maintains the liaison between the American Alliances and the Paris-based Fondation. It is a government-financed body (its staff are civil servants of the French government) that coordinates with French Cultural Services, the Embassy of France, the Consulates General and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.