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We have used our new capacity to build some very

strong and meaningful strategic partnerships. AFSA has

worked with these partners to combine forces and sync

messaging, amplify our voice, leverage their existing

networks, and work together to support America’s

global leadership role—which polling shows is backed by

nine out of ten Americans. We work with these stra-

tegic partners to back up that leadership by, among

other means, promoting a strong professional U.S.

Foreign Service, a pillar of American global leadership.

Our strategic partners are the U.S. Institute of Peace,

Global Ties U.S., and the World Affairs Councils. In 2017,

AFSA will build on our work in 2016 to cement a closer

strategic partnership with the U.S. Global Leadership

Coalition, whose extensive network of public and

private members is an ideal amplifier for AFSA’s

messages on the importance of the Foreign Service.

In addition, AFSA has embarked on a series of outreach

partnerships with a variety of organizations; these

relationships allow us to ensure that the Foreign

Service viewpoint is represented and understood

within these organizations and among their members.

The list of such partners is significant and growing,

and includes the American University, Road Scholar, the

UN Association, Semester at Sea, the National Student

Leadership Conference, Smithsonian Associates, Delta

Phi Epsilon, Rotary International, Sister Cities Interna-

tional, the National Model UN, 4-H, and the Overseas

Security Advisory Council (OSAC).

Our 20-year-old partnership with the Road Scholar

(formerly Elderhostel) organization keeps bringing us

new opportunities for educating regular Americans

about the Foreign Service, and our new connection with

Smithsonian Associates will grow from one program to

five in 2017. As part of this effort, new strategic thought

was given to AFSA’s existing 501(c)(3) organization, the

Fund for American Diplomacy. The FAD will now become

AFSA’s dedicated vehicle for outreach, and we are work-

ing on enhancing its capacity and professionalizing its

structure and fundraising mechanisms.



Alongside this new outreach push, we have reinvigorated

our Speakers Bureau, which now has more participants

and scheduled events than ever before – specifically,

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18% more speakers

and 57% more events.