The American Swiss Foundation is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1945 to preserve and strengthen the historic friendship between the United States and Switzerland.
The main program of the American Swiss Foundation is the Young Leaders Conference, held annually in Switzerland since 1990. Alumni of the Conference now number more than 1,100 leaders in both countries. The Foundation hosts Young Leaders Reunions and public discussion events in both countries to bring together American and Swiss opinion leaders for person-to-person exchange on current topics. In addition, an Annual Gala Dinner is held in the spring in New York, featuring a keynote speaker of international stature.
The Foundation focuses on developing and managing various activities of its own, rather than serving as a funding source for outside programs.