Our Vision: Foster and strengthen leaders for the betterment of our communities and nation.
The mission of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association is:
- To ensure the long-term health and viability of the White House Fellows Program, robust experiences and sterling reputation of the Fellowship in collaboration with the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, and the Commission staff.
- To support White House Fellow outreach and recruiting activities to ensure future generations of highly-qualified applicants to the White House Fellows program.
- To support the current class of White House Fellows through the White House Fellows Education Program, the Mentoring Program, participation in the Annual Leadership Conference, and other activities throughout the year.
- To facilitate a smooth and effective transition of each class of White House Fellows to actively participate in the White House Fellows Foundation and Association through various engagement and networking activities.
- To build a White House Fellow alumni community of mutual support that actively participates in leadership and service opportunities at the local, regional and national level to encourage Fellows’ lifelong contributions to the public good.
- Serve the nation with humility and selflessness.
- Be a bedrock of integrity and empathy in every dealing.
- Exemplify a spirit of non-partisanship, mentoring, and mutual support.
- Pursue excellence in public service.
History of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association. The White House Fellows Association was established in 1966 to serve as an alumni group for all former White House Fellows. The White House Fellows Foundation was established in 1969 to serve as the fiduciary agent for nongovernmental contributions for the support of the White House Fellows Program. In 2006, the two organizations were merged into the White House Fellows Foundation and Association (WHFFA).
The WHFFA provides significant financial support for the the White House Fellows Education Program and outreach/recruiting activities. The WHFFA sponsors an annual welcoming reception for the current class of White House Fellows and their Principals in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. In addition, the WHFFA provides support to the White House Fellows Community that is typical of most alumni support organizations.
Additionally, the Foundation and Association provides former Fellows as mentors to the current class of White House Fellows, and organizes local, regional, and national programs supporting the WHF Education Program, to include an Annual Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. This meeting is typically held in October of each year. Membership in the Foundation and Association is limited to those who have successfully served as White House Fellows, members of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, and members of the Commission staff who administer the Fellowship Program on a day-to-day basis.