Founded in 1914, the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) is the oldest and largest trade association devoted entirely to advocating an open, rules-based international trade system. Its activities encompass international trade policy, international tax policy, human resources, and unilateral economic sanctions. The NFTC is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has an office in New York.
Incorporated in 1979, the National Foreign Trade Council Foundation is the educational arm of the NFTC. It is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated under the laws of the state of New York. Its office is in New York City. As approved by its board of directors, the NFTC Foundations mission is to inspire, promote, encourage and facilitate international trade and investment in order to enhance economic growth and job creation throughout the world. Attachment A lists the ways in which the Foundation seeks to fulfill its mission. The Foundation does not lobby; its activities are confined to educational events.
The NFTC Foundation's mission is to inspire, promote, encourage and facilitate international trade and investment in order to enhance economic growth and job creation throughout the world.
To further its mission, the NFTC Foundation:
- Conducts seminars, lectures and meetings to encourage and promote public understanding of international economics and trade and investment;
- Provides members of the National Foreign Trade Council with current information and analysis on international economics and trade and investment, including international human resources issues.
- Conducts research and study on the problems and opportunities in international economics and foreign trade and investments;
- Publishes, disseminates, and makes available to the public information, statistical data, and the results of such research and study, and other material of an educational nature relating to international economics and foreign trade and investment;
- Establishes and maintains continuing programs for the interchange of information between government and industry in regard to international economics and foreign trade and investment;
- Does any other act or thing incidental to or connected with the foregoing purposes or in advancement thereof, but not for the pecuniary profit or financial gain of its members directors, or officers, except as permitted under Article 5 of the New York Not-For-Profit Corporation Law.