The American Friends of the Czech Republic (AFoCR) is the voice of the American constituency favoring close and strong Czech-U.S. relations. It fosters ties in the areas of diplomacy, legislation, business, trade, security, culture, law reform, and education. In furtherance of its mission, AFoCR has advocated for enlarging and enhancing key international institutions such as NATO and the European Union, and for the Czech Republic’s membership in them.
AFoCR sponsors events and special projects to further the bilateral connection between the two countries. Most notably, in the aftermath of the 2002 floods, AFoCR made substantial grants to Czech cities and towns. It built the Tomáš Masaryk Memorial in Washington, D.C., and rebuilt the Woodrow Wilson Monument in Prague. The organization has hosted dozens of official visitors from the Czech Republic, and AFoCR regularly holds Gala Award dinners, participates in White House state dinners, and co-sponsors with the Friends of Slovakia the annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture.
AFoCR was incorporated in 1995 under the provisions of the District of Columbia Nonprofit Corporation Act. The organization is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) and described as a public charity under section 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.