The Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) funds and oversees educational, professional, and cultural exchange programs that are crucial to achieving United States’ foreign policy objectives. Each year, the Alliance submits requests to congressional committees in support of robust ECA funding. Congress allocated $700.9 million dollars to the ECA’s budget for Fiscal Year 2019, which is the largest amount of funding in recent years.

Funding for exchange programs delivers significant benefits to the United States. Over 90% of the exchange funding is spent in the United States or invested directly in its citizens or organizations, thereby strengthening the American economy. Additionally, ECA people-to-people exchanges help promote increased understanding among nations through a “soft” public diplomacy approach, which supports our national security.

Below are letters, resolutions, and other material supporting exchange funding, as well as a chart showing both requests from the Executive Branch and congressional funding levels since 2010.