AIEF: American Israel Education Foundation
The American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF) is the charitable organization affiliated with AIPAC, America's pro-Israel lobby, and was created in 1990. AIEF makes annual grants to AIPAC that are consistent with the Foundation's status as a charitable and educational 501 (c)(3) organization, providing grants to support select educational programs including Middle East research, educational materials and conferences and leadership programs for university students. In addition to making grants for AIPAC programs, the Foundation funds educational seminars to Israel for members of Congress and other political influentials. These AIEF-sponsored trips help educate political leaders and influentials about the importance of the U.S. - Israel relationship through firsthand experiences in Israel, briefings by experts on Middle East affairs, and meetings with Israeli political elite.