The AEF is the bridge that connects the advertising, marketing and academic communities. Together we educate and inspire the next generation of talent while advancing the understanding of marketing and advertising in society.
Created in 1983 and supported by its three constituencies, advertising, media and marketing, the AEF is a 501(c)3 operating foundation. We create and distribute educational content to improve the understanding and appreciation of the societal role of advertising and marketing through our programs on college campuses across the country. These programs have continuously played a role in attracting high quality college graduates to our industry. In 2015, the AEF joined the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) as their educational foundation.
We achieve our mission through our 3 core pillars: Partnership Programs, Academic Resources, and Building the Next Generation of Talent.
"Great mix of technical info and real life experience to justify it. Easily the best guest lecture I’ve had in college. So relevant and informative."— Student at Villanova University after AEF sent speaker from BBDO