About Us

DCF Mission Statement

The Diplomacy Center Foundation (DCF) is committed to partnering with the United States Department of State in creating the United States Diplomacy Center (USDC) to present the history, practices and challenges of American diplomacy to the public.

Sixteen years ago, Ambassador Steven Low and Senator Charles McC. Mathias formed the Foreign Affairs Museum Council (FAMC), which became the Diplomacy Center Foundation (DCF), to support their idea to create a center to honor the contributions of diplomacy and diplomats to the security and prosperity of the American people, and to convey the role of diplomacy to the public.

The establishment of the USDC with its outreach and public education activities is a public-private initiative. The Department of State is providing the space, staff and security, while the private sector will provide the funds to design and build the 41,000 sq. ft. facility. The Center includes a 21,000 sq. ft. exterior Pavilion and its informative exhibits about today's Department of State in Hall 1, the Founding Ambassadors Concourse below Hall I, and two interior Halls both of 10,000 sq. ft. each: one chronicling the history of the American diplomacy, and the other focusing on education. The USDC is located at the Department of State building on 21st Street at Virginia Avenue NW, in Washington, DC.

Every living former Secretary of State is an honorary director of the DCF.

501(c)(3) Status:

February 18, 2000, Incorporated in District of Columbia as Foreign Affairs Museum Council
May 18, 2000, Advanced ruling of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
July 28, 2005, Classified as a 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) Public Charity
September 2013, Changed name from Foriegn Affairs Museum Council (FAMC) to Diplomacy Center Foundation (DCF)

The new United States Diplomacy Center
The new United States Diplomacy Center at the U. S. Department of State in Washington, DC, designed by Hany Hassan FAIA, Partner of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners.


Visit the USDC website www.Diplomacy.State.gov  for information on the progress and developments of the creation of the United States Diplomacy Center.

History of DCF and USDC

"Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations."
- Thomas Jefferson

Our first Secretary of State cited these basic objectives in 1801 during his inaugural address as the third President of the United States. Thomas Jefferson was guided by this vision as he pursued effective diplomacy in the American national interest.


Board of Directors

Honorary Directors

Henry A. Kissinger
Secretary of State 1973-1977

George P. Shultz
Secretary of State 1982-1989

James A. Baker, III
Secretary of State 1989-1992