American Friends of the Louvre (AFL) is a tax-exempt charity organized in the United States. It was established to strengthen ties between the Louvre and the American public and to formalize the longstanding generosity of American patrons. Founded in 2002, its offices opened in New York in 2004 and were expanded to Los Angeles in 2016. Through its support, AFL raises awareness of the Louvre’s collections and museum expertise and helps make the Museum’s exhibitions and permanent collections more accessible in the U.S. and around the world.
To date, more than $39 million has been committed to benefit the Louvre’s eight curatorial departments as well as the Education Department, Auditorium and Louvre Endowment. Initiatives supported range from scholarly research to gallery renovations, exhibitions and educational tools, and also include contemporary art installations, restorations and acquisitions.