President’s Welcome


Welcome to the Board of Directors of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation. On behalf of the entire JWFLF Board, I want to personally welcome you and thank you for so generously offering your time and expertise to serve as a Director. This board is not an advisory board, but a working board. Since JWFLF is a young and evolving organization, your active participation is vital. Please know how deeply grateful I am for you!

The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation was founded in September of 2014, within 3 weeks of the brutal execution of American journalist, educator and humanitarian, James W. Foley. Our vision is that all American hostages will return home and conflict journalists who bring truth to light like James W. Foley will be valued and protected. JWFLF seeks to “Inspire Moral Courage One Person at a Time” while advocating for the safe return of Americans taken hostage abroad, protecting independent conflict journalists and educating regarding these threats to our freedom.

In our three short years of existence, JWFLF has established Hostage US in partnership with the Ford Foundation to assist families of American hostages, participated in the 2015 Hostage review which created the interagency USG approach to American hostage recovery, collaborated with Hostage US and New America to research US Hostage Policy, helped convene and fund A Culture of Safety Alliance ACOS an international coalition to promote safety for independent conflict journalists, started a journalism safety curriculum and provided 12 Foley Safety training grants for HEFAT training.

This handbook includes a copy of the Board Bylaws and other information related to the activities and responsibilities of the members of the Board of Directors. After reviewing this, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or other board members with any questions you may have.

Thank you for your generous commitment to shepherding the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation from a start-up to a sustainable, vital organization advocating for American hostage return, free press and education regarding these threats.

Diane M. Foley