The Fulbright Association is a private, non-profit organization founded by U.S. Fulbright alumni in 1977. It is one of approximately 65 national Fulbright Alumni associations worldwide . The organization facilitates relationships among former Fulbright grantees and provides hospitality and enrichment activities for visiting Fulbright students, scholars and teachers during their stay in the United States. Currently the membership includes nearly 10,000 alumni and friends of the Fulbright Program. Membership is open to former Fulbright grantees, as well as those who support the ideals of the Fulbright Program, but not grantees themselves.