The AMF, following its creation in 1983, spent two years in researching and identifying inadequately served enlisted needs. In early 1985, the Foundation defined its scope as seeking ways and means to solve contemporary problems among all Air Force components enlisted force not being addressed by the Department of Defense, Air Staff, Congress, or the Administration.
Following this role definition, the Foundation created its first humanitarian aid, non-traditional education, and scholarship programs and thereby became the first “all-enlisted” national independent charity in the annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).
Funding to support AMF program services is derived principally from donations to the AMF from the Air Force Sergeants Association and its members and from donors during the annual Fall CFC drive. The AMF is listed under its national charity designation number 10517, permitting Air Force personnel a way to support the AMF motto, "Taking Care of Our Own."