Although financially independent, Anchorage's Promise is a local affiliation of America's Promise.
America’s Promise Alliance grew out of the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future in 1997. At that gathering in Philadelphia, Presidents Clinton, Bush, Carter and Ford (with Nancy Reagan representing President Reagan), challenged America to make children and youth a national priority.
The Summit — which was also attended by nearly 30 governors, 100 mayors, 145 community delegations, and prominent business leaders — was sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation, the Corporation for National and Community Service and United Way of America. These organizations were among the Founding Partners of the America’s Promise Alliance. Retired Gen. Colin L. Powell became America's Promise's Founding Chairman. Today, Alma Powell, wife of Colin Powell, serves as Chair of America's Promise.