About the American Coal Foundation

Learn more about the American Coal Foundation, including who is involved with the organization and what it provides for educators.



Who Is the American Coal Foundation?

The American Coal Foundation (ACF) was created in 1981 as a 501(c)(3) organization to develop, produce, and disseminate coal-related educational materials and programs designed for teachers and students. ACF currently provides all materials online. The ACF does not engage in lobbying activities. All contributions to the ACF are tax deductible.

Who Is Involved with the ACF?

Support for the ACF is provided by coal producers and manufacturers of mining equipment and supplies. In addition, electric utilities, railroads, and organized labor have supported the work of the Foundation over the years. The ACF Board of Directors, comprised of industry executives, manages the operation of the Foundation.

How Does the ACF Develop Its Educational Resources?

ACF staff members work closely with outside educational partners to develop credible and effective educational materials for distribution to teachers. Working with these educational professionals, ACF developed standards-based lesson plans for this website, with hyperlinks to actual standards for math, science, and social studies. For teacher comments about ACF materials, click here.

What Are the ACF’s Activities?

 The United States of Energy:
The American Coal Foundation has created a classroom program called “The United States of Energy,” a program for elementary school students that takes a look at the many energy sources that power the United States—from your light switch to your water heater.

Click here to download this program of lesson plans, family activities, and mini-poster.

 Online Educational Materials:
The ACF provides coal-related educational materials to teachers, students and the general public through this website, teachcoal.org. Materials includes standards-based lesson plans, hands-on activities, and downloadable booklets, including the Power from Coal activity book and teacher guide.

 Other Educational Workshops:
The ACF is in contact with other coal- and energy-related groups to educate the public about coal and energy. Educational groups such as the Lignite Energy Council, The Colorado Mining Foundation, the Indiana Division of Reclamation, and others offer teacher workshops to provide hands-on learning about energy, coal, and mining through activities and lesson plans.

Read about a past event in Cadiz, KY, where students learned about the culture and history of Appalachia