Council of the Americas
The Council of the Americas was established in 1963 as a U.S. – based business association of international companies with interests in Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. The Council's membership consists of leading corporations, banks, law firms, service consulting companies, and other companies with significant interests in the region. The purpose of the Council is to encourage strong commercial and trade relations among the businesses and economies of the Americas. Through its programs, the Council offers direct access to heads of state and other important figures such as ministers of economy, finance, planning, and energy, as well as central bank presidents, academics, and journalists. The Council maintains offices in both New York and Washington, D.C. and is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt business league under Section 501(c)(6) of the Code. As a business league (and not a charity described in Code Section 501(c)(3)), the Council actively pursues lobbying activities to advance its purpose and the interests of its members. The Council, works in close collaboration with the Americas Society, a tax-exempt public charity.