In the fall of 2001, Dr. Ameen A Rihani visited the Untied States with the plan to establish a corporation for the University in the name of The American Friends of Notre Dame University (AFNDU). The first step was taken in Washington, D.C. where Dr. Rihani gathered a group of about twenty interested friends and discussed with them the three main documents that he had prepared for this purpose. 1). Why NDU? The idea was to highlight the characteristics of the University. 2). The objective for this association. 3). The suggested plan of action.
After a few meetings, the confirmed members elected the first Executive Committee of the Association, which decided to start immediately reviewing the objectives and the plan of action. On the same trip, parallel arrangements were made in Detroit, Michigan and on a second trip a similar meeting took place in New Britain, Connecticut. The Washington, D.C. chapter worked to finalize the 501 C3 as a non-profit corporation officially recognized on the State level of Maryland and also on the Federal level in the USA. The legal documents were issued in July 3, 2003 and January 2016.