What's New?

Filmmaker Luke Harwath has been working hard on his Iowa-Kosovo Documentary and has a sneak peak into this upcoming film! Luke has done a great job of showcasing Kosovo as an emerging country and how Iowa has had a role in it. Luke plans on premiering the film during Dokufest 2016 in Kosovo. Watch the video below to see the clip! 

There is a lot of work that still needs to be done and we need your help! In order to complete the film we are looking for donations to help this film become a reality. If you would like to donate to this film please use the form below to make a donation. 

In July, 2015, Veneto Region, Italy was hit by a surprise and violent tornado. There was one death, many were injured, and the loss of historical property was high. The Reional Government was still dealing with the clean up from the tornado when the Region was hit with heavy rain which caused flash flooding and landslides. Besides injuries and loss of property, there were 3 deaths. The Governor of Veneto Region-Governor Luca Zaia declared a state of emergency in the area where the deaths occurred. The citizens of Iowa are all too familiar with the damage, both physically and mentally, that tornados and flash flooding inflict. Our sister state relationship with Veneto is not only an avenue for exchange in the best of times, but also looked to as a source of strength in challenging times.   

​The funds raised will be sent directly to the Veneto Regional government via ISS. Donations will be accepted until Monday, December 4th, 2015 and we will send the donation at that time. Please click the form below to make a contribution to the Veneto Relief Fund. 


  • Yamanashi Prefecture Research Scholarship

***Check out our new Scholarship Opportunities page! It will have all of the newest        updates on scholarships for both Iowan scholars and for scholars from our                Sister States! 

  • Donate to the Veneto Relief Fund!

  • Iowa-Kosovo Documentary​

The Yamanashi Prefecture Research Scholarship is a unique scholarship opportunity, established almost 20 years ago between Iowa Sister States (ISS) and Yamanashi Prefectural University (YPU).​

Each year, ISS selects one current college student or recent college graduate from the state of Iowa (up to age 40) to attend classes and complete a research project of his or her choice at YPU, a public university located in Kofu. Applicants for this scholarship must speak Japanese at a high level and demonstrate an ability to be a positive ambassador for Iowa. 

Applications are due December 15, 2015. For application materials click on the button below. Any questions please email

What we do

Iowa Sister States (ISS) manages Iowa's official relationships with its 9 international partners. One of  the roles of ISS is to promote programs between our sister states and Iowa. These are a wide variety of programs, which can includes topics such as economic trade, professional development, agriculture, education, and many more. We host  a wide variety of delegations and groups from our sister states throughout the year. For more ISS and community events click below!

Support us

First and foremost, THANK YOU to the volunteers and financial supporters who have contributed to ISS programs over the years! We could not do what we do without your generous support of our international programs.

How to Donate

Click the form button below for directions on how to send a monetary donation to Iowa Sister States via check

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Who we are

Iowa Sister States is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization based in Des Moines, Iowa. We strive to build sustainable international partnerships that connect Iowans to the world community. Iowa has a powerful history of citizen diplomacy, and our dedicated volunteers and staff are proud to continue this legacy.

"If only people will get together, then so eventually will nations."

-- President Dwight D. Eisenhower