The ISS Board of Directors oversees our international programs and maintains the ethical and fiduciary responsibility of our organization to financial supporters, state government and Iowa's citizenry.
We wouldn't be able to do this sort of work with out the help of our supporters. Thank you all for your continual support!
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ISS is a 501(3)c non-profit organization that was founded in 1985 to manage Iowa's official relationships with foreign states, as established by the Governor of Iowa. Currently, Iowa has nine partnerships around the world:
Want a glimpse of what a year looks like at ISS?
Take a look at our 2016 Annual Report.
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ISS is a volunteer driven organization dedicated to connecting Iowans with the world community. Our Mission is to provide international programs that promote the interests of Iowans abroad. We do this by facilitating and hosting exchange programs between Iowa and our Sister States.
We provide Iowans (in all sectors) with opportunities statewide to connect with the international community via the sister state relationships. We host themed programs in various areas including: agriculture, law, business, culture, education, and many others. We facilitate exchange programs to host incoming delegations, as well as out-bound. We facilitate specific scholarship opportunities for Iowans to study in Iowa's sister states, as well as host students to attend Iowa-based colleges and universities.
With only two full-time staff, ISS relies on volunteers to provide the creativity and energy to maintain our partnerships around the world. Each partnership is led by one or two volunteers, who assist our staff with the development and implementation of our programs.