International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

International Cultural Exchange Inc

  • Houston, TX
  • www.internationalculturalexchange.com

Mission Statement

The mission of the International Cultural Exchange is to promote cross-cultural understanding through interactions between international students and local families.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Friendship Partners
  3. International Coffee Haus
  4. Funding Scholarship Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Houston, Texas

Harris County, Texas

West Montgomery County, Texas

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer since 1994

Self-reported

Janet Giesen

Keywords

Self-reported

international, students, university, culture, hosts, college, home, schools, education, friendship

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Also Known As

ICX

EIN

20-1019923

Physical Address

11302 Ericston Drive

Houston, 77070 1345

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

The International Cultural Exchange has extended the program to cover more campuses of the Lone Star College System. In addition, we have expanded the number of "Friendship Partners" and have added additional cultural events to the International Student's experience.

For this next year we plan to expand the number of events, continue to increase the number of International Students served, and increase fund raising activities.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The International Cultural Exchange's major operating program is the "Friendship" program. This program matches international students with a family. The family and students share events together that allow each other to understand each other's culture.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Friendship Partners

The "Friendship Partner" program is one of the major operating programs of the International Culural Exchange.  This program matches international students with a local family.  The family and student share events and family time.  These interactions allow each other to gain insight into each other's culture and lives.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 3

International Coffee Haus

This program brings together the Friendship Partners and the international students for a planned cultural event.  This includes holidays, sporting events, and local community events. 

 

These events give the students a chance to learn important aspects of the American culture.

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Budget

$6,000.00

Program 4

Funding Scholarship Programs

The International Cultural Exchange funds scholarship programs at local universities and colleges.  The schools use these funds for their scholarship programs to help students who otherwise would find it difficult to continue their education.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Budget

$5,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    There are two simple goals of the International Cultural Exchange: help and learn.

    For every international student that is attending college in our area will provide help to them establishing themselves in our community and to make their stay safe and enjoyable.

    For every one of our volunteers we will provide an opportunity to learn about the culture and lives of those international students.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our current strategies are also clear and simple. First, we partner with the local colleges to help them help their new students. In this way, the college benefits from having local families involved in creating a safe and enjoyable experience for their students. Second, we conduct events in local homes that provide a vehicle for students to interact with local families.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have a well developed network of volunteers, families, and former international students. They all recognize the impact of the International Cultural Exchange and provide support for the next wave of students.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Though interactions and meetings with formal international students. Their feedback and comments help not only measure impact but improve our programs.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have been able to meet with each batch of international students arriving at the local college for the past eight years. We have yet to be able to find a way to meet them as they arrive at the airport. The local college does not have this information since students are on their own to find their way to the school and to arrange housing.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Houston, Texas

Harris County, Texas

West Montgomery County, Texas

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Funding Needs

The International Cultural Exchange has a need for operating funds of $30,000 per year.  In addition, funds are needed for the yearly scholarship program.

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Financials

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International Cultural Exchange, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

International Cultural Exchange Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Janet Giesen

BIO

Janet Giesen is well known with the international student community. For over 15 years she has been involved in helping international students adjust to life in the United States. She has traveled extensively and has lived abroad for many years. This experience has given her the perspective of seeing the program's impact overseas. Giesen is in the position to provide the leadership and insight necessary to provide the services that matter to international students.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We have seen the need for the services of the International Cultural Exchange grow. We started as a group of local families interested in helping international students who are studying here in Houston.

We quickly realized many of these students live and study here for years and yet never visit or meet a local person or family. We saw many students leave the Houston area uninformed about life, culture, or history in this area.

We started working together to meet students, welcome then into our homes for dinner, or special occasions. The impact was immediate. Those students over the years have developed relationships that last to this day, almost a decade later.

In many ways the International Cultural Exchange has done more to create cultural understanding and peace than many of the high profile international agencies have done. A person to person contact is what makes it possible.

We see the global economy as only growing and these relationships will become key in the next generation to develop a more peaceful and understanding world."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Charles Giesen

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Term: Nov 2011 - Nov 2012

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?