Iowa International Center

Engage Locally. Think Globally.

aka Iowa International Center   |   Des Moines, IA   |  www.iowainternationalcenter.org

Mission

The mission of the Iowa International Center is to build cultural respect at home and around the world one person at a time. The organizational was created in 1938 to assist refugees fleeing Europe during World War II. Since then, its scope of operation has grown to include a variety of programs, events, and services dedicated to it mission.

Ruling year info

1970

Executive Director

Ms. Patricia Grote

Main address

3839 Merle Hay Road Suite 259

Des Moines, IA 50310 USA

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Formerly known as

Iowa Council for International Understanding

EIN

42-0944296

NTEE code info

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

International Exchanges (Q23)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Our programs

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

Dialogue

The Iowa International Center offers the International Dialogue Series. These free forums are presented by local and visiting global experts and feature relevant international and cultural topics for the benefit and education of our entire community. Videos of these presentations are made available on YouTube for later viewing.

Population(s) Served

The Iowa International Center presents Passport to Prosperity each September. This inspiring annual awards celebration highlights the success and positive impact of immigrants and refugees on the social, cultural and economic fabric of our state. More than 300 of our most culturally-minded community leaders attend each year.

Population(s) Served

The Sehgal Foundation International Visitors Center hosts more than 130 global leaders annually for professional exchanges, bringing economic investment and diversity to central Iowa, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and USAID. These programs enhance a global worldview, citizen diplomacy and economic development opportunities here in Iowa and around the world.

Population(s) Served

Accessible ESL classes are taught by professional instructors and volunteers throughout Des Moines. Our instructions are enhanced by life skills training and free childcare, and with transportation removed as a barrier to attendance.

Population(s) Served

The Iowa International Center maintains a network of more than 120 professional interpreters in 60 languages and dialects for assistance at critical appointments around central Iowa, ensuring appropriate care for thousands who are not able to speak English, as well as the businesses, courts, health and human service providers serving them. We also provide resource to assist clients and community members with the translation of written documents - including birth records and more - into key languages.

Population(s) Served

The Free 24/7 Statewide Emergency Interpretation Hotline providing crisis service in 220 languages, for the well-being of both non-English speakers in the state of Iowa and those assisting them in life-threatening situations.

Population(s) Served

The Welcometoiowa.org website offers essential information about community resources that can benefit refugees and immigrants working to find work, educational opportunities and housing in Iowa, provided in 80 languages online.

Population(s) Served

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Financials

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Iowa International Center

Board of directors
as of 1/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cheryl Dahlquist

Meredith Corporation

Term: 2017 -

Ryan Clutter

Iowa Cubs

Jeff Aden

McKesson Corp

Brooke Schafer

Principal Global Investors

Tony Braida

Bankers Trust

Brendan Comito

Capital City Fruit Co

Ben Brackney

Bob MacKenzie

Mohammad Majeed

John Deere Des Moines Works

Li Zhao Mandelbaum

China Iowa Group

Zachary Marsh

Morgan Stanley

Dorothy Pisarski

Drake University

Elizabeth Van Arkel

Davis Brown Law Firm

Tim Wieland

Nationwide

Eleanor Zeff

Drake University

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No