Iris Inc

aka Iowa Resource for International Service   |   AMES, IA   |  http://www.iris-center.org

Mission

IRIS promotes international understanding, development, and peace by connecting Iowa to communities worldwide.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Del Christensen

Main address

2521 UNIVERSITY BLVD STE 123

AMES, IA 50010 USA

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EIN

42-1394408

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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As an organization, we struggle to diversify our funding base. With 99% of our funding coming from federal grants or subcontracts of federal grants, we need to identify and secure more private foundation and individual funding in order to develop a more sustainable future.

Our programs

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

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program

YES Program is a scholarship program created in 2002 by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). It was developed to help young people understand that Christians and Muslims can live in peace, respect one another’s religion and develop common goals for community improvement in their home countries. Since its infancy, the YES program has expended its mission to 40 different countries. The program also exposes students who do not normally have the opportunity to travel outside their own region to experience other parts of the world.

YES scholars are chosen from countries with significant Muslim populations to participate in an academic-year program funded by Congress and administered by the Department of State

In addition to attending school, students live with volunteer host families and engage in volunteer service and participate in activities to learn about American society, acquire leadership skills and help educate Americans about their country and culture.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

As an organization, we want to have a greater impact around the world by supporting alumni of our programs long after their cultural/educational exchange experience has completed. Most federal funding only covers costs while the participants are on their exchange program. We are working to expand our support into the future for these young men and women as they work to improve their communities in their home countries.

In 2014, IRIS developed the IRIS Global Citizen Scholarships and IRIS Alumni Global Grants. Each year, we distribute up to $20,000 towards these programs. The IRIS Alumni Global Grant is available to past participants of any IRIS program. The grants are provided to enable alumni to contribute to the social, economic and civic development of their countries. The IRIS Alumni Global Grant is intended to give alumni the opportunity to initiate projects of their own design in their home countries, including:
• Community service projects
• Projects to promote civic participation
• Professional development activities for community residents
• Projects to support and promote the skills gained through the IRIS program in which the alumni participated

The IRIS Global Citizen Scholarship is intended to assist IRIS alumni in continuing their educational pursuits by offering scholarships to attend training workshops or pursue other educational endeavors in their own country. Scholarships are open to any IRIS program alumni and are not limited to any program, program year or age range. Applicants must have returned to their home country, and the educational opportunity must occur in their home country.

Since 2014, a total of 31 students from around the world have received scholarships as well as 13 alumni project grants were funded through this important program. More than $100,000 has been distributed through this program since 2014.

IRIS maintains an expansive communications network with our alumni, including alumni coordinators in many countries. Our alumni have become community leaders and have shown great innovation in building and supporting their local communities. IRIS stays in regular contact with our alumni through personal contacts, social media and other methods.

To date, more than 2,200 participants from 54 different countries have taken part in IRIS programs. The visitors have included students, journalists, business professionals, educators and government leaders. Most of the countries represented in our programs are in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. We hope to expand our reach in the near future into more South American countries.

Financials

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Iris Inc

Board of directors
as of 12/10/2019
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Board chair

Susan Anderson

Susan Anderson

Chris Fultz

Mike Coverdale

Vani Bojja

Robert Anderson

Pamela Pomerenk

Nicole Gassman

Ursula Ruedenberg