Global Ties U.S.
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|Headquarters||Washington, DC, U.S.|
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Global Ties U.S., formerly known as the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV), is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1961 to promote excellence in citizen diplomacy. It is based in Washington, D.C., in the United States.
Global Ties U.S. members include international organizations, national program agencies, and more than 90 community-based organizations throughout the United States. Members design and implement professional programs, provide cultural activities, and offer home hospitality opportunities for foreign leaders, specialists, and international scholars participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange programs. More than one third of the community members are staffed by volunteers.
After World War II the International Visitor Program (IVP) brought in an annually increasing number of foreign visitors to the United States. As it became difficult for the United States Department of State to facilitate the research and logistics of the program, they turned to private sector organizations such as the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the Governmental Affairs Institute (GAI). These national program agencies (NPAs), funded by the Department of State, would work in collaboration with more voluntary, locally established centers for international visitors (CIVs) to map out an itinerary for incoming international visitors.
A number of issues became evident as these private organizations functioned together. The NPAs and CIVs had been working in poor communication and coordination — both among and within themselves — resulting in a stifled exchange of skills and information and therefore programming capacity; and it was not clear as to how those organizations should be funded.
Representatives from relevant organizations held many discussions to address these financial and communicative issues. On February 11, 1957, the Interim Council for Community Services to International Visitors (ICCSIV) was established to help sustain the growth of the IVP and its local organizations. The ICCSIV, whose membership reflected both private and public organizations, served as a sort of Board of Directors to coordinate the efforts between NPAs and CIVs.
Members of the ICCSIV agreed to establish the National Council for Community Services to International Visitors (NCCSIV) on November 30, 1960, a first step toward creating an official organization. NCCSIV adopted the acronym COSERV in April, 1961, and officially incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1965. COSERV changed its name to the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) on October 1, 1979, to reflect its central role as a coordinator for CIVs and other programming agencies for the International Visitor Leadership Program. The organization changed its name to Global Ties U.S. in 2014.
Nobel Peace Prize nomination
Citizen Diplomat Award
Global Ties U.S. distributes numerous awards in recognition of excellent citizen diplomacy, the most well-known of which is its Citizen Diplomat Award. Global Ties U.S. presents the Citizen Diplomat Award to an individual or institution "for outstanding achievements in furthering the cause of international understanding and global engagement".
|2016||Seth Goldman||Co-Founder and CEO Emeritus, Honest Tea|
|2015||Richard C. Morias||Author, The Hundred-Foot Journey|
|2014||Taharka Brothers Ice Cream Company and De La Sol Haiti||Social Entrepreneurs|
|2013||Dr. Aaron Shirley||Founder of the HealthConnect program in Jackson, Mississippi, Chairman of the Board for the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, and co-founder of the Jackson Hinds Comprehensive Health Center|
|2009||Rick Steves||Author and Founder, Europe Through the Back Door|
|2008||Garth Fagan||Founder and Artistic Director, Garth Fagan Dance|
|2007||Keith Reinhard||Founder, President, Business for Diplomatic Action|
|2000||Richard Stanley||Founder and CEO of the Stanley Foundation|
|1993||Maya Angelou||Poet and Activist|
|1990||John Richardson, Jr.||Assistant Secretary of State, ECA
Founder, U.S. Institute for Peace
|1987||J. William Fulbright||Senator (D-AR)|
- San Diego Diplomacy Council
- Global Ties San Francisco
- International Relations Council of Riverside
- International Visitors Council of Los Angeles
- Northern California World Trade Center
- Stanford University, Office of International Affairs
- UCLA International Visitors Bureau
- Boulder Council for International Visitors
- Colorado Springs Committee for International Visitors
- Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council
- Global Ties Miami
- World Affairs Council of Central Florida
- World Partnerships, Inc.
- Idaho Council for International Visitors
- Freeport Area International Visitors Council
- Geneseo International Thanksgiving Fellowship
- Paris International Fellowship
- Rock River Valley International Fellowship
- Springfield Commission on International Visitors
- Colleagues International, Inc.
- International Visitors Council of Metropolitan Detroit
- Michigan Council on Citizen Diplomacy
- International Center of Syracuse
- International Center of the Capital Region
- International Institute of Buffalo
- Rochester Global Connections
- Cleveland Council on World Affairs
- Global Ties Akron
- Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council
- International Visitors Council, Inc.
- Wright State University
- Oklahoma City International Visitors Council
- Tulsa Global Alliance
- El Paso Council for International Visitors
- Global North Texas
- San Antonio Council for International Visitors
- World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
- World Affairs Council of South Texas
- Gibson, John S. (October 1997). The International Visitor Program: The United States Government and the National Council for International Visitors.
- "NCIV Announces Name Change to Global Ties U.S.". Global Ties U.S. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
- "Boston Volunteers Among Those Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize". The Free Library. March 21, 2001. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
- "Global Ties U.S. Members". Retrieved 2015-10-15.
- "Citizen Diplomat Award". Retrieved 2015-10-15.
- U.S. Citizen Diplomats Launch Education Campaign about Islam (from America.gov August 29, 2002)
- Anti-Americanism Prompts Push for “Citizen Diplomacy” (from The New York Times July 26, 2006)