Global Ties U.S.

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Global Ties U.S.
501(c)(3) non-profit
Industry Citizen diplomacy
Founded 1961
Headquarters Washington, DC, U.S.
Number of employees
7
Website www.globaltiesus.org

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.

History[edit]

Founding[edit]

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[1] 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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1] 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,[1] 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.[1] COSERV changed its name to the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) on October 1, 1979,[1] 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.[2]

Nobel Peace Prize nomination[edit]

Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) nominated Global Ties U.S. (then NCIV) and its volunteers for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.[3]

Members[edit]

Global Ties U.S. has over 90 community-based member organizations[4] throughout the United States. The role of these organizations is to organize programs for participants in the IVLP.

Citizen Diplomat Award[edit]

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".[5]

Past Recipients
Year Recipient Title
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)

Community-Based Members[edit]

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

  • Idaho Council for International Visitors

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

Wyoming

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Gibson, John S. (October 1997). The International Visitor Program: The United States Government and the National Council for International Visitors. 
  2. ^ "NCIV Announces Name Change to Global Ties U.S.". Global Ties U.S. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Boston Volunteers Among Those Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize". The Free Library. March 21, 2001. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  4. ^ "Global Ties U.S. Members". Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  5. ^ "Citizen Diplomat Award". Retrieved 2015-10-15. 

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