Help Us Build a Better Future: Year-End Message from IIE President Allan Goodman
With the generous support of our sponsors and donors, the Institute of International Education (IIE) fosters peace and prosperity through the international exchange of people and ideas. Our programs and activities this year have benefited nearly 30,000 individuals from almost every country of the world. You have helped build a better future by making "international" an integral part of what it means to be educated, keeping academic opportunities open in the U.S. and around the world, and delivering emergency support to students and scholars in danger.
Please help us continue this important work in 2012 by making a gift today.
Three stories from the past year demonstrate how your investment in IIE has advanced positive change in our world:
The Fulbright Program, which IIE administers on behalf of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers dynamic opportunities for students and scholars to collaborate globally to address challenges and promote mutual understanding. In 2011, a young American woman specializing in environmental public policy received a Fulbright grant to conduct research in Wuhan, China, a city of 10 million. Her research on local policies to reduce plastic waste explored a new national campaign to promote environmental awareness in China. Contributions from donors help to maximize the impact of the Fulbright Program by supporting enrichment activities and expanding the Fulbright Legacy Fund, which enables Fulbright alumni to continue innovative work when they return home.
IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) saves the lives and work of scholars around the world facing persecution. Recently, a highly respected physician and professor from Darfur, Sudan received a fellowship from SRF after being threatened with detention and torture for treating war victims in a rehabilitation center that he had founded. Today, this scholar continues his valuable research in a safe haven country, speaks openly about the crisis in Darfur, and feeds knowledge back home until he can return. To date, SRF has rescued 436 scholars from 46 countries, placing them at over 250 safe institutions in 40 countries.
Contributions to the Institute's Emergency Student Fund make it possible for us to support students who face urgent needs due to natural disasters or political turmoil or violence. One Haitian student assisted through your generosity after the tragic earthquake wrote, "This contribution to my education will have a lifelong impact in my life and the lives of those I will be caring for in Haiti after I receive my nursing degree. Thank you." Most recently, emergency funds helped hundreds of students from Japan and Libya whose home country support was jeopardized to complete their studies.
We are grateful to all of our donors and public and private sector partners for making our critical work and many other stories like these possible.
Please join us in continuing to invest in responsible future leaders and our global community by making a year-end gift to IIE today.
With gratitude for your support of IIE and best wishes for 2012,
Dr. Allan E. Goodman
President and CEO, Institute of International Education
P.S. Please see yesterday's article in Crain's New York Business listing IIE as the third largest non-for-profit in New York City!
We are writing to you because we believe you share our belief that peace and prosperity around the world depend on increasing the capacity of people to think and work on a global and intercultural basis.
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