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INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 11/24/2014: INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE INC

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AKA  ICx
Houston, TX

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INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 11/24/2014: INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE INC

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Also Known As: ICx
Physical Address: Houston, TX 77070 1345
EIN: 20-1019923
Web URL: WWW.InternationalCulturaleXchange.Org 
Blog URL: WWW.InternationalCoffeeHaus.Org 
NTEE Category: Q International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q20 Promotion of International Understanding
Q International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q21 International Cultural Exchange
B Educational Institutions
B80 Student Services and Organizations
Ruling Year: 2004 
How This Organization Is Funded: Individual Donors - $4,000
Organizations - $2,000


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Mission Statement

The mission of the International Cultural Exchange is to promote cross-cultural understanding through interactions between international students and local families.

Legitimacy Information

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Annual Revenue & Expenses

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2013
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2013

Total Revenue $29,376
Total Expenses $25,519

Revenue & Expenses

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Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2013

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Leadership

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Janet Giesen

Term:

Since Jan 1994

Profile:

Janet Giesen is well known with the international student community. For over 15 years she has been involved in helping international students adjust to life in the United States. She has traveled extensively and has lived abroad for many years. This experience has given her the perspective of seeing the program's impact overseas. Giesen is in the position to provide the leadership and insight necessary to provide the services that matter to international students.

Leadership Statement:

We have seen the need for the services of the International Cultural Exchange grow. We started as a group of local families interested in helping international students who are studying here in Houston. We quickly realized many of these students live and study here for years and yet never visit or meet a local person or family. We saw many students leave the Houston area uninformed about life, culture, or history in this area. We started working together to meet students, welcome then into our homes for dinner, or special occasions. The impact was immediate. Those students over the years have developed relationships that last to this day, almost a decade later. In many ways the International Cultural Exchange has done more to create cultural understanding and peace than many of the high profile international agencies have done. A person to person contact is what makes it possible. We see the global economy as only growing and these relationships will become key in the next generation to develop a more peaceful and understanding world.

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Programs

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Program Description:

The International Cultural Exchange's major operating program is the "Friendship" program. This program matches international students with a family. The family and students share events together that allow each other to understand each other's culture.

Program Long-Term Success:

We have expanded to include additional campus of the local community college.

Program Short-Term Success:

Program Success Monitored by:

Program Success Examples:

Program: Friendship Partners (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$5,000
Category:
Education
Population Served:
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Program Description:

The "Friendship Partner" program is one of the major operating programs of the International Culural Exchange.  This program matches international students with a local family.  The family and student share events and family time.  These interactions allow each other to gain insight into each other's culture and lives.

Program Long-Term Success:

This program is successful in promoting peace and understanding between other cultures and life in the United States.  This program changes perceptions of America and allows international students to create a new perspective.  In addition, the families and partners involved also have gain a new understand of these cultures.

Program Short-Term Success:

This program provides support services to students arriving for the first time in the United States and to those having specific diversity related needs.

Program Success Monitored by:

We monitor this program by attendance at orientations, events, on-line registration, post event evaluations.  We check attitudinal changes to both partners at the end of each semester.

Program Success Examples:

We have had board members make international trips to talk with the families of the students.  These families have never been to the United States and share with us their initial fears.  After their child is in our program they tell us, with tears in their eyes, how much this program a relieved them of anxiety about the dangers their child could face in the United States.

Program: International Coffee Haus (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$6,000
Category:
International, Foreign Affairs & National Security
Population Served:
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Program Description:

This program brings together the Friendship Partners and the international students for a planned cultural event.  This includes holidays, sporting events, and local community events.    These events give the students a chance to learn important aspects of the American culture.

Program Long-Term Success:

The long-term success of this program is the number of international students who attended these events each year.  Long-term we should have the majority of the new international students in these events each year.

Program Short-Term Success:

In the short term we are measuring the success by the number of international students who attend each event.  We are also measuring the number of friendship partners who host these event.s

Program Success Monitored by:

Each quarter the events for the programs are reviewed by the board of directors.  Any event that does not have a significant number of international students, is reviewed to determine the cause.

Program Success Examples:

The latest program success was indicated by the international students who were attending the community college as part of a United States Department of State program.  We had complete participation of this student population and positive feedback both from the students and the program.

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Budget:
$5,000
Category:
Education
Population Served:
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Program Description:

The International Cultural Exchange funds scholarship programs at local universities and colleges.  The schools use these funds for their scholarship programs to help students who otherwise would find it difficult to continue their education.

Program Long-Term Success:

We measure long-term success by the number of the students who go on to complete their planned education with a degree program.

Program Short-Term Success:

The immediate success metric is the number of scholarship programs we are able to provide support for.  This is dependent on the number of the students in the program who become enrolled in a degree program.

Program Success Monitored by:

Each quarter the board of directors reviews the current scholarship recipients to determine their qualifications.

Program Success Examples:

Recently, one donation helped fund a scholarship for one of the more active members of the International Cultural Exchange.  Over the next year he received a teaching assistantship.  Without the initial scholarship it is doubtful if he would have been able to continue his education.

Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

The International Cultural Exchange has extended the program to cover more campuses of the Lone Star College System. In addition, we have expanded the number of "Friendship Partners" and have added additional cultural events to the International Student's experience. For this next year we plan to expand the number of events, continue to increase the number of International Students served, and increase fund raising activities.

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