Go Global NC

We connect North Carolina and the world.

aka Go Global NC   |   Wake Forest , NC   |  www.goglobalnc.org

Mission

We are Go Global NC (formerly The Center for International Understanding) and we connect North Carolina to the world and the world to North Carolina. For 40 years our international education and training programs have empowered North Carolina leaders with the skills, understanding, connections, and knowledge to succeed in a global community. Learn more about how our work strengthens North Carolina to act, grow, and prosper.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Dr. Meredith Henderson

Deputy Director

Rachel Page

Main address

PO Box 2162

Wake Forest , NC 27588 USA

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Formerly known as

NC Center for International Understanding

EIN

56-1751280

NTEE code info

International Exchanges (Q23)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since 1979, Go Global NC designs and manages programs that build the capacity of policy leaders, educators, students, and business and community leaders to enable North Carolina to succeed in a global economy and increasingly interdependent world. Its portfolio includes international experiential learning; domestic workshops and training; and coordination of the country’s largest network of Chinese-language classrooms in public schools. It serves as a resource to to State and local government agencies. Go Global also convenes the N.C. Coalition for Global Competitiveness, a collaborative effort of government, academic and business leaders with a focus on international engagement and development.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

China Programs

With China’s emergence as world economic powerhouse and strong Chinese business presence in North Carolina, students who study Chinese culture, language, and history will be in a stronger position and able to take advantage of global opportunities within NC, the United States, and the rest of the world. Chinese is the fastest growing language in North Carolina – five years ago, there were just over 300 K-12 students studying Chinese language in our state. As of the 2012-13 academic year that number is over 7,500, thanks in large part to Go Global NC’s Confucius Classroom Collaborative.

During the 2015-16 academic year, our 33 Chinese guest teachers provide Chinese language and culture instruction in 41 schools throughout the state. These teachers are all licensed by the State of North Carolina and are employed by the school districts in which they work. Our Chinese guest teachers can stay in NC schools for up to three years to help jump start the study of Chinese, the most widely spoken language in the world.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Since 1995, Go Global NC (formerly the Center for International Understanding) has provided study abroad programs to help educators bring the world to North Carolina classrooms. Teachers from all grade levels and all subject areas use what they learned to ignite an interest in global cooperation and competition.

Through the Global Teachers Program:

More than 800 K-12 teachers and administrators have studied abroad.
The education systems, histories, and cultures of 14 different countries have been explored.
Hundreds of original global lesson plans have been developed and implemented.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Cultural Correspondents have connected with NC classrooms from Chile, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand, and more, igniting students’ interest in learning about the world. Go Global NC works with North Carolina University Study Abroad Offices to identify Cultural Correspondents and matches interested study abroad students with K-12 classroom teachers. Study abroad students prepare a 15-30 minute presentations or lessons once a month to share with their NC partner classroom. Both the scope and topic of the presentation(s) are determined in consultation with their host teacher in North Carolina.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Global Leaders program takes policymakers and business leaders abroad to focus on international business, trade and education opportunities for North Carolina.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The goal is to develop relationships and strategies to positively integrate the Latino community into the fabric of their new North Carolina communities.

Regional teams of local government, health, education, business and nonprofit leaders focus on the opportunities and challenges presented by changing demographics.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Global engagement is the process of strategically connecting and collaborating with other peoples and nations in order to increase knowledge of diverse cultures and expand economic, educational, social, or political relationships and opportunities. This Blueprint is an important step towards elevating global engagement in North Carolina. It is both a road-map and a commitment to a collaborative process geared toward optimizing our state’s global potential in a complex and dynamic world.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Core Strategies
1. Provide cross-cultural experiential learning
2. Educate stakeholders through evidence based best practices
3. Provide thought leadership and facilitate the collaboration between influencers to drive change
4. Support cultural competency and foreign language acquisition

Individual Outcomes
1. Participants display increased capacity and understanding of other cultures
2. Participants gain Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes for advocating a position as it pertains to global engagement
3. Participants have a plan of action for advancing global engagement in NC
4. Increased proficiency in a second language among participants

Societal Outcomes
1. NC students are prepared with the necessary skill sets to engage and compete in a global world/marketplace
2. NC leaders/teachers /influencers are equipped to live and work in a global society
3. NC communities are equipped with the relationships and strategies to positively integrate our new neighbors
4. NC communities are equipped with the cultural competence to increase their attractiveness for external investments and opportunities
5. NC communities are more prepared to make decisions with an informed understanding of their global impacts
6. North Carolinians are equipped to effectively engage the world and build bridges to other cultures, leading to increased economic well-being and quality of life

Ultimate Impact
North Carolina is the most globally engaged state in the nation

Go Global NC Core Strategies
Core strategies are the broad, overarching program directions an organization adopts as the processes it will achieve use to its mission. A starting point for developing core strategies may be existing programs. However, it is also important to utilize additional information gathered in the strategic planning process as well. As was mentioned earlier in this document, in order to achieve its mission, “connecting North Carolina and the world,” the staff and programs will utilize the following four core strategies.

1. Provide cross-cultural experiential learning
2. Educate stakeholders through evidence based best practices
3. Provide thought leadership and facilitate the collaboration between influencers to drive change
4. Support cultural competency and foreign language acquisition

Infrastructure and Foundational Support Staff
Communications, Data and Policy Analysis, Development and Partner Engagement, Financial Management, and Senior Leadership combine to create a comprehensive approach to organizational management and support services for execution of Go Global NC’s programs.

Communications – Communications is responsible for managing, protecting, and promoting all aspects of Go Global NC’s reputation and brand, as well as the credibility and capabilities of its staff, through external messaging and marketing, including program collateral, website, online/social and traditional media, newsletters, other public relations functions, and crisis management messaging if necessary. Communications is also responsible for internal communication that connects and informs Go Global NC staff, the Board, and its UNC System leadership through in-person meetings, internal messaging, and other reporting.

Data and Policy Analysis – Data and Policy Analysis provides strategic planning and evaluation services to the organization and programs, including identification and application of best practices, in-depth program reviews, analysis of emerging data and trends, development of assessment tools, serve as a clearing house for global engagement data, and conduct process and outcome evaluations.

Development and Partner Engagement - Development and Partner Engagement supports the fundraising and philanthropic goals of the organization, Council, and UNC System Office in the following ways: function as a resource to staff (in terms of community or humanitarian initiatives); act as a managing liaison between the Board and the organization; engage in efforts to raise additional funds and establish new contacts and donors within the community; act as a liaison and engage with external and internal partners (including current and potential donors); encourage engagement between staff and current or potential donors; serve as a public facing entity of the organization.

Financial Management - Finance Management develops processes that enable the organization to be agile, effective and fiscally responsible; manages accounts payable and receivable for the Council; reconciles accounts; provides accurate and timely reports; prepares audit and tax information for external audit and tax filing; and assists with organization budget development and monitoring.


Senior Leadership - Senior Leadership supports the goals of the organization, Council, and UNC System Office in the following ways: functions as a resource to staff for guidance on programs, finances, human resources, etc.; supports the development and growth of staff; acts as a liaison and engages with external partners (such as the Council Board, existing and potential partners and donors, the UNC System, and government officials); encourages engagement between staff and external partners; and oversees day-to-day operations of the organization.

Successful Implementation of the Strategic Plan
Successful implementation of the strategic plan depends on the contribution and dedication of several stakeholders, led by the executive director, staff, board, and UNC System leadership. As Go Global NC seeks to achieve the strategies and priorities defined in this plan, the development and implementation of supportive supplemental materials is paramount. Supplemental materials provide guidance and support to the strategic plan and inform the development and alignment of programs and activities at Go Global NC. Supplemental materials include annual work plans, program plans, evaluation plans, risk mitigation, budgets, communications, and development. Go Global NC’s strategic plan will undergo ongoing annual or biennial reviews to ensure continued alignment strategic plans, activities, and resources.

New Programs and Projects on the Horizon
Go Global NC will continue to encounter new opportunities for growth and acceleration of its existing programs and operations over the next five years, FY 2018-2019 to FY 2022-2023. This section is designed to acknowledge these opportunities for growth and expansions, however to do so judiciously and according to a set of standards for adopting/accepting/allowing the exploration of new programs/new projects and ultimately the planning, implementation, and evaluation of new programs.

Upon implementation of this strategic plan, a subcommittee will be tasked with the goal of reviewing and updating existing resources (i.e., new program feasibility document) to develop a process (e.g., timeline, feasibility study, strategic planning and evaluation, and departmental approvals) for determining Go Global NC’s commitment to new programs/projects.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Leaders across North Carolina

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have changed our outreach approach from seven one hour meetings to two 3.5 hour meetings based on community input.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Go Global NC

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jean Davis

Consultant

Term: 2018 - 2022

Jim Fain

Anita Brown-Graham, J.D

Institute for Emerging Issues, NC State University

Leslie Boney

UNC-General Administration

Peter Brunstetter

Novant Health, Inc

Jean Davis

MCNC

Edward Fiske

Former Education Editor of the New York Times and editor of the Fiske Guide to Colleges

Wayne McDevitt

NC State Board of Education

Cris Charbonneau

KnowledgeWorks

Jennifer Parser

Poyner Spruill, LLP

Jose Perez

Global Markets of iConsulting

Cosette Serabjit-Singh

Joe Whitehead

NC A&T State University

Millie Ravenel

Millie Ravenel is a global educator and was the founder and Executive Director of Center for International Understanding (now Go Global NC) for 32 years, retiring in 2011

Robert "Bob" Orr

UNC, Professor of Law

Nicole Murphey

Bridgehouse Law LLP

Liz Tracy

Director, HQ Raleigh

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/18/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.