GLOBAL TIES ALABAMA

Globalizing Alabama one handshake at a time

Huntsville, AL   |  http://globaltiesalabama.org

Mission

GLOBAL TIES ALABAMA PROMOTES INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH CITIZEN DIPLOMACY AND ENRICHES ALABAMA'S EDUCATION, COMMERCE AND GLOBAL AWARENESS.

Ruling year info

2007

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Jacquelyn Shipe

Main address

4920 University Square, Suite #D

Huntsville, AL 35816 USA

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Formerly known as

International Services Council of Alabama

EIN

63-0506191

NTEE code info

International Exchanges (Q23)

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

International Student Exchange and Aid (Q22)

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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?

Central America Youth Ambassador(CAYA)

The Central American Youth Ambassador (CAYA) Program is a U.S. Department of State youth exchange designed to strengthen the leadership skills of young people from Central America and the United States. This multi-national exchange also builds bonds of friendship and understanding between people of Central America, the Dominican Republic, and people of the United States.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Eisenhower Fellowships identifies, empowers and connects innovative leaders through a transformative fellowship experience and lifelong engagement in a global network of dynamic change agents committed to creating a world more peaceful, prosperous and just.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The mission of the Open World Leadership Center, an arm of the U.S. Congress, is to introduce rising leaders of emerging countries to the importance of legislative functions in creating and sustaining democracies. This is done through the introduction of young foreign leaders to the American democratic governing systems and free market operations at every level: federal, state, and local. The Center also maintains a continuing relationship with the network of leaders it has enlisted, especially with those from countries crucial to American national security interests.

Population(s) Served
Adults

An international exchange program focused on the themes of entrepreneurship skills and enhanced Euro-Atlantic integration designed for 47 young professionals from 42 European countries. Fellows will begin their program in Washington, DC with discussions about entrepreneurship and innovation in the U.S. including meetings hosted by Google and the U.S. Department of State. Subsequently, they will spend two weeks working at carefully-selected host institutions in one of eight participating cities: Albany, NY; Albuquerque, NM; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Huntsville, AL; Pittsburgh, PA; and Seattle, WA. Fellows will be assigned individual mentors and have the opportunity to participate in the day-to-day operations of their host organizations and benefit from job-shadowing and professional interaction with their American peers. The program will conclude in San Francisco, CA for an opportunity to present a strategic plan or community action plan during a pitch session and reflect on their experiences as a group.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

President Obama’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders to strengthen their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

The Global Perspective Inventory (GPI) is a web-based assessment of individual experiences and development of a global perspective. The emphasis placed on cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal dimensions provides a holistic approach to assessing learning and development. The GPI is beneficial for those involved with program assessment and institutional improvement initiative

Population(s) Served
Adults

Established in 2007, the annual Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award honors women around the globe who have exemplified exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights, women’s equality, and social progress, often at great personal risk. This is the only Department of State award that pays tribute to emerging women leaders worldwide.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The U.S. Department of State has outlined the objectives of this project as follows: to learn how the U.S. communities, government, and academic institutions combat right-wing extremism, discuss how law enforcement agencies identify, investigate, and prosecute hate crimes, and to explore strategies for implementing hate crime education programs and promoting tolerance for youth.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Department of State has outlined the objectives of this project for the Republic of Columbia as follows: to discuss policies and practices that promote sustainable rural development, examine laws and procedures related to land use and dispute settlement, and to explore innovations and opportunities in rural development.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The U.S. Department of State has outlined the objectives of this project for the participants from France as follows: introduce a variety of institutions working to protect the rights of ethnic, racial, religious, and sexual minorities as well as the rights of women, study how immigrants and minorities are integrated into American society while keeping their individual identities, evaluate the U.S. approaches to interfaith dialogue, and to engage community-based organizations and advocacy groups working to empower undeserved communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The U.S. Department of State has outlined the objectives for this program for participants from Africa as follows: introduce a variety of institutions working to protect the rights of ethnic, religious, racial, and sexual minorities as well as the rights of women, to study how immigrants and minorities are integrated into American society while maintaining their identities, engage community-based organizations working to empower undeserved communities, and to study American federalism at the foundation of government.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Numbers of Visitors per Year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This Metric tracks our number of International Visitors in any given year across our IVLP and non-IVLP programming. This metric includes virtual visitors as well starting in 2020.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Numbers of Volunteer Hours

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Global Ties Alabama promotes international relationships through citizen diplomacy and enriches Alabama's education, commerce and global awareness

Global Ties U.S. Strategic Plan is built on three pillars that guide everything we do. They include:

Our Vision that the path to global peace and prosperity depends on our willingness to understand one another and build trust.
Our Belief that international exchange programs have the potential to change lives for the better, provided that these programs are well-executed and scaled. When successful, we build trust where none existed before, enabling people to work together across borders and cultures to improve their lives and livelihoods.
Our Commitment to engage and support our global network of organizations to help ensure their work fulfills their promise and potential.

Large network of Volunteers that include home hospitality and home stay host, drivers and local guides. Professional resources through out the entire state of Alabama including but not limited to politicians, community and business leaders.

Our organization has continually grown our Diplomatic Corps of Volunteers over the past several years. We have expanded into providing programming for additional industries and academic and professional fields that we have not traditionally had the capacity for. With the emergence of Covid-19, Global Ties Alabama has also developed a robust toolkit for virtual exchanges. Through our growth over the years, Global Ties Alabama has continually worked to provide well-planned, efficacious programming that works to develop an increasingly global and interconnected society in Alabama and provide a foundation through which people-to-people ties can better the lives of our volunteers, resources, and participants and promote peaceful exchange across borders.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Email or in-person follow-up communication with volunteers, resources, and participants,

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

    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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Due to the impact of Covid-19 on Global Ties Alabama, we transitioned many of our programs, including our quarterly Global Perspectives Institute (GPI) speaker series, to a new virtual format. As a result of feedback from participants and viewers, Global Ties Alabama began providing weekly, rather than quarterly, GPI events. Based upon further feedback after the initial weekly GPIs, we then began hosting the events at 1PM instead of 5PM as many interested individuals could not be available during the original 5PM time slot.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our organization takes the post-program feedback we receive and uses it to incorporate our visitor's satisfaction and experiences with our resources to revise future programs by emphasizing or deemphasizing resources our visitors have highlighted as particularly positive or negative in their own programs. Other forms of feedback we receive from visitors while they are actively on-program in our community allows us the opportunity to occasionally make last-minute changes in our programming, where appropriate, to meet each program's objectives and our visitor's goals more effectively.

  • 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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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GLOBAL TIES ALABAMA

Board of directors
as of 03/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John Davis

Honorable Mark Jackson

Albert (Al) Allenback

Dr.Anthony D'Costa

John Davis

Olga Osadcii

Foster Perry

Robert Warren

Helen Fischle

Zeke Ander

Serge Braylyan

Ivan Brezovich

Verna Gates

Kenneth Hines

Tae Lee

Reggie Mitchell

Dr. Libby Parker

Jenny Hite

Steve Niemeyer

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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/22/2022

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/22/2022

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.