NATIONAL IRANIAN AMERICAN COUNCIL

Community. Democracy. Universal Rights.

aka NIAC   |   Washington, DC   |  WWW.NIACOUNCIL.ORG

Mission

The National Iranian American Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people. We accomplish our mission through expert research and analysis, civic and policy education, and community building.

Ruling year info

2002

President

Mr. Jamal Abdi

Main address

1629 K St. NW Suite 503

Washington, DC 20006 USA

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EIN

73-1626026

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

International Peace and Security (Q40)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Iranian Americans must have a voice on the issues that impact our community and a role in civic life. Our community has been at the intersection of multiple political crises - from U.S.-Iran tensions, to xenophobia and Islamophobia. While our community has achieved success in many fields, our civic voice has not yet reached its full potential - and we have all paid a cost. Sanctions make life difficult not just for the people of Iran, but also for Iranian Americans who have had their bank accounts shut down, been denied access to software and technology, and encountered other discriminatory behavior in the name of compliance. Through education, coordination, and direct advocacy, NIAC works to empower Iranian Americans to take control of their civic life, to organize and advocate for their rights, and to advance their values and interests.

Our programs

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

Advancing the Interests of the Iranian American community

Strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people.

Population(s) Served
People of Middle Eastern descent
Activists

Where we work

Our results

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

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Increasing

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Increasing

Context Notes

28 newly recruited Leadership Council members in 2021

Number of audience members saying issue is important to them

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Increasing

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3,423 audience members through petitions and membership survey

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Increasing

Number of audience members willing to take action on behalf of a specific issue

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Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

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4 trainings held with an average of 17 attendees and 35 community events with an average of 90 attendees.

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Increasing

Number of volunteers

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Increasing

Number of returning volunteers

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Increasing

Number of new grants received

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Holding steady

Number of multi-year grants received

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Holding steady

Number of volunteers who become donors

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Increasing

Number of grants received

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Total dollars received in contributions

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Number of Panels

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Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

The National Iranian American Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans through increased engagement in the U.S. civic process in order to advance the values and interests important to our community: peace and diplomacy; equitable immigration policies; and civil and human rights. NIAC's goals include:
1. Build civic power for Iranian Americans through community building, education and organized civic engagement
2. Advance peace and diplomacy, secure equitable immigration, and protect civil rights through direct advocacy and community organizing
3. Conduct research and education on the issues impacting Iranian Americans to provide thought leadership within government, civil society, policymaking and academic communities, the media, and the public

We accomplish our mission by engaging government and policymakers directly using expert research and analysis, providing civic and policy education to empower our community to become more active in civic life, and community building to strengthen the Iranian-American community and build ties with other communities to achieve shared goals.

NIAC has a 20-year track record of accomplishment and staff and leadership with a proven resume of success. We are headquartered in Washington, DC, but also have staff operating out of California - home to our largest constituency base. Our organization has volunteers in almost every single state, a donor base of over 10,000 Iranian Americans and allies, an email list of over 70,000, and support from major foundations. In addition, we have developed relationships with key policymakers, who are instrumental in ensuring representation of Iranian American interests and voices when it comes to creating policies that impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of Iranian Americans.

NIAC has grown from a small, volunteer-led startup at its inception in 2002 into an institution for the Iranian-American community and our allies. NIAC has achieved major successes on policy issues and community building. Some of our notable accomplishments include:

Preventing War: NIAC helped secure the historic U.S.-Iran nuclear deal, which prevented war and nuclear proliferation.

Advancing Universal Human Rights: Championed the establishment of a United Nations human rights monitor on Iran to investigate human rights abuses and advanced the first targeted measures against Iranian government officials responsible for human rights abuses.

Lifting Broad Sanctions: Led the successful campaign to lift sanctions that blocked humanitarian organizations from providing disaster relief and other services to meet basic human needs of Iranians and that hampered Iranians’ access to communications technologies that enable Iranians to connect with each other and with the outside world.

Opposing Discrimination: Generated more than 100,000 messages to Congress urging the repeal of the restrictions against Iranian dual nationals imposed by Visa Waiver Program legislation.

Fair Immigration: Led the campaign to fix the U.S.’s single-entry visa policy and to allow Iranian students to receive multiple entry visas.

Protecting Iranian-American Rights: Worked with Venmo to resolve payment difficulties, specifically with the use of specific keywords in the payment message – such as “Persian” and “Iran.”

Promoting Our Heritage: Helped protect priceless artifacts from Persepolis held by American museums and universities from being seized as part of a court order.

Civic Life: Registered thousands of Iranian-American voters.

Financials

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NATIONAL IRANIAN AMERICAN COUNCIL

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Siobhan Coley-Amin

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/11/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Iranian American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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