INTERNATIONAL SECURITY FOUNDATION

Safety in an Uncertain World

aka ISF   |   Washington, DC   |  www.isf4osac.org

Mission

The Mission of the International Security Foundation is to support the Overseas Security Advisory Council and related organizations by funding educational programs and security information exchange initiatives that keep American citizens and organizations safe while overseas.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Peggy O'Neill

Main address

1300 I Street, NW Suite 400

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

80-0719130

NTEE code info

International Peace and Security (Q40)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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ISF was founded in 2011 as a nonprofit, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt educational organization with a simple, far-reaching mission: to fund programs and logistical support for the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security. ISF support dramatically expands OSAC's ability to create a safer, more secure environment for the U.S. companies, organizations and citizens operating abroad. In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, OSAC's Country and Regional Councils, Sector-Specific Working Groups and Country Councils cannot receive any federal funding. Only ISF supports OSAC Country Councils, funds all Regional Councils and Sector-Specific Working Groups and underwrites OSAC's International Travel Safety & Security Forum and the Crisis Management Forum.

Our programs

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

OSAC Common Interest Councils

OSAC's Regional Councils and Sector-specific Working Groups are collectively called the "Common Interest Councils." OSAC created Sector-specific Working Groups at the behest of private sector constituents who were looking for a way to collaborate with colleagues from the same or similar sectors. The Sector-specifc Working Groups allow OSAC constituents to share and collaborate within smaller groups comprised of individuals from similar industries, with similar concerns. The Regional Councils bring together constituents from various sectors with operations in a specific region, fostering cross-sector information sharing.

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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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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of conference attendees

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Total number of grants awarded

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Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The goal of the International Security Foundation is to:
1.) Enhance the security of personnel and operations of US organizations in foreign countries
2.) Support the establishment of new OSAC Councils including Country Councils and Common Interest Councils
3.) Sponsor local/regional security education and security information exchange initiatives and conferences between the public and private sectors
4.) Provide financial support for security training symposia and security information exchange initiatives by OSAC Councils
5.) Financially support OSAC Councils activities so that government employees are not compelled to continually seek out private sector sponsorship or personally fund OSAC activities
6.) Ensure that no interested representative of a qualified US organization, especially a nonprofit performing charitable/humanitarian work, is excluded from OSAC activities due to financial barriers
7.) Support crisis management preparedness and emergency evacuation planning by OSAC Councils
8.) Foster collaborative responses to terrorist threats and incidents, civil disturbances, natural disasters, criminality, cyber risks and other threats to OSAC member organizations
9.) Provide the financial support that OSAC Councils and other related organizations need to keep Americans and American organizations safe in an uncertain world

By providing funds to U.S. nonprofits within the security community and by funding critical, logistical support for the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the ISF is helping to create a safer environment for the U.S. companies, organizations and citizens operating abroad.

Thefirst-ever ISF-funded OSAC event was a security forum following the 2013 deadly terrorist attack on Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall -- the ISF has helped to transform OSAC by enhancing OSAC security information exchange programs, symposia and other educational initiatives. In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, OSAC’s Country and Regional Councils and Sector-specific Working Groups cannot receive any federal funding. The ISF is the sole supporter for these vital groups.

The ISF has created a strong fundraising program, largely through corporate support, to annually increase the number of programs funded.

Through successful fundraising campaigns the ISF has been able to award over 200 grants to OSAC and has funded the launches of three OSAC Regional Councils : Africa Regional Council, Middle East & North Africa Regional Council and the Europe Regional Council.

The ISF has expanded its grant process to include any US nonprofit that works in the international security field.

Financials

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Operations

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

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INTERNATIONAL SECURITY FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 4/27/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rich Davis

United Airlines, Inc., Retired

Term: 2018 - 2021

Scott Sheafe

PepsiCo, Incorporated

Jerry Brennan

Security Management Resources

Kevin Friker

Mars, Incorporated

Kelly Johnstone

The Coca Cola Company

David Komendat

The Boeing Company

Margaret Levine

Bridgestone Americas, Inc

Daniel Schlehr

Raytheon Company

Edward Silverman

Raytheon Company

James Snyder

Domestic Security Partnership | ISF Past President

Buffy Christie

Novelis

Gregg Dunn

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Cathy Lanier

National Football League

Michael Peaster

McDonald's Corp.

Keith Slotter

JetBlue

Rich Davis

United Airlines, Inc., Retired

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No