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Strengthening Iowa’s Communities

Through several grant programs, IRIS brings students, journalists, business people, educators, and government leaders to Iowa from Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia. IRIS is a nonprofit, non-religious organization founded in 1993. Our mission is to promote international understanding, development, and peace.

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Through several grant programs, IRIS brings students, journalists, business people, educators, and government leaders to Iowa from Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia. IRIS is a nonprofit, non-religious organization founded in 1993. Our mission is to promote international understanding, development, and peace.

1993

IRIS was founded in 1993 by Iowa’s former Lt. Gov. Robert Anderson.

2013

In 2013, IRIS received a certificate of recognition from the Iowa House of Representatives and the Iowa Senate.

2,000

IRIS has brought more than 2,000 international visitors from 52 countries to Iowa for various programs.

IRIS has hosted youth and adults from more than 55 different countries around the globe.

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