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Global Minnesota

The Minnesota International Center (MIC) is a nonprofit, member-supported organization promoting international understanding and engagement by educating, inspiring and providing enriching interactive experiences to our community.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 3/21/2014
1901 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612.625.4421
Fax: 612.624.1984
EIN 41-0826559
Principal Staff Carol Byrne,
General Information
Board Chair
Number of Board Members 29
Board meetings with quorum 5
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 16.2
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
MIC addressed the important need for community members to be internationally aware and culturally competent in an increasingly globalized world. In the last program year, MIC facilitated nearly 1,000 international activities involving individuals from 134 countries for an audience of over 14,000, including individual and corporate members. As the statewide hub for the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, MIC arranged appointments with nearly 400 local professional resources for 522 visitors. MIC members offered in-home dinner for many of these visitors. MIC’s World Affairs program brought hundreds of community members together through 18 events including Ambassador luncheons, public forums, receptions with international leaders, events for young professionals, and more. A series of four WorldQuest international trivia competitions also educated and engaged more than 500 Minnesotans. MIC also celebrated Canada as its focus country. Great Decisions is a grassroots foreign policy discussion program, sponsored nationally by the Foreign Policy Association. Coordinated statewide by MIC, 57 groups convened hundreds of Great Decisions meetings last year with an attendance totaling nearly 10,000. MIC also held a statewide conference on “Global Health Priorities in Today’s World”. MIC’s Education Program was evaluated and revamped to include: Classroom Connection which sends international speakers into 2nd and 3rd grades for cross-cultural conversations, Great Decisions in the Schools, Academic WorldQuest international trivia competition, and Professional Development for Educators.
Current Goals
In 2013-14, MIC will celebrate its 60th anniversary, re-locate our office from our home of more than 50 years, strengthen our relationship with the University of Minnesota, and refine staffing positions through a new organizational structure and increased annual budget of approximately $1.3 million. A board-led branding and marketing campaign will be launched to help MIC become an even more effective presence in the community. In 2013-14 we will pilot our newly redesigned Classroom Connection program in ten St. Paul public elementary schools. We will also grow our Academic WorldQuest competition from 17 teams to 35 teams, and bring the Great Decisions discussion group program materials into 5 area high schools. MIC seeks to host 500 international visitors, keeping Minnesota as a premier destination for this State Department program; at the same time increasing our pool of dinner hosts who are an integral part of this program. In 2013-14, MIC will strive to expand the Great Decisions program by adding at least four discussion groups in the community. MIC will also hold its annual Great Decisions conference in October 2013 with a focus on Global Food Security. MIC’s focus on Mexico in 2013-14 will deepen our community’s understanding of the country beyond stereotypes and media narratives through a number of public and private events held in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico in St. Paul, including a visit by the Mexican Ambassador to the U.S., and our annual gala in June 2014.
Community or Constituency Served
Working with local, national and international partners, MIC creates conversations across cultures in communities and classrooms throughout Minnesota. We strive to inspire our community to understand global issues and cultures in an ever changing world by encouraging the exchange of ideas and experiences among the people of Minnesota and visitors from around the world
Geographic Area Served
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $749,660 76.5%
Management: $79,015 8.1%
Fundraising: $151,376 15.4%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2013 2012 2011
End of Year: $362,119 $328,008 $330,404
Beginning of Year $328,008 $330,404 $321,301
Difference $34,111 ($2,396) $9,103
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $362,119
Based on information provided on 2011 to 2013
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