As a community education resource, MIC addresses the need for community members to be culturally aware and interested in global isses. MIC facilitated 1,931 globally-focused learning opportunities for an audience of more than 45,000 in 58 communities throughout the state of Minnesota As an international business resource, MIC has worked with the Minnesota Trade Office, Dorsey & Whitney, Fredrickson & Byron and others to co-sponsor events on a variety of topics. 42 companies benefit from our corporate membership activities.
Sponsored by the US State Department, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is a professional exchange program which connects current and emerging global leaders in business, government, and other fields, to professional counterparts in Minnesota to enhance knowledge and best practices. In 2008-2009, MIC partnered with 273 professional resources to arrange visits for 338 international leaders from 113 countries and regions.
The international Classroom Connection (ICC) is an interactive program which introduces Minnesota’s K-12 students and educators to the cultures of the world. Through cultural activities and classroom visits by international speakers, ICC puts a personal face on a complex world. 151 speakers from 50 countries made 900 presentations to a student audience of nearly 30,000.
The Great Decisions program, which facilitates citizen engagement in group discussions about foreign policy topics, are organized in venues across the state. 60 groups convened 421 Great Decisions meeting with an attendance of 11,659.
With our stated mission of creating globally-aware communities, our current program structure is equipped to meet MIC's vision. We are prepared to: enhance Minnesota's global competitiveness; prepare our next generation to live, work and lead in a global society; and enable Minnesota's citizenry to be globally and civically engaged.
This year we are increasing our services of home hospitality, which enrich personal understanding of the world through shared meals, weekends and extended stays by international professionals and students. We hosted 279 guests from 83 countries in 2008-2009 and will exceed that number this year.
With our outreach programs in place, our 2009-2010 year is focused on building the constituencies participating in our core programs and securing the financial footing for our next years of growth. Through financial efficiencies,we operate with budgets with less than 1% variance, even in these difficult times for all nonprofits. We continue to grow our programs without substantial increases in our annual budget to meet the economic challenges of today’s fiscal realities.
Community or Constituency Served
We serve schools K-12, businesses, international visitors, and the general community.
Geographic Area Served
MIC has programming throughout the State of Minnesota.
Impact and Programs