2018 Annual Report and Membership Directory

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A Message from the Chairman 2017 has been a year of change—both nationally and for the Sister Cities International network. While change is not always easy or simple, I am confident that the organizational, programmatic, and long-term sustainability developments Sister Cities International has been working on will greatly strengthen our ability to pursue our mission and enable better delivery of benefits and services to our members. First, the change in national administrations has provided our organization with a unique leader: Mrs. Karen Pence, our first ever Honorary Board Vice Chairperson. In 2017, Second

Lady Karen Pence has actively served as Sister Cities International’s advocate throughout her worldwide travels, supplementing the efforts of our Global Awareness Team and raising our visibility. Mrs. Pence understands firsthand the value of citizen diplomacy from a people-to-people and community-to-community perspective. Second, we completed our President and CEO executive leadership transition from Mary Kane to Roger-Mark De Souza. We thank Mary for her dedication and many accomplishments during her six-year term of office, and welcome and look forward to a new chapter with Roger-Mark at the helm. Third, our member services and resources are key for sustaining and attracting new member communities. In that regard, this past year we completed recertification as a J-1 Visa Provider. We also received a grant from the Stevens Initiative to support two sister city members with Middle East programs on virtual youth exchange. Finally, our new Strategy and Programs Conference Subcommittee, our NEXTGEN Subcommittee, and the City of Aurora are developing comprehensive Annual Conference and Youth Summit agendas for our 2018 conference. Fourth, we have continued to grow an aggressive revenue generation mindset within leadership and management to ensure that we live within our means and diversify our financial base. We balanced the budget for the second year in a row, launched the ongoing Global Leaders Circle Fundraising Campaign, established a member recovery team to engage and re-attract lapsed members, continued to target replenishing the Reserve “Rainy Day” Fund, and stabilized and reduced our long-term line of credit while realizing a marked 4% growth in our Investment Portfolio. Finally, the Board of Directors approved the establishment of a supporting Foundation at the recommendation of the Long-Term Sustainability Task Force. As the oldest and largest global volunteer network of citizen diplomats, our mission remains to promote peace— one individual, one community at a time. Thanks a million to all of you for your dedication, teamwork and continued financial commitment to Sister Cities International. With your support, 2018 will be a banner year!

Sincerely,

2017 REVENUE $1,646,601 In Kind 4%

Investments/ Other

Tim Quigley, Chairman of the Board of Directors

US DOS ECA Grant

8%

24%

UNIFIED INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO

21%

Contributions

600

22%

$536K

9%

Membership

500

12%

Programs

400

Annual Conference

300

$204K

200

2017 EXPENSES $1,620,285

100

$10K

LOC

0

Financial/Misc 2% In Kind 4% Facilities

Dollars in Thousands Wozar Fund -100

Vielberth Fund

Hermsmeyer Reserve Fund

Communications Travel 4% Programs 1% Office/Organization 2%

-200

12%

w w w . s i s t e r c i t i e s . o r g 1

-300

-$330K

54%

5%

Personnel

-400

15%

Events

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