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Sometimes it’s hard to tell what changes the course of someone’s life for the better. An exceptional teacher. A mentor who sees your potential when no one else does. Cultural Vistas believes that cultural exchange—a chance to live and work abroad for the first time—belongs at the top of this list.

Even more than travel or study abroad, professional experience promotes talents that creates successful careers and nurtures leaders, whether they are community activists or change agents at a global level. Not enough of our young people, and especially those coming from underserved backgrounds, are getting these opportunities.

With its Vision 2020, Cultural Vistas has committed to boosting the number of American participants coming through our programs to 1,200. Far more than numbers, each of these individuals is a uniquely talented student or emerging leader with the passion and commitment to make the world a better, more collaborative place.

Today, we ask you to generously support Cultural Vistas’ diverse professional exchange programs for this simple reason: you will touch someone’s life journey in one of the most promising and transformative ways possible.

Cultural Vistas invites you to make a generous tax-deductible contribution in support of this important work.


Cultural Vistas Fellowships Opens New Horizons

This summer we will introduce you to—and invite your generous support of—the Cultural Vistas Fellowship program, a chance for promising young leaders who have limited opportunity to travel and live abroad. These include first-generation college students, members of minority communities in the United States, and veterans, and other underrepresented groups in exchange.

Fellows will complete a fully-funded professional internship experience in Argentina, Germany, or India, including a pre-departure orientation in New York and a debriefing seminar. Benefits of the program include travel expenses, accommodations throughout the program, medical insurance, and visa assistance.

Over the course of the summer, we’ll follow three Cultural Vistas Fellows (#CVFellows16), who will share their adventures and insights in real time with you. You will hear directly from them:

Each of the past four years, Cultural Vistas has supported cohorts of 12 fellows. We believe that this program is ready to go to scale. With your support, we hope to add three fellowships in 2017, bringing us to a cohort of 15. Each fellowship is $12,000, and our fundraising goal is $36,000.

In addition, this spring Cultural Vistas announced two named Cultural Vistas Fellowships for 2017, in memory of Bosch Fellows Tom Hagemann (Bosch VIII) and Pat Monter (Bosch III). To contribute to these fellowships via our secure online donation form, select the radio button “To the Cultural Vistas Fellowship program” and enter the alum’s name in the field immediately below.


Scholarship Fund Helps American Students Gain Experience Abroad

We also encourage your support of Cultural Vistas’ Scholarship Fund, which provides needed stipends for young Americans going abroad, many for the very first time. In 2014, we provided $52,000 in scholarship support to 40 Americans pursuing low or unpaid internships abroad. Of our programs for U.S. participants, 85% are partially or fully-funded.

Gifts of $200 or more are accepted to the invested Scholarship Fund, while donations below that amount will be made available to participants within 18 months of the contribution.

If you wish to honor or recognize a loved one with a contribution to the Scholarship Fund, please contact Laura Brower Hagood at lhagood@culturalvistas.org for more information.


Options for Tax-Deductible Donations

Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law, and our tax identification number is 13-6199596. German residents may also make a tax-deductible gift to Cultural Vistas gGmbH, a registered nonprofit organization in Germany.

 

Express Your Enthusiasm for International Exchange

Here are a few easy ways you can express your commitment to Cultural Vistas’ mission to enrich minds, advance global skills, build careers, and connect lives through international exchange:

If you are interested in learning more about how your organization or company can be involved with Cultural Vistas, contact us directly and we’ll be happy to discuss options with you.

 

Get In Touch

Please contact Director of Philanthropy Laura Brower Hagood at lhagood@culturalvistas.org or 202.545.6769 with any questions or to discuss your giving options.

We look forward to welcoming you to Cultural Vistas’ circle of donors and friends. Thank you for your generous support!