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International Affairs Council Awarded Z. Smith Reynolds Grant


Raleigh, NC, February 18, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Todd Culpepper, executive director of the International Affairs Council (IAC) (www.iacnc.org), has announced that the organization has been awarded the Z. Smith Reynolds Grant. This grant will allow the IAC to create a framework and dissemination plan for the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a program in conjunction with the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. that allows the IAC to annually recruit, select and send four North Carolina leaders on a Fellowship experience in Europe. The IAC is a nonprofit organization that promotes understanding of world affairs, citizen-to-citizen diplomacy and the recognition of North Carolina as a center of education, culture and business. For more information, visit www.iacnc.org.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is a private foundation that actively seeks to promote access, equity and inclusiveness, and to discourage discrimination based on race, creed, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and other factors that deny the essential humanity of all people. For more information, visit www.zsr.org.

“We are pleased to announce that the IAC has been awarded the Z. Smith Reynolds Grant,” said Culpepper. “We look forward to using the grant towards maintaining and improving our programs to benefit our community.”

About Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation:
With offices in Winston-Salem, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is one of North Carolina's largest and most influential private foundations. The Foundation is funded by two trusts with assets of more than $470 million. It was established in 1936 as a memorial to the youngest child of R.J. Reynolds and Katharine Smith Reynolds. During its history, it has made grants of more than $400 million to projects in all 100 counties. Although it makes grants to a wide range of projects, it now gives special attention to five focus areas - community economic development, the environment, democracy and civic engagement, pre-collegiate education, and social justice and equity. For more information, please visit www.zsr.org

About International Affairs Council:
International Affairs Council (IAC) is a nonprofit organization that promotes understanding of world affairs, citizen-to-citizen diplomacy and the recognition of North Carolina as a center of education, culture and business. IAC, which began in 1973 as the Research Triangle International Visitors Center (IVC), plans itineraries for visiting international dignitaries and professionals interested in business development, education and other topics, as well as hosts events that bring high-profile speakers from around the world to the Triangle. After beginning as a service of the office of the University of North Carolina’s then-president Terry Sanford, IVC was incorporated under N.C. law on July 30, 1975 as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. During the early 1980s, the organization was revitalized and moved to a larger office space with additional staff thanks to the support of Dr. William Friday, who was president of the UNC system at that time. In 1986, the name of the organization was changed to International Visitors Council. Since then, the organization has quadrupled the number of visitors it hosts each year to over 600 and now has six staff members. In 2002, IVC merged with Triangle World Affairs Council to become International Visitors Council/World Affairs Council. In 2005, the board of directors appointed a special committee that decided on the current permanent name: International Affairs Council. IAC’s mission is to improve international relations, raise awareness of national and global issues and attract foreign dignitaries and professionals to the state. It receives grant funding from the U.S. Department of the State, corporate and philanthropic foundations, individual members and numerous other sources. For more information, visit www.iacnc.org.

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