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A diplomatic merger


A Des Moines nonprofit that encourages average citizens to get involved with people from other countries has merged with a similar group in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy will become a division of CDC Development Solutions, which develops businesses in emerging international markets. Here’s a snapshot of the two groups and the effects of the merger:

U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy

• Location: Des Moines

• Founded: 2006

• Mission: To facilitate and encourage citizen diplomacy and to serve as a clearinghouse for information about various exchange and citizen diplomacy programs.

• Employees: 4

• Annual budget: $380,000 to $400,000

• Gives up: CEO Ann Schodde will remain president of the organization during the transition before she subsequently steps down from that role to serve as a consultant for CDC Development Solutions.

• Gets: The organization lost about 90 percent of its funding, which came from philanthropist Ted Townsend. The merger allows its mission to continue within a larger organization, and seven members of the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy will join the Washington group’s board of directors.

CDC Development Solutions

• Location: Washington, D.C.; 16 offices on five continents.

• Founded: 1990

• Mission: To provide innovative and market-driven solutions that empower individuals, businesses and governments in emerging markets internationally.

• Employees: 30 in Washington, D.C., and about 100 around the world.

• Annual budget: $15 million

• Gives up: “For us, it’s a win-win situation. I can’t think of a down side,” said Dierdre White, CEO.

• Gets: The U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy’s website, a searchable database of 8,000 nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations around the country that provide ways for people to be involved with other cultures and countries. Also, the Des Moines group’s network.

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