Strengthening Iowa’s Communities
Through several grant programs, IRIS brings students, journalists, business people, educators, and government leaders to Iowa from Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia. IRIS is a nonprofit, non-religious organization founded in 1993. Our mission is to promote international understanding, development, and peace.
IRIS was founded in 1993 by Iowa’s former Lt. Gov. Robert Anderson.
In 2013, IRIS received a certificate of recognition from the Iowa House of Representatives and the Iowa Senate.
IRIS has brought more than 2,000 international visitors from 52 countries to Iowa for various programs.
IRIS has hosted youth and adults from more than 55 different countries around the globe