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Our Impact

We foster connections that serve as powerful tools to reinforce American security and build a more civil, peaceful and prosperous world.

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In 1954, Citizen Diplomacy International hosted its first international exchange programs inspired by this idea—empowering individuals to connect one-on-one with peers worldwide will transform Philadelphia into a global hub of business, education and culture.

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Relationships Matter

Over the past six decades, thousands of passionate Citizen Diplomats have answered the call to forge relationships and promote the best of Philadelphia through conversations, dinners, tours, events, and exchanges.

Citizen Diplomacy International has served over 30,000 Philadelphians and 50,000 emerging leaders worldwide, equipping them with leadership skills and a global peer network. Today, we introduce 1,200 influential international professionals and students to their Philadelphia counterparts each year. These connections continue to be powerful tools to reinforce American security and build a more civil, peaceful and prosperous world.

Our Exchanges

Diplomacy Requires the Long GAme

Relationships are cultivated for years, or even decades, with long term gains. Because of you, 99% of our international guests return to their countries inspired to create change in their communities so that:

Citizens have equal rights

Individuals have the right to free speech

Rule of law is fundamental

Elections are free and fair cornerstones of democractic government

2019 Impact in Numbers

Countries inspired us to see the world differently

Visitors came to Philadelphia last year to teach us new viewpoints and exchange great ideas. Education is a vital tool in building healthy cities, peacebuilding and business negotiations, too.

International visitors sparked curiosity

Citizen Diplomacy is a catalyst for questions and critical thinking about our world. What does the world believe about America? What do we have in common? What would it be like to walk in your shoes?

Relationships initiated

Each visitor is a chance for you to begin something new - a friendship, a partnership, a conversation that leads to a more civil, peaceful and prosperous world.

Hours of dialogue

Dialogue is the heart of diplomacy. Our programs create safe spaces where people can talk to each other with respect. By developing skilled communicators, we also develop educated, mindful leaders.

International Exchange
Invests in Philadelphia

Average days in Philadelphia
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For every $1 invested by the City of Philadelphia, Citizen Diplomacy brings in $4.32 in direct spending by international visitors
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Total annual economic impact
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Visitor spending on lodging, transportation, and meals

Stories of Impact

Citizen Diplomats are… Students

Spotlight on Tel Aviv at the Free Library of Philadelphia For the second year, the Building Bridges with Books program of the Free Library of…

Sister Cities Florence Exchange

19 high school students in culinary arts had the opportunity of a lifetime in October studying Italian cuisine, language and culture in Sister City Florence,…

Citizen Diplomats are.. Changemakers

Driving Economic Development In September, PNC Bank and Saxbys co-hosted a breakfast with prominent members of the business community to welcome a delegation of six…

Citizen Diplomats are… Educators

Temple University Eliminating Cultural Barriers Temple’s Intensive English Language Summer Program welcomed 20 students in July from our Sister City Incheon, South Korea. Program director…

Citizen Diplomats are…Government Officials

Mayor Jim Kenney & Global Education Championing Philly as a ‘Welcoming City’, Mayor Kenney greets diplomatic delegations from our Sister Cities throughout the year. But…

Citizen Diplomats are… Business Leaders

Promoting Science & Technology Entrepreneurship In March, Volpe and Koenig president Jay Halt with associates Rob Leonard and Dawn Kerner presented on U.S. intellectual property…

Nick Bayer Founder and Ceo, Saxbys

In June, 22 entrepreneurs and small business owners visited Philadelphia and met Nick Bayer of Saxbys, a social impact company he founded in 2005. The…

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Citizen Diplomat

Join us in creating a more peaceful, prosperous world, one conversation at a time. Become a member to receive first priority for new opportunities and events. Or make a donation to empower Philadelphia’s citizen diplomats. 

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