Advocacy- Will you stand up for exchange programs?

Please write to your representatives to let them know that supporting international exchanges, like the International Visitor Leadership Program, is smart policy because it is cost-effective and has a lasting positive impact in the U.S. and abroad!

Download a sample advocacy letter here.

Iowa Senators

Charles Grassley- R

Cedar Rapids Office:

7th Avenue SE, Box 13
Suite 6800
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Phone: (319) 363-6832
Fax: (319) 363-7179

Washington DC Office:

135 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

Phone: (202) 224-3744
Fax: (202) 224-6020

Joni Ernst- R

Cedar Rapids Office:
111 Seventh Avenue SE
Suite 480
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Phone: (319) 365-4504
Fax: (319) 365-4683

Washington DC Office:
111 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3254
Fax: (202) 224-9369

Iowa Congressional Representatives

Abby Finkenauer- D 1st District

Cedar Rapids Office:

308 3rd St SE

Suite 200

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Phone: (319) 364-2288

Washington DC Office:

124 Cannon HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-2911

Washington DC Office:

1527 Longworth Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6576
Fax: (202) 226-0757

David Loebsack- D 2nd District

Iowa City Office:
125 South Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA 52240
Phone: (319) 351-0789
Fax: (319) 351-5789

Cindy Axne- D 3rd District

Des Moines Office:

400 East Court Ave

Suite 346

Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: (515) 400-8180

Washington DC Office:

330 Cannon HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-5476

Steve King- R 4th District

Ames Office:

1421 S Bell Avenue
Suite 102
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: (515) 232-2885
Fax: (515) 232-2844

Washington DC Office:

2210 Rayburn Office Building
Washington DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4426
Fax: (202) 225-3193

People-to-people exchanges build a more peaceful world order by breaking down stereotypes. Through citizen diplomacy, CIVIC:

  • permits local students to learn about different cultures

  • promotes mutual understanding across national borders

  • creates opportunities for community residents to expand their world by engaging in people-to-people exchanges

International exchanges strengthen American security. Did you know that there are one million exchange program alumni around the world?

  • 1,700 alumni are government ministers

  • 364 alumni are current and former heads of state

Not surprisingly, U.S. ambassadors and military leaders say exchanges are essential to our security.

CIVIC’s program impacts our local economy and the nation’s prosperity.

  • The Global Ties network alone created $57 million dollars in positive national economic impact in fiscal year 2015.

  • Locally, in 2018, CIVIC booked 609 hotel rooms for international visitors. Visitors stay, dine, and shop in our community.

  • CIVIC introduces local business and organizational leaders to their professional peers and potential customers from around the globe.

International exchanges are smart policy

This funding provides a positive return on every dollar spent. Through volunteerism and member support—across the country—organizations in the Global Ties network, like CIVIC, turn every $1 of federal funds into $5.85.

Why advocate for change?

Lend your voice to support positive global engagement!


The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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