FAQs

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If you don’t see an answer to your question below, email us at info@iri.org and we will do our best to help you.

Q: What is IRI?

A: Established in April 1983, IRI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide by helping political parties to become more issue-based and responsive, assisting citizens to participate in government planning, and working to increase the role of marginalized groups in the political process – including women and youth. 

We encourage democracy in places where it is absent, help democracy become more effective where it is in danger and share best practices where democracy is flourishing.

Q: What type of work do you do?

A: For more than 30 years, we have been helping to strength democracy through workshops by volunteer experts from all over the world on multi-party political systems, democratic governance practices, women's empowerment, civil society development, youth leadership, strengthening electoral processes and public opinion research.

Q: How do I donate to IRI?

A: Thanks for your interest in supporting our mission.  Please visit our donate page to see how you can donate and help spread democracy around the world.

Q: In how many countries do you work?

A: We have conducted programs in more than 100 countries and, along with our Women’s Democracy Network and Arab Women’s Leadership Institute, are currently active in more than 85 countries.  You can see where we work on our interactive map.

Q: Where do you get your funding?

A: IRI is a 501(c)(3) and receives funding through grants from the U.S. State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Endowment for Democracy, a number of European foundations and aid agencies and other Western countries, and the United Nations.  Less than one percent of IRI’s funding comes from private donations.  We do not receive any money from the Republican Party or any other U.S. partisan entity.  

Q: Are you a part of the Republican Party?

A: No, IRI is a nonpartisan organization, not affiliated with any political party. 

Q: Who is on your Board of Directors?

A: Our Board of Directors is chaired by U.S. Senator John McCain and includes former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Constance Berry Newman, former Chairman of the Republican Party Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., members of the U.S. Congress, and individuals from the private sector with backgrounds in international relations, business and government.

But most of all, they are committed to our work and share our vision of a world where all people are free to determine their own destiny.

Q: You have an International Advisory Council.  What do they do?

A: The IAC is a select group of recognized leaders from around the world who share in our vision of democracy and freedom, and are willing to lend their names and counsel to this cause.  It includes luminaries such as Mikuláš Dzurinda, former prime minister of Slovakia, José Ramos-Horta, Nobel laureate and former president of Timor-Leste, and Anna Cabral former U.S. treasurer.