Supporting those who make the world safer and more secure

The ISF Impact

The International Security Foundation funds global security programming by the State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council and U.S. security nonprofits to keep Americans and American interests abroad safer and more secure.

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300+

ISF Funded Programs Since 2011

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$6 Million+

Raised

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575+

Organizations Supporting ISF

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$3.5 Million+

in Direct Program Support

GRANTS

Learn about our grant program for the Overseas Security Advisory Council and for U.S. security nonprofits.

How we help

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, Mark Krause

Our gifts and sponsorships enable ISF to fund OSAC programs that share security information and connect partners. ISF makes it possible to support the OSAC’s critical work, which, in turn, allows Target to create a brighter, safer future for our team, our guests, and the communities we serve.

Mark Krause, Senior Director, Corporate Security

Target Corporation

Ellen Tannor

One of the most powerful aspects of OSAC is that we never charge dues. ISF funding helps keep our meetings completely free and accessible to all U.S.-based organizations operating abroad regardless of size. The ISF minimizes financial barriers and helps keep our public-private partnership thriving all over the world.

Ellen Tannor, Executive Director

OSAC

James Weston

The ISF has enabled us to do so much more and has helped us be more responsive and better able to tell OSAC members what we know when we know it. This was what the private sector was looking for. ISF has enabled us to do so much more. We now offer topical forums, added Sector-specific Working Groups, greatly increased the activity of the Faith-Based Organizations and International Development Working Groups, launched Regional Committees and exciting programs like Women in Security and Cyber Security groups.

James Weston, Deputy Director

OSAC

Sandy Cowie

The creation of the ISF has been a true turning point for OSAC. It’s been incredibly impactful and a real enabler for OSAC’s mission at all levels.

Sandy Cowie, Director of Global Security

Principal Financial Group
Past OSAC Private-Sector Chair

, John McClurg

In 2011, there were a number of very serendipitous events that came together, just at the right time at the right place with the right individuals that enabled the ISF to come together to become a reality.

John McClurg, ISF Founding Father, First ISF President

Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Blackberry

, Jeremy Rodrigues

I was there before the ISF was created and saw first hand how Regional Security Officers’ and OSAC leaders’ hands were tied [financially] when it came to holding and marketing Country Chapter and Regional Council events. With the ISF, funds can be used for OSAC event logistics and promotion.

Jeremy Rodrigues, ISF Member, Senior Director, Enterprise Security, Excelerate Energy

Former OSAC Foreign Affairs Officer

Ann Compton, ANN COMPTON TO EMCEE THE ISF DINNER
October 14, 2022

ANN COMPTON TO EMCEE THE ISF DINNER

Broadcasting pioneer Ann Compton will be the emcee for the 11th Annual International Security Foundation (ISF) Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The highly anticipated event celebrates the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) and the global security community. The keynote speaker for the dinner is Dr. Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense from 2006 until 2011.

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