Supporting the Security Community for a Safer World

Our mission: The International Security Foundation (ISF) protects U.S. interests overseas through education, information sharing, and funding of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) and other security-related organizations.

Our vision: To be the nonprofit leader in promoting security education and awareness programs worldwide.

Founded in 2011 by private sector members of OSAC, the U.S. Department of State’s public-private partnership, the nonprofit ISF supports the following through the generosity of individuals, corporations, and organizations.

Our Impact

The ISF’s impact stretches across the globe and multiple sectors. We’ve helped to transform OSAC by enhancing education, security information exchange programs, symposia, and networking programs. The Federal Advisory Committee Act prohibits OSAC’s Country Chapters and Common Interest Committees (Regional Committees, Sector Committees, and Special Interest Committees) from receiving federal funding.

We raise funds from the private sector to enhance OSAC’s vital public-private partnership to work collaboratively to confront global terrorism, crime, and natural disasters. Through the ISF Grants program, we support smaller U.S. nonprofits in the security community.

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International Security Foundation, About
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ISF Funded Programs Since 2011


$6 Million+




Organizations Supporting ISF


$3.5 Million+

in Direct Program Support

Our History

We were founded in 2011 as an educational nonprofit, created by several members of the OSAC Council. It was a new idea: To establish an independent nonprofit to support OSAC’s work and better serve the private-public security partnership with enhanced information-sharing, benchmarking, and educational programs.

Supporting OSAC

Our founding partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) remains as essential today as it was in 2011. Visionary OSAC members realized that outside funding was needed to support and advance OSAC’s vital mission to provide a much-needed mechanism for public and private sectors to work collaboratively to confront global terrorism, crime, and natural disasters.