U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched IdEA at the inaugural Global Diaspora Forum in May 2011. IdEA is a non-partisan, non-profit organization managed via a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Calvert Foundation.

U.S. Department of State

The Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships is the entry point for collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, the public and private sectors, and civil society. Launched by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2009, the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships aims to strengthen and deepen U.S. diplomacy and development around the world through partnerships that leverage the creativity, innovation, and core business resources of partners for greater impact.

U.S. Agency for International Development

The Global Partnerships Team (GP) at the U.S. Agency for International Development builds public-private partnerships that can have some of the most significant and sustainable impact on major development challenges. Since its inception in 2011, GP has led the Agency in forging over 1,000 cross-sector alliances with businesses, non-governmental organizations, foundations, and associations utilizing its Global Development Alliance (GDA) business model to leverage valuable resources and innovative approaches that can more than double the impact of economic and social development initiatives.

Calvert Foundation

The Calvert Foundation empowers investors to empower communities. Through the Community Investment Note, Calvert Foundation connects individual investors with organizations working around the globe developing affordable housing, creating jobs, protecting the environment, and working in numerous other ways for the social good. Since 1995, more than 13,500 Calvert Foundation investors have invested approximately $800 million in  portfolio partners. Calvert Foundation is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), a type of financial institution providing community development financing and services to underserved communities in the US.

Strategic Partners

IdEA is advised by strategic partners, a select group comprised of donors and high-level stakeholders from the business community, diaspora organizations, foundations, U.S. government agencies, and international organizations.  This collective provides strategic guidance and is instrumental in enabling IdEA to implement its programs and events.

Boom Financial

Boom Financial is building a global community where families can share and manage their wealth in a safe and simple way.  Boom has revolutionized how families share their money with the first cross border mobile banking service for the U.S. immigrant population and their extended families.

The Western Union Company

The Western Union Company is a leader in global money transfer and payment services, providing people and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send money and make payments around the world.


OneVietnam Network is a Ford Foundation funded nonprofit based in San Francisco, California. The organization uses modern technology to engage the next generation of Vietnamese around the world in philanthropy. OneVietnam’s online network allows expatriates to take meaningful action to build their homeland. It’s more focused than Facebook and stickier than Twitter. It’s social networking with a cause.

The HAND Foundation

The HAND Foundation works to advance the philanthropic sector, prevent child sexual abuse, and build a global middle class. The HAND Foundation supports organizations and research that increase knowledge of philanthropy and build the capacity of communities to give back. Recognizing philanthropy as one of the most accessible ways for diasporas to engage in a new country, the Foundation has focused on increasing and improving diaspora philanthropy.

Program Partners

IdEA program partners collaborate with IdEA in designing and implementing projects that promote diaspora engagement. Current and past program partner logos are listed below. To learn about opportunities for strategic or program partnership with IdEA, please contact