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COALITION MEMBERS

The following organizations make up the My Wonderful World coalition.

Logo: National Geographic Society National Geographic Society
Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, with a mission to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while promoting conservation of Earth's cultural and natural resources. It reaches more than 350 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and its four other magazines; the National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; radio programs; films; books; videos and DVDs; maps; and interactive media. National Geographic has funded more than 8,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy.

Logo: 4-H 4-H
4-H is a community of more than 7 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the national, private sector, nonprofit partner of the 4-H Youth Development Program and its parent, the Cooperative Extension System of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Logo: American Federation of Teachers American Federation of Teachers
The AFT represents 1.3 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers, paraprofessionals and other school support employees, higher education faculty, nurses and other healthcare workers, and state and local government employees.

Logo: SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks
SeaWorld, Busch Gardens. and Discovery Cove are home to more than 50,000 animals, many of which are threatened or endangered—the largest zoological collection of animals in the world. For more than 45 years the Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks have initiated and supported wildlife conservation as well as animal rescue, research and education efforts. In 2003 the parks created the non-profit SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, a private charitable foundation committed to increasing the company's $2.5 million annual contributions for worldwide environmental, research education and animal rescue programs.

Logo: Asia Society Asia Society
Asia Society is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening relationships and deepening understanding among the peoples of Asia and the United States. The Society operates cultural, policy, business, social issues, and education programs. Through its Asia and International Studies in the Schools initiative, Asia Society's education division is promoting teaching and learning about world regions, cultures, and languages in K-12 schools by raising awareness and advancing policy, developing practical models of international education, and strengthening relationships between U.S. and Asian education leaders. Headquartered in New York City, the organization has centers in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C and will open a center in Mumbai in 2006.

Logo: Association of American Geographers Association of American Geographers
The Association of American Geographers (AAG) is a scientific and educational society founded in 1904. For 100 years the AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography. Its 7,500+ members from 62 countries share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through the AAG's annual meeting, two scholarly journals (Annals of the Association of American Geographers and The Professional Geographer), and the monthly AAG newsletter. The AAG promotes discussion among its members and with scholars in related fields, in part through the activities of its affinity groups and 53 specialty groups. The meetings and activities of our regional divisions provide the opportunity to network with colleagues near you.

Logo: Budget Rent a Car Budget Rent A Car
Budget Rent A Car System, Inc. is the owner and franchiser of one of the world's best-known car rental brands with more than 1,800 car rental locations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand. The company also operates Budget Truck Rental and is part of Avis Budget Car Rental, LLC (formerly Cendant Car Rental Group), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD), a diversified global provider of business and consumer services primarily within the travel and real estate sectors.

Logo: Committee for Economic Development Committee for Economic Development
CED is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of more than 200 business leaders and university presidents. Since 1942, its research and policy programs have addressed many of the nation's most pressing economic and social issues, including education reform, workforce competitiveness, campaign finance, health care, and global trade and finance. CED promotes policies to produce increased productivity and living standards, greater and more equal opportunity for every citizen, and an improved quality of life for all.

Logo: Council on Competitiveness Council on Competitiveness
The Council is the only bipartisan, nonprofit, national organization that brings together thought leaders from all elements of America's private sector-business, academia, and labor-to promote economic growth and raise the standard of living for all Americans. As the only national organization whose membership is comprised exclusively of CEOs, university presidents, and labor leaders, the Council is strategically positioned to ensure that regional, national, and world economic agendas anticipate and respond to the demands of a competitive environment for global trade, commerce, and prosperity.

Logo: ESRI ESRI
Environmental Systems Research Institute's (ESRI) focus remains on producing excellent software and delivering exceptional service to users. We at ESRI believe that better information makes for better decisions. Our reputation is built on contributing our technical knowledge, our special people, and valuable experience to the collection, analysis, and communication of geographic information.

Logo: Geological Society of America Geological Society of America
The mission of GSA is to be a leader in advancing the geosciences, enhancing the professional growth of its members, and promoting the geosciences in the service of humankind.

Logo: The Glimpse Foundation The Glimpse Foundation
The Glimpse Foundation fosters cross-cultural understanding and exchange, particularly between the United States and the rest of the world, by providing forums for sharing the global experiences of young adults. Glimpse publishes a magazine and online platform (glimpse.org) for international news, travel and culture, featuring compelling stories written by young people who are living, studying and adventuring internationally. By sharing stories of transformational experiences abroad, Glimpse encourages the growth of responsible world citizenship and cross-cultural understanding. It's your world. Get acquainted.

Logo: GLOBE The GLOBE Program
GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based education and science program.

Logo: iEarn-USA iEARN-USA
iEARN-USA is a member of iEARN (International Education and Resource Network), the world's largest nonprofit global network that enables young people to use the Internet and other new technologies to engage in collaborative educational projects that both enhance learning and make a difference in the world. Established in 1988 as a pioneering online program among schools in the United States and schools in the Soviet Union, iEARN has grown to serve more than 20,000 schools in 120 countries.

Logo: International Reading Association International Reading Association
The International Reading Association (IRA) was founded in 1956 as a professional organization for those involved in teaching reading to learners of all ages. Members are dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit. IRA's 90,000 U.S. members include classroom teachers, reading specialists, consultants, administrators, supervisors, university faculty, researchers, psychologists, librarians, media specialists, and parents. IRA affiliates (with reading organizations in 100+ countries) extend the IRA network to more than 350,000 people worldwide.  IRA is especially interested in promoting literacy through content education as they focus on improving adolescent literacy.

Logo: Lindblad Expeditions Lindblad Expeditions
Founded by Sven-Olof Lindblad in 1979, Lindblad Expeditions (LEX) was originally established as a division of Lindblad Travel, which was launched in 1958. Over the years, LEX has earned a reputation for creating expeditions that are as eye-opening and inspiring as they are comfortable and fun. We take small groups to out-of-the-way places on nimble expedition ships that nose into ports and call on islands where cruise ships simply cannot go. Our distinguished roster of Expedition Leaders (EL) and naturalists are experts in their field with a passion for uncovering—and interpreting—the mysteries of nature and history.

Logo: National Basketball Association NBA Cares
NBA Cares is the league's global community outreach initiative that builds on the NBA's long tradition of addressing important social issues. Over the next five years, the league, players and teams will raise and contribute $100 million for charity, donate more than 1 million hours of hands-on volunteer service to communities around the world, and build more than 100 places where kids and families can live, learn and play.

Logo: National Council for Geographic Education The National Council for Geographic Education
The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) works to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning by promoting the importance and value of geographic education, enhancing the preparation of geographic educators; facilitating communication among teachers of geography; encouraging and supporting research, and much more.

Logo: National Council of La Raza National Council of La Raza
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of more than nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas: assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families. Founded in 1968, NCLR is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization.

Logo: National Council for the Social Studies National Council for the Social Studies
Founded in 1921, National Council for the Social Studies has grown to be the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. NCSS engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies. With members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 69 foreign countries, NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education. Organized into a network of more than 110 affiliated state, local, and regional councils and associated groups, the NCSS membership represents K-12 classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, social studies supervisors, and leaders in the various disciplines that constitute the social studies.

Logo: National PTA National PTA
With nearly 6 million members, National PTA is the largest volunteer parent organization in the United States. Since its founding in 1897, National PTA has prided itself on being a powerful voice for children, a relevant resource for parents, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in National PTA is open to anyone who is concerned with the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

Logo: Newspaper Association of America Foundation Newspaper Association of America Foundation
The Newspaper Association of America Foundation strives to develop engaged and literate citizens in our diverse society through investment in and support of programs designed to enhance student achievement through newspaper readership and appreciation of the First Amendment. The Foundation's programs and products emphasize the use of newspapers and other media by young people. Foundation support is concentrated in three primary focus areas: Newspaper In Education, Youth Content and Student Newspapers.

Logo: Sesame Workshop Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is a nonprofit educational organization making a meaningful difference in the lives of children around the world. Founded in 1968, the Workshop changed television forever with the legendary Sesame Street. Today, the Workshop continues to innovate on behalf of children in 120 countries, using its proprietary research methodology to ensure its programs and products are engaging and enriching. Sesame Workshop is behind award-winning programs like Dragon Tales, Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat, Pinky Dinky Doo and groundbreaking multimedia productions in South Africa, Egypt and Russia. As a nonprofit, Sesame Workshop puts the proceeds it receives from sales of Sesame Street, Dragon Tales, Sagwa, and Pinky products back into its educational projects for children around the world.

Logo: Smithsonian Institution Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian Institution is an educational and research institution and associated museum complex, administered and funded by the government of the United States. With most of its facilities located in Washington, D.C., it comprises 19 museums and seven research centers, and has 142 million items in its collections.

Logo: United Nations Foundation United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation (UN Foundation) is a public charity created in 1998 with businessman and philanthropist Ted Turner's historic gift to support United Nations causes. The UN Foundation promotes a more peaceful, prosperous, and just world through the support of the UN. Through its grant-making and by building new and innovative public-private partnerships, the UN Foundation acts to meet the most pressing health, humanitarian, socioeconomic, and environmental challenges of the 21st century. In one of its largest projects, the UN Foundation works with UNESCO and other partners to preserve and support World Heritage sites by encouraging economic development that vest local residents in the preservation of the sites.

Logo: World Affairs Councils of America World Affairs Councils of America
The World Affairs Council system is the largest international affairs nonprofit organization in the U.S. It has 484,000 participants and 28 affiliated organizations and reaches over 20 million people each year through its 2,500 events, radio, TV, and school programs. World affairs councils are non-profit, non-partisan organizations open to all who wish to join. Started in 1918, the council system has 484,000 members and participants, 84 councils, and 26 affiliates. Councils operate on membership dues, corporate sponsorships, grants, in-kind donations, fundraising events, and fee-for-service activities. Over 2,000 corporations, foundations, and individuals support council work.