Dear Friends of Sustained Dialogue,

Ten years ago this fall, Hal Saunders founded the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue (IISD). In honor of this milestone, we have received a generous $10,000 challenge donation. Every dollar you give by December 31, 2012 will be matched up to $10,000! We are almost half way to meeting our goal. Will you help us get there? Please donate today to help build the next generation of civic leaders.

Sustained Dialogue® is not just “nice talk.” It’s a unique tool for transforming dysfunctional and destructive relationships. Through the Sustained Dialogue system, we develop everyday leaders who engage differences as strengths to improve their campuses, workplaces, and communities.

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Our priorities for 2013 are to enhance and deepen the work of students, communities, and workplaces nationally and internationally. Within the campus track, we are welcoming more schools to the growing network, including Northwestern, Macalester, and the University of Khartoum in Sudan; our Annual Conference is at Harvard College in March; and our Pilot Alumni Cohort will spread the reach of Sustained Dialogue by implementing programs in their communities and workplaces. Internationally, we continue to convene the Dartmouth Conference between the US and Russians, now in its 52nd year and 133rd meeting; we are creating a Center for Civic Life in Puerto Rico; and we are supporting efforts toward Middle East peace with our partners in Israel and Palestine.

Our earned revenue has increased by 300% in the past three years. Individual, corporate, and foundation gifts make the rest of our work possible. As demand for our work continues to grow, your contribution of any size will help provide individuals with skills for a lifetime. Every dollar you donate by the end of the year will be matched up to $10,000!

As part of our 10 Year Anniversary celebration, the IISD team has been reflecting on what inspires us.

We’re inspired by the 4,500 Sustained Dialogue students like Ana in the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network who persistently work to spread inclusive, civil discourse. While the country was engaging in partisan warfare this election season, Ana Morales focused on changing the conversation. She invited the Denison Democrats and Denison Republicans to talk about not where they stand on the divisive issues, but rather what led them to believe what they believe. Ana reflects, “I honestly believe that if our generation continues to have conversations though dialogues, we can improve not only how we express ourselves about politics but also how we do politics.” Now more than ever, our polarized world needs leaders who are able to resolve conflicts and heal the deep divisions that exist in our civic and national life. We are thankful for Ana for being one of these leaders.

We’re inspired by YOU, our strong partners, supporters, parents, advisors, friends, and believers. We’re inspired by your commitment to recognizing and challenging injustices in the world, to forming meaningful relationships across lines of difference, and to contributing to your community in small and big ways

If you prefer to mail your donation, please make checks payable to the "International Institute for Sustained Dialogue" and mail to:

International Institute for Sustained Dialogue
444 N. Capitol St. NW
Suite 434
Washington, DC 20001

For more information on Sustained Dialogue, please visit our website at www.sdcampusnetwork.org.

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