Capital Consultants began working as a management consultant to Sister Cities International (SCI) in 1995. SCI is a membership association that includes more than 1,000 American cities partnered with over 2,000 foreign cities in 120 countries. SCI was founded in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as a non-profit citizen diplomacy network to create and strengthen partnerships between U.S. cities and foreign countries in an effort to increase global understanding and cooperation at the municipal level. The President of the United States serves as Sister Cities’ Honorary Chairman.
One of the largest volunteer organizations in the world, SCI’s unique network matches citizens and key officials to promote cultural education and awareness and economic development in cities. Capital Consultants has assisted Sister Cities’ national office on a variety of issues, including management consulting, strategic planning, public relations, fundraising, and other special projects, include, partnerships with Coca Cola on the “Olympic Torch Relay;” a six-city marketing campaign for Levi Strauss & Company entitled, “Pair of Friends, Pair of Cities, Pair of Jeans;” SCI’s Corporate Affiliates Program (i.e., a corporate membership program engaging the private sector in the non-profit membership association); CC also persuaded the SCI Board of Directors to adopt “The Sister Cities International Hidden Hunger Initiative” as the first organization-wide development program for public health and nutrition in cooperation with USAID and Emory University (i.e., similar to what Kiwanis International is doing with iodine deficiency and what Lion’s Clubs are doing for vitamin A deficiency worldwide).