Our Impact

Our Impact

Positive results, in Fort Worth and beyond.

Deepening intercultural understanding positively impacts our community and our world in countless ways, providing significant economic and cultural benefits to the city of Fort Worth including:

  • Annual economic impact of more than $14 million
  • 500 visitors annually for cultural and educational exchanges
  • Nearly $100,000 awarded in educational scholarships annually
  • Hundreds reached through cultural competency and training opportunities

In 2021, Fort Worth Sister Cities International continued our robust programming virtually, while incorporating more in-person events, in recognition of the fact that cultural competency is more important now than ever before:

  • Youth “exchanges” with students in our sister cities of Bandung, Indonesia; Budapest, Hungary; Mbabane, Eswatini; Nagaoka, Japan; Nîmes, France; and Toluca, Mexico; as well as students in the Dominican Republic and Central America
  • Adult receptions and activities, including entertainment with some of our sister cities, that provide cultural insights
  • International Speakers Series highlighting a variety of topics, including international perspectives of various countries, the international justice system, and challenges in today’s virtual world
  • An active social media presence that allowed us to share international traditions through cooking classes, music appreciation, holiday customs, arts and crafts, and much more

Of special note are the virtual youth exchanges, which focused on high school students from Fort Worth and our sister cities. Our participants reported:

  • 85% expanded knowledge of other cultures
  • 75% increased awareness of global issues
  • 80% improved leadership skills
  • 80% felt more self-sufficient
  • 76% felt more confident and independent

Download our most recent Annual Report for more information, including financial statements and revenue breakdowns.

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“Fort Worth Sister Cities plays a vital role in the vitality of our community. The interactions we are able to participate in as a result of the organization’s work provide a common platform for representatives from different parts of the world to discuss issues from both a cultural and economic standpoint. As Fort Worth continues to expand its international presence, these types of relationships will be extremely important.” – Robert Sturns, Economic Development Director, City of Fort Worth