The logo combines a symbol and the text, “Partners
of the Americas .” The symbol is designed with two three-dimensional arrows, one pointing north and the other, south.
A visual expression of partnership, the symbol represents the two-way exchange between people of the U.S. , Latin America
and the Caribbean that is the hallmark of Partners. It emphasizes the inherent equality of a true partnership, one in which
neither side shows dominance. At the same time, the Partners logo recognizes the individuality and independence of each partner.
The symbol was designed in 1970 by Malcolm Grear
of Malcolm Grear Designers, Inc., Providence R.I. It was refined in 2004 by Gretchen East of studio e2, Alexandria , VA.
Partners of the Americas believes that working together across borders builds understanding and improves
the lives of people in the Western Hemisphere . We create opportunities that inspire hope for all and celebrate the richness
of our diversity.
We not only dream of a better world, we roll up our sleeves
and make a difference.
Partners of the Americas was inspired by President John F.
Kennedy, who in 1963 launched the Alliance for Progress, a program of government-to-government economic cooperation across
the Western Hemisphere . At the same time, Kennedy also called for a parallel people-to-people initiative, one that would
allow private citizens to work together for the good of the Americas .
Partners of the Americas is built – and continues to
thrive – upon enduring relationships across borders. Working together, staff and some 7,000 volunteers throughout the
Americas bring expertise in the areas of:
- Civil Society & Governance
- Exchanges & Fellowships
- Gender & Equality
- Youth & Children
- Agriculture & Environment
How Partners works
Today, Partners has evolved into 120 volunteer chapters linked
in 60 partnerships. Chapters in U.S. states form partnerships with chapters in countries or states in Latin America
and the Caribbean, as shown on these maps. Each volunteer chapter is organized as a private, nonprofit
institution with by-laws and regularly-elected officers. Partnerships build cultural awareness, respect and camaraderie. They
create and implement projects that improve the quality of life of others. And they become leaders in their respective communities.
Men and women from all walks of life – doctors, artists, high school students, foresters, city administrators,
professors – are part of the Partners family. Besides the time and technical abilities donated by volunteers,
a number of major corporations, foundations and government agencies support their work.
Partners of the Americas welcomes
all individuals and organizations willing to share their skills and work toward greater international cooperation among the
people of the Western Hemisphere .