Inter-American Dialogue (IAD)



Washington, DC

Tax ID:


Tax-Exempt Status:


Budget (2021):

Revenue: $4,174,889
Expenses: $3,953,560
Assets: $9,326,033




Rebecca Bell Chaves


Foreign Policy Think Tank

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Inter-American Dialogue, also operating under the name The Dialogue, is a left-of-center foreign policy think tank that pushes for both left-of-center and right-of-center policies in Latin-America. 1 Inter-American Dialogue focuses on four program areas: Education, Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries, Migration, Remittances and Development, and the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law program. 2


In 2017 Inter-American Dialogue received $4,638,099 in contributions3 and possessed $6,408,727 in assets after accounting for all liabilities. 4

The Inter-American Dialogue has received contributions from the Inter-American Development Bank and several left-of-center grantmaking foundations, including the Henry Luce Foundation, Ford Foundation, Richard Blum Family Foundation, Due Process of Law Foundation, The Brillembourg Ochoa Family Foundation, and the Inter-American Foundation. Inter-American Dialogue also accepted donations from several corporate charities including the BMW Group, Chevron, Google, ExxonMobil, Apple, BP, and Oracle. 5

According to their 2022 990 form, the organization reported a revenue of $3,331,803, expenses of $4,143,357, and total assets of $10,554,014. 6



Inter-American Dialogue uses funding provided by the United States government and private contributions to increase the quality of learning and skills development across Latin America. 7

Inter-American Dialogue issues policy reports in English and Spanish that provide guidance to improve teacher education, school leadership, and information on which Latin American countries have successfully implemented minimum GPA requirements, aptitude tests, and interview schemes to qualify for employment in the education field. 8

Energy and Mining Policy

Inter-American Dialogue supports the development of fossil fuel and mineral resources in Latin America9 and has criticized Mexico for increasing government control over the country’s power sector, citing concerns relating to electricity prices and jobs in the energy industry. 10

Migration, Remittances, and Development

Inter-American Dialogue supports increased migration from Latin America to the United States and migration across Latin America. The organization focuses on increasing knowledge and accessibility to remittance services—financial services provided by banks and money transfer companies—through programs that track regulatory developments in the remittance industry and other data and insights into the status of the industry. 11

Inter-American Dialogue accepts contributions from a variety of businesses that are active in the remittance industry, including Wells Fargo, MoneyGram International, Western Union, and Dollex Dollar Express. 12

Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program

The Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program provides analysis on the state of corruption, transparency, and standard of living across Latin America. The program has advocated that the United States move towards a “humanitarian truce” with Venezuelan de facto dictator Nicholas Maduro in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, Inter-American Dialogue advocates for the United States to lift sanctions on Venezuela’s regime and allow organizations such as the IMF and World Bank to loan money to Venezuela. Inter-American Dialogue has also floated direct support from the United States through the Inter-American Development Bank as an alternative solution. 13


Rebecca Bell Chaves is the president of Inter-American Dialogue. Prior to this, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs for the Obama Administration. Beforehand, Dr. Chavez was a tenured professor of political science at the United States Naval Academy. 14


  1. “About” The Dialogue.
  2. “Dialogue – Programs” The Dialogue.
  3. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax” Accessed October 21, 2020. Part I, Line 12.             
  4. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax” Accessed October 21, 2020. Part I, Lines 22.
  5. “Donors” The Dialogue.
  6. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Inter-American Dialogue. 2022. Part I.
  7. “Education” The Dialogue.
  8. “Teacher policies in Latin America: A regional panorama” The Dialogue.
  9. “Energy & Resources Committee” The Dialogue.
  10. “Power Grab: What Mexico’s State-Centered Electricity Policy Means for Trade, Climate, and the Economy” The Dialogue.
  11. “Remittance Industry Observatory (RIO)” The Dialogue.
  12. “Donors” The Dialogue.
  13. “Venezuela Can’t Confront Covid-19 Without a Political Truce. Will Washington Help?” The Dialogue.
  14. “Rebecca Bill Chavez.” The Dialogue, Accessed February 29, 2024.

Donor Organizations

  1. Avina Americas (Non-profit)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: June 1, 1993

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2021 Dec Form 990 $4,174,889 $3,953,560 $9,326,033 $1,587,984 N $2,982,845 $638,356 $110,400 $499,152
    2020 Dec Form 990 $3,671,933 $3,866,262 $9,192,292 $1,734,287 N $2,605,250 $640,939 $119,509 $497,158
    2019 Dec Form 990 $4,384,628 $4,445,603 $8,773,856 $1,631,015 N $3,550,886 $663,880 $159,384 $414,746 PDF
    2018 Dec Form 990 $4,638,099 $4,314,166 $8,053,595 $1,644,868 Y $3,559,472 $673,115 $138,422 $403,653 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $4,382,931 $4,273,907 $8,159,183 $1,615,436 N $3,610,891 $589,829 $123,009 $396,479 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $3,534,849 $3,349,441 $7,117,743 $1,119,328 N $2,817,913 $589,817 $111,069 $343,780 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $2,817,156 $3,084,683 $6,050,432 $414,654 N $2,630,011 $406,320 $104,317 $348,800 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $3,420,961 $2,788,034 $6,212,673 $250,386 N $2,830,876 $459,724 $97,885 $317,182 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $2,370,178 $2,817,705 $5,518,563 $158,600 N $1,722,067 $416,717 $136,878 $309,401 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $3,379,572 $3,579,693 $5,991,019 $276,720 N $2,797,423 $337,790 $178,655 $317,168 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $3,399,223 $3,598,006 $6,793,790 $1,031,469 N $2,704,103 $333,434 $135,053 $350,192 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Inter-American Dialogue (IAD)

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