Who We Are

Connecting People to People.

We began in 1956 as a creative force for international cooperation and goodwill.  Our participation  started in 1965 as the Albuquerque Sister Cities Committee and became the Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation in 1983. We are a 501(c)(3) (non-profit) corporation. A part of the Albuquerque Economic Development Department, we serve to implement the city ordinance requiring “the promotion and encouragement of private and public programs to further the development of greater friendship and understanding between the people of Albuquerque and cities of other nations.”

We believe that by building the proper cultural bridges to our sister cities, other important connections can be achieved in the areas of education and business that ultimately work together to create strong, vibrant relationships with our “sisters.” Barriers come down, life-long friendships are created, and the goal of promoting lasting world peace is furthered. We are a membership-based organization involving youth to seniors, your involvement is not only welcome but needed. There’s plenty of fun things to do–from potlucks, trips, cultural celebrations, concerts, international teas, seminars, and the like. See you at the next event!


The Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation wants to recognize the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta for its generous support each October for visiting delegations from Albuquerque’s official sister cities. This generosity truly promotes Albuquerque as an international destination. 2016 delegations came from Helmstedt, Germany, and from Hualien/Taitung County, Taiwan.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR RECENT DONORS for the Lusaka, Zambia Committee:

Marcus and Miriam Ray
Jacqueline Hernandez
James R & Mary Lois Hulsman Trust
Lenton and Joy Dell Malry
Stetson Law Offices

$100 – $499:
Ann Silva’s Sewing Center, Albuquerque, NM
Hair Fashions For Men and Women (Al and Cathy Ortiz)
Richard Buckler
Cecilia Webb
Dr. Harold Bailey

$50 – $99
Pablo Torres
Lindsey Gilbert
Yvette Kaufman-Bell