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Protecting U.S. citizens and interests at home
and abroad through education and funding

The ISF Impact

The International Security Foundation funds security programming by the Overseas Security Advisory Council, Domestic Security Alliance Council and U.S. security nonprofits to keep Americans and American interests safer and more secure.





ISF Funded Programs Since 2011


$7 Million+




Organizations Supporting ISF


$3.5 Million+

in Direct Program Support


Learn about our grant program for the Overseas Security Advisory Council, the Domestic Security Alliance Council and for U.S. security nonprofits.

How we help


I was there before the ISF was created and saw first hand how Regional Security Officers’ and OSAC leaders’ hands were tied [financially] when it came to holding and marketing Country Chapter and Regional Council events. With the ISF, funds can be used for OSAC event logistics and promotion.

Jeremy Rodrigues, ISF Member, Senior Director, Enterprise Security, Excelerate Energy

Former OSAC Foreign Affairs Officer

In 2011, there were a number of very serendipitous events that came together, just at the right time at the right place with the right individuals that enabled the ISF to come together to become a reality.

John McClurg, ISF Founding Father, First ISF President

Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Blackberry

Sandy Cowie

The creation of the ISF has been a true turning point for OSAC. It’s been incredibly impactful and a real enabler for OSAC’s mission at all levels.

Sandy Cowie, Director of Global Security

Principal Financial Group
Past OSAC Private-Sector Chair

Ellen Tannor

One of the most powerful aspects of OSAC is that we never charge dues. ISF funding helps keep our meetings completely free and accessible to all U.S.-based organizations operating abroad regardless of size. The ISF minimizes financial barriers and helps keep our public-private partnership thriving all over the world.

Ellen Tannor, Executive Director


Our gifts and sponsorships enable ISF to fund DSAC and OSAC programs that share security information and connect partners. ISF makes it possible to support the DSAC’s and OSAC’s critical work, which, in turn, allows Target to create a brighter, safer future for our team, our guests and the communities we serve.

Mark Krause, Senior Director, Corporate Security

Target Corporation

DSAC and OSAC are the critical difference to security leaders in the private sector. Protecting the companies and communities we serve requires cutting-edge resources and exceptional connectivity with our security colleagues, which DSAC and OSAC provide. Supporting the ISF ensures that these incredible public-private partnerships are thriving.

Dave Komendat, ISF Vice President

The Boeing Company

September 7, 2023


We’re delighted to announce that Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and MSNBC anchor Jonathan Capehart will serve as Emcee for the 12th Annual ISF Dinner Supporting the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) on November 15, 2023 at the National Building Museum.

With his talent, experience, warmth, and deep understanding of politics and the global security arena, Mr. Capehart is an excellent choice to serve as the Master of Ceremonies for what is one of the security profession’s premier networking events, attracting more than 1,000 guests. On November 15th, he will join the Honorable Sue Gordon, former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, noted security leader and innovator and the ISF Dinner’s Keynote Speaker, on the stage for the event, which includes the 2023 OSAC awards. Don’t miss Jonathan Capehart and Sue Gordon at the ISF Dinner on November 15th. Their remarks and insight are sure to inspire.

To buy tickets or learn more about sponsoring the ISF Dinner, visit Registration for the OSAC Annual Briefing is separate; purchasing tickets to the ISF Dinner does not register you for the OSAC Annual Briefing. Please register at

About Jonathan Capehart

  • Associate Editor, The Washington Post
  • MSNBC Anchor, “The Saturday/Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart”

Jonathan Capehart is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Associate Editor of The Washington Post. Since 2007, he has been an opinion writer at The Post. He was a member of The Post’s editorial board until 2022. He hosts the weekly Post podcast “Capehart” and the weekly Post Live show “First Look,” which is also streamed on Comcast’s Peacock streaming service.

At MSNBC, Capehart is the anchor of “The Saturday Show with Jonathan Capehart,” which debuted on Feb. 18th, and “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart,” which has been on the air since 2020. His MSNBC special “A Promised Land: A Conversation with Barack Obama” was nominated in 2021 for an Emmy for “Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis.” His MSNBC special “Pride of the White House” won a GLAADMedia Award for “Outstanding TV Journalism – Long Form” in 2022.

At PBS, Mr. Capehart serves as a political analyst on “The PBS Newshour” and is featured on the popular Friday segment “Brooks and Capehart.” Mr. Capehart has moderated panels and conversations at the 92nd Street Y, the Connecticut Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival and for the Aspen Institute, the Center for American Progress and at the Brussels Forum of the German Marshall Fund.

A Spring 2019 Fellow at the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service, in 2022, he received an honorary degree from Le Moyne College and an honorary degree from his alma mater, Carleton College, in 2023. His memoir will be published by Twelve Books in January 2025.

From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Capehart was deputy editorial page editor of the New York Daily News and served on that paper’s editorial board from 1993 to 2000. In 1999, his 16-month editorial campaign to save the famed Apollo Theater earned him and the board the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. He left the Daily News in July 2000 to become the national affairs columnist at Bloomberg News, and took a leave from this position in February 2001 to serve as a policy adviser to Michael Bloomberg in his first campaign for New York City mayor.