About us

Our Mission

The Foundation for Iranian Studies was established in 1981 as a non-profit educational and research institution to preserve, study, and transmit Iran’s cultural heritage; to study contemporary issues in Iranian government and society; and to point to the probable social, economic, political, and military directions Iran might take in the future. The Foundation serves as an information center for the study of Iran’s past, present and future. Non-partisan and non-political, the Foundation believes authentic, objective scholarship can and should encompass a multiplicity of intellectual contributions and a diversity of opinions.

Our Legal Status

The Foundation for Iranian Studies is registered under the laws of the states of New York and Maryland and is classified as a Section 501 (c) (3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are deductible to the full extent of the law. The work of the Foundation is supported by individuals, corporations, associations, and foundations. The Foundation for Iranian Studies is non-partisan and non-political.