You may have heard that right now there are big things in store for the ISIS Group.
Nearly seventeen years ago, we embarked on a mission to show that it is possible to use the power of business to fuel international development projects and to create meaningful change for communities in the developing world. Over a glass of wine with her father, Audette Exel, Founder of the ISIS Group, found the perfect name for that vision – ISIS. Named after the Egyptian goddess of motherhood, ISIS came to represent the essence of what we do – working side by side with women and children, and bridging different worlds – connecting Wall Street with the alleyways of some of the world’s most impoverished and remote places, like Humla, Nepal and Nakaseke, Uganda.
Fast forward to 2014, and the ISIS Group has built a globally recognised profile. We are very proud of what ISIS has come to represent. We are known as one of the world’s earliest examples of a business for purpose. Our incredible teams have built our profile as experts in maternal infant child healthcare, the rescue and reintegration of kids from child traffickers, and remote health and education service delivery. Our research and knowledge sharing reach and help others worldwide.
After much consideration and with a very heavy heart, we have concluded that it is no longer possible to continue with the name that has served us so well. We have been watching in horror in the last few months as dreadful violence has unfolded in the Middle East connected to the group being called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or IS), and our hearts go out to all those who are suffering.
We wanted to let you know that we are in the process of selecting a new name, and will launch it in early November 2014.
This is an exciting opportunity for us. We look forward to finding a new name that will continue to reflect who we are and what we do, and will take us forward into the next few decades.
Although our name will change, our work will continue with the same energy and focus that we are proud to say we have always brought to it.
Once we launch, we will be asking for everyone’s help to spread the word about our new, fantastic name.
Many thanks for your continued support, from the ISIS Family worldwide.