The Atlanta-Rio de Janeiro Sister Cities Foundation (ARJSCF) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 entity building global co-operations, enhancing educational opportunities, and promoting cultural understanding in the United States and Brazil.

ARJSCF was founded in 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia as the funding arm for The Atlanta-Rio de Janeiro Sister Cities Committee. In 2008 the Brazilian federal government recognized the Foundation as a legal entity, making it the first of Atlanta’s 18 Sister City groups approved to operate in a foreign country. ARJSCF seeks more partner relationships with global partners.


ARJSCF Programs

  • The Educational scholarship program

  • Health awareness programs

  • Cultural exchange programs between the U.S. and Brazil

  • Partnership with "Family Architect Program"

  • ​Sports Diplomacy programs (Partnering with programs like the ATA South)

Programs slated for 2021-2022 include assisting with projects that support the educational, cultural, health and sports programs. Plans for additional programs include a partnership and peace program, sustainable development, and humanitarian assistance.

ARJSCF President and CEO, Franklin McGruder is responsible for guiding the organization’s fundraising and program development. The Vice President / Vice Chair, Marco Fonseca da Costa manages the ARJSCF’s global projects.


The Atlanta-Rio de Janeiro Sister Cities Foundation welcomes partners, donors, and volunteers. For details please call 404-219-4380 or



Visit our ARJSF General Internship Opportunities at


Franklin T. McGruder, President
4062 Peachtree Road
Suite A, Concourse 193
Atlanta, GA 30319
001.404.219.4380 phone


Marco Fronseca Decosta 

626 Bergen Ave. #711

New York, New York 10455 917.891.2208

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