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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

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