Trade. Security. Environment. Health. Population. From Columbus to Beijing to Kandahar, these issues
have no borders. Global matters impact us locally. Local matters impact the world. The Columbus
Council on World Affairs delivers outstanding programs on the world’s most pressing issues, helping
you adapt and thrive in our global environment.
The Council is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 1975 by twelve forward-thinking
individuals representing a cross-section of our community: business, academic and civic.
To increase global awareness in the Columbus Region.
To be the leading nonpartisan, globally-focused organization in the Columbus Region.
The Council fosters a community that is well-informed about critical international issues as they affect
the world, nation and the local region, and whose citizens utilize this insight to make effective decisions
in our global society.
To perform all of our functions and activities in adherence with our core values:
• Everything we do is of the highest integrity and quality,
• Our programming seeks objectivity and balance while embracing the world’s diverse viewpoints
• Our community’s diversity is a precious resource, community partnerships and collaboration are crucial
• We operate with fiscal responsibility and accountability.
The Council is funded entirely through contributions from individuals and corporations and does not
receive any public funding. The Council’s annual budget is approximately $400,000.
2012 was an amazing year for the Council. Thank you to all of our contributors, volunteers, participants and community partners for your generosity and unwavering support. Download Report
Watch this short video to learn more about the Council’s impact in our community.
World Affairs Councils of America
- Bob Taft,
Former Governor of the State of Ohio