About Us

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Global Matters

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 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 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 the world's diverse viewpoints and perspectives

- 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 $750,000.

To increase global competence and understanding in central Ohio through education, collaboration, and thought leadership.

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.