Mission: To be the leader in preparing the region and its citizens, individually and collectively, to thrive in the 21st century global environment by promoting international understanding, education, engagement, and cooperation.
Vision: A culturally aware and respectful citizenry engaged with the world.
The Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council (GCWAC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that builds global understanding and promotes international awareness through education, information and exchange of people and ideas. We work in cooperation with the government, companies, as well as cultural and educational bodies.
Our dedicated 2 full-time and 1 part-time staff, 14-member Board of Directors, 7-member Advisory Board, interns, and volunteers help to build international goodwill, with inestimable benefits for security and prosperity both locally and worldwide. We began our educational, conferencing, and policy work in Cincinnati in 1923, as a national affiliate of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). Since 1961, the council has been a national affiliate of Global Ties U.S., welcoming visitors to the region from over 150 countries. The GCWAC is funded through its global membership society (individuals, families, and corporations), foundations as well as by a grant from the U.S. Department of State.
Headquartered at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, GCWAC takes advantage of our area’s unique geographic location along the Ohio River, with a tri-state including Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and revolving around the City of Cincinnati, with other major cities within reasonable driving distance. Utilizing this location, we are able to work with institutional partners across three states and in multiple cities. This multi-regional approach and reach ensures the highest possible quality of program development and a deeper engagement with multiple cultural, economic, social, and political perspectives than many other organizations involved in our type of work can offer.
In 2014, the council welcomed over 200 foreign business, community and educational leaders, many of whom stayed with local families. Today, we run a vigorous education program which reached almost 3,000 students. The council welcomes many distinguished foreign guests to the city as well to share their viewpoints from around the world.
As a region, we have much to teach, much to learn, and many social and economic advantages to gain from international connections in governance, education, consumer products, technology, health, freedom, communications, human rights, political leadership, local economic development, and many other areas.
What is the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council’s mission? To be the leader in preparing the region and its citizens, individually and collectively, to thrive in the 21st century global environment by promoting international understanding, education, engagement, and cooperation.
What is the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council’s annual budget? Approximately $200,000.
How many full-time staff does the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council employ? There are two full-time employees and one part-time employee – the Executive Director, the Programs Manager, and the Programs Associate.
How many Board of Directors and Advisory Board volunteer with the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council? The Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council has 13 Board of Directors and 7 Advisory Board Members.
From where does the council receive funding? The council is funded through individuals, corporations, and foundations as well as by a grant from the U.S. Department of State.
Is the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council a charity organization? Yes, the council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations to the organization may be tax-deductible.
What does the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council do? The council programs professional meetings and cultural activities for international visitors through a variety of exchange programs affiliated with the U.S. Department of State. In addition, the council programs education activities and events for K-adults within the region to lead the region in its global awareness efforts.
Who does the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council serve? The council serves three communities: K-adult students; business, academic, and civic leaders; and the international community. The International Community may share their cultures with the Greater Cincinnati region as well as find a piece of home (restaurant, networking groups, etc.) on the website.
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