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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, Promotion of International Understanding

Mission: The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of key contemporary international issues throughout Western Pennsylvania. Established in 1931, the Council is committed to informing opinion leaders and decision-makers about developments around the world as they unfold – and to educating them about the relevance of such developments to the region. The Council has a special focus on secondary schools throughout the region, and works to give students and teachers a more nuanced understanding of the global issues of our time.

Target demographics: educate the community about current world affairs.

Programs: Through its Education Programs the Council works with students and teachers in secondary schools throughout the region. Each year the Council organizes and hosts over 100 events focused on the foreign policy challenges which lie ahead for the successor generation. These events are tailored to a student audience, and reach a combined total of over 11,000 students and teachers in nearly 300 area schools. As a result of these activities – and through the use of modern technology – students in Western Pennsylvania have had the opportunity to engage each other as well as their counterparts in secondary schools from as far away as Brazil, Italy, the Republic of Georgia, South Africa, and Taiwan. The Council also conducts a range of Public Policy Programs for the professional community. Each year, the Council hosts approximately 10 luncheon discussions with major international leaders. Past speakers have included Condoleezza Rice, Thomas Friedman, Turkish Ambassador Namik Tan, and Former Prime Minister of South Korea, Ambassador Han Duk-Soo. The Council also uses other formats – such as breakfast briefings and evening discussion programs – to attract more younger and mid-career professionals to its events and engage them in a discussion of these issues.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Top notch organization! I am honored and proud to say that I am a Global Travel Scholar. The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh awarded me a phenomenal expedition...one that I'll never forget. Traveling to Japan was a life changing journey. It allowed me to gain a better appreciation for other cultures as well as my own. The staff of the organization are very professional, courteous and thorough. A "hands-on"approach throughout the entire process. Kept us well informed and encouraged you to call upon them with any questions or concerns you had. The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh made a dream a reality. I was truly thrilled to visit anime production companies, magna studios, and neighborhoods famous for contemporary art. I have greatly benefited from this highly rewarding experience and feel strongly that i will be able to relate my experience in Japan to my academic and professional goals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The World Affairs Council provides people with the opportunity to discover cultures all across the globe. The organization makes something that is otherwise very difficult, possible. Being able to understand another culture on the most authentic scale of interaction and immersion, is a wonderful experience, and creates international thinkers. Being able to accept other cultures and thinking internationally can help bring the world together, and The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is a strong driving force of this in our city.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is a first-class organization. As a school teacher, I have used their programming many times to benefit my students. Each time, they have shown a willingness to not only provide a comprehensive experience, but also accommodate any of my specific needs. I have donated money for a number of years.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is an invaluable resource to many schools. The programs the WACP are like none other offered in the region, and students gain unique and enriching knowledge and experiences from the great variety of programs they offer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The World Affairs Council has offered our students opportunities to access information and gain a variety of perspectives about the ever-changing world around them. Their support of high school programs / education is without comparison. Our students are hungry to learn more about their world and the World Affairs Council makes it relevant and brings it alive by making opportunities for students to engage with adults who are working closely with others around the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I really appreciate all of the work that the World Affairs Council does for high school students, like myself, around the Pittsburgh area. I have participated in many programs with the council including the AIU International Affairs Apprenticeship Program, video conferences, and various other events. Also, I will soon be shadowing an employee at the council to get a truly hands-on experience. The council has really opened my eyes to international situations and provided me with a lot of guidance when it comes to deciding upon a career and a major for college. It has helped me realize my love for international relations and the study of how different cultures behave and interact. I cannot express enough how grateful I am for the opportunities the council has provided, and I will most definitely take advantage of their programs even more in the future.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a teacher at Cornell High School. Over the past few years the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh sent to of our students abroad, invited our students to events, hosted events at our school, and provided professional development opportunities for our teachers. Each experience our students and teachers have had with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh has been absolutely amazing. The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh really helps making Pittsburgh a remarkable place.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a social studies teacher at Elizabeth Forward. Over the past three years World Affairs Council has provided our district with a variety of speakers who have lived abroad. The sharing of experiences and cultural background with our students has been extremely valuable. World Affairs Council has literally brought the world to Elizabeth!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is so helpful and really work to help others!
The organization helped me and literally changed my life when I received a scholarship to study abroad in Spain. I have recommended this organization to many of my fellow classmates in my high school. I was also able to take part in a World Affairs Summer Seminar this past June. I now have knowledge of many ambassadors and foreign policy/issues and government around the world. Without this organization this wouldn't have been possible. I feel highly about The Council!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a high school student that has benefitted from the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh exponentially. My connection with the Council has lasted all through high school. Throughout freshman and sophomore years, my social studies class would attend various workshops offered by the council. Topics included The Arab Spring of 2011 and the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh. A panel of riveting speakers introduced the topic, and then the congragation would break into smaller groups in which a more in-depth discussion could be benefitted from. These events were always very enriching and helped bring the concepts we discussed in class in a real-world light.

However, the council has done much, much more for me. I applied to the Global Travel Scholarship in my junior year. After a very in-depth application process which included several essays, recommenations, and an interview, I was selected for the scholarship. Due entirely to the hardwork of the council members in securing funding, I was able to spend five weeks in Morocco without paying a dollar.

I had dreamed of traveling my entire life. However, as one of four children in a single parent family, I could never have achieved that goal on my own. Everytime I think back to the unthinkable generosity that I recieved from the council I am overcome with gratitude. Morocco changed how I look at life in countless ways. I was able to improve as a student and a human being. I was able to connect with people from another culture. Without the Council, I would not be who I am today.