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What others have to say about the Council...

"The signal strength of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is addressing the complex issues that stymie the greatest minds in our country... There is no more important task than for young people and future leaders to be exposed to the intricacies of world affairs - that is what this Council is about."
- Honorable Dick Thornburgh

"In thirty years of teaching, I can definitely say that the World Affairs Council's International Affairs Education Program has been more important to my students and me than any other organization. You bring enrichment and knowledge that is simply not available anywhere else."
- An award-winning social studies teacher

Annual Giving Campaign

Investing in the lives of others can make an immeasurable impact – whether or not you see it first hand.

Year after year, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh designs programs for middle and high school students at nearly 300 schools throughout the region to help them develop a deeper understanding of the global issues that will shape their lives in the 21st century. We also provide timely public policy discussions on an array of issues tailored to the interests and needs of Pittsburgh’s educational and professional communities. But, did you know that through its outreach, the World Affairs Council is making the Pittsburgh region even more global?

We invite you to play an invaluable role in the life-changing opportunities our programs provide by investing in the futures of nearly 16,000 students, educators, emerging leaders, and professionals throughout the region. Below is a glimpse of the impact your investment in our mission can have:

  • In 2013, the Council hosted more than 150 events on pertinent issues with distinguished speakers such as Gen. Michael Hayden, journalist Peter Bergen, French Ambassador François Delattre, and Chilean Ambassador Felipe Bulnes.
  • Our video conferencing efforts have grown substantially since our G-20 Student Summit in 2009. Today we are connecting tens of thousands of students at hundreds of schools throughout the region, across Pennsylvania, across the United States, and around the world for discussions about some of the most pressing issues of the day.
  • Under the auspices of the Global Travel Scholarship Program, this past summer 12 disadvantaged youth had the opportunity to travel abroad for the first time. This experience has given them a new frame of reference and enriched those around them.
  • The Council has its own radio program – The Pittsburgh Global Press Conference – which offers analysis of key international issues. More than 47,000 listeners tune in each week – and programs are available as a podcast on iTunes after they are broadcast.

We are proud of the work we have accomplished over the past year, and are eager to make an even greater impact throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. Please consider making an investment in our mission to enrich minds, deepen understanding about global issues, and promote dialogue. Your contribution to the Council’s Annual Fund – large or small – will directly influence our ability to maintain and strengthen the quality, variety, and reach of our programs.

Please help us reach our goal by making a tax-deductible donation online. (Matching gifts can maximize your contribution. Ask your HR representative for more information.)

On behalf of everyone at the World Affairs Council, thank you for your support of our mission.


Dr. Steven E. Sokol

President and CEO

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