Who we are
The Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio shares the principles and practices of Compassionate-Nonviolent Communication (NVC), as developed by the American psychologist, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, and inspired by the nonviolence teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Founded in 2006, we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Columbus, Ohio, USA that works in partnership with other regional NVC organizations throughout the world, and with the international organization founded by Dr. Rosenberg, the Center for Nonviolent Communication.
Board of Trustees
We invite you to become part of our Compassionate Community. Click on picture to see some ways to get involved.
We are located at 2350 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43202 -- inside the Maynard Avenue United Methodist Church on the corner of Indianola Ave. and E. Maynard Ave. in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
We are proud to share office space with fellow nonprofit organization, Simply Living, which has the mission to create a compassionate and sustainable world through personal, community and cultural transformation.
CCCO Guiding Principles
Within CCCO, we commit to foster the spirit and practice of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in everything we do. Our core principles, through which we check each decision we make, is to serve our mission and vision.
Connecting with our hearts is our highest value.
We value everyone’s needs equally.
Gratitude and celebration are the underlying energy of what we do.
How we do something is as important as what we do.
We will operate in the spirit of social entrepreneurship.
We celebrate and give thanks for every resource entrusted to our care, and fully commit to use them wisely and ethically.
Our organization's history
The origin of the Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio came from Mark Feinknopf, who, together with his life partner, Cynthia Moe, had come in contact with the teachings of Marshall Rosenberg in 2003. Cynthia and Mark brought Marshall's work and the principles of NVC to their home community in the Atlanta, GA, working with the Carter Center and the Martin Luther King Center.
Mark had been a well-known architect in Columbus, Ohio, with a firm bearing his name, and active in many community improvement projects. He retained close ties with Columbus and wanted to see NVC in Central Ohio. A steering committee was formed which initiated the idea of the organization which became CCCO.
The organization's initial goal was to bring Dr. Rosenberg to Columbus, a goal that was achieved in March 2006 during which he led a successful 3-day conference.
Key Dates in our History
2005 Several Central Ohio residents traveled to Atlanta, GA to attend a training led by Marshall Rosenberg, and hosted by Mark and Cynthia (among these people was Jerry Saunders, Tom Carlisi, Victoria Peyton and Kathy Frank). They and others assembled a 20-person steering committee with the goal to bring Compassionate Communication to Central Ohio, initially by inviting Dr. Rosenberg to Columbus.
2006 In March, Dr. Rosenberg presented three days and two evenings of training at the Franklin Park Conservatory and the Columbus Africentric High School. Tracy Wimberly became the organization's first Executive Director, and Andy Workum our Operations Manager. Filed for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status with the IRS.
2007 Hosted Dr. Rosenberg for a second time in January for two days of training hosted at the Confluence Park Restaurant. Received $24,000 in startup funds through the Columbus Foundation, gifted to us from a previous community-based project with leftover funds.
2008 In April, hosted a conference with four visiting trainers who were Certified with the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC): Robert Gonzales, Kathleen Macferran, Mary Mackenzie and Jori Manske.
2009 In May, hired our first full-time Executive Director,Jeff Brown, a CNVC Certified Trainer since 2005. Hosted our first community-based conference at the Broad Street Presbyterian Church, with Jeff as lead trainer and nine assistant trainers who were members of the local community.
2010 Hosted a 3-day conference with Robert Gonzales, attended by eighty people and hosted at Temple Israel. Moved into our first office, shared with sister nonprofit organization Simply Living. Signed a contract to organize trainings for the NVC Training Institute worldwide.
2011 Hosted a 7-day residential retreat at the Procter Center in London, OH, "NVC Train-the-Trainer" presented by the Training Institute. Launched our first major initiative to bring Compassionate Communication into the workplace by hosting Gregg Kendrick for a 3-day training in December.
2012 Organized our sixth community-based conference, attended by a record 95 participants and held at the Martin de Porres Center. Launched our "Parenting from the Heart" project with an 8-week course at the Columbus Montessori Education Center.
2013 Hired an Operations Manager, Hall Johnson. Completed our first financial audit, for which we received an unqualified report (aka a clean bill of financial and organizational health). Changed our name from "Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio" to the "Center for Compassionate Communication" to acknowledge that our programming has expanded and to include more people in our mission.
UPDATES COMING SOON
Organizations we have provided training and consulting for:
Columbus Montessori Education Center
Columbus School for Girls
Graham Primary School
Indianola Children's Center
Linden McKinley High School
Maryland Elementary School (Bexley, OH)
St. Joseph Montessori School
Ohio Head Start
Youth Opportunities Program (Toledo, OH)
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
Ohio Family Care Association
Ohio Benefit Bank
United Methodist Children's Home
YWCA of Columbus
Miami County YMCA
Amethyst of Central Ohio
Nebraska Division of Developmental Disabilities
Columbus Mennonite Church
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus
Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio
Light in the Woods Unity Church
St. Francis of Assisi Church
Unity of Columbus
Health & Wellness:
American Institute of Alternative Medicine
Divorced and Separated Support Group
Ohio Health / Riverside Methodist Hospital
Ohio Nurses Association
Aikido School of Central Ohio
Hostelling International - OSU chapter
Stratford Ecological Center
Strategies Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE)