Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio
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2350 Indianola Ave.
Columbus, OH 43202
Ms. Dot Erickson-Anderson
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Board Chair
Ms. Susanna Warren
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To promote peace, eliminate violence, and work through conflict by systematically using Nonviolent Communication (NVC), creating a community where we live in peace and with compassion for all.

Organization Overview

Impact Statement


  • We trained over 700 individuals in 17 sessions, beginning and advanced, including seven day residential retreats and three day weekends. We led nine events in cooperation with government agencies, peace centers, and community and spiritual groups.

  • We held monthly meet up groups and introductory sessions for individuals interested in learning more about the nonviolent communication movement.

  • We worked to support and coach 5 additional trainers working toward Nonviolent Communication certification.

  • We provided weekly support to individuals who utilize support groups to increase their communication skills. 


  • We will develop a mediation center for couples and families to focus on compassionate communication in the mediation process.

  • We will broaden training options to include camp settings for family groups, seven day residential intensive training, website seminars.

  • We will mentor 10 individuals who are working toward certification as trainers in Nonviolent Communication.

  • We will collaborate with five new social service or faith groups.

Background Statement

The Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio (CCCO) imagines a community where violence is virtually non-existent; where people interact with each other in a way that everyone's needs are equally valued; where heart connections are the rule, not the exception. Relationships are characterized by respect and trust.

CCCO is part of an international movement for nonviolence developed by Marshall Rosenberg over a period of 40 years. It exists in over 30 countries around the world. The nonviolent philosophy follows the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

The actual nonviolent communication process is practical and transforming for individuals, families, and organizations. CCCO was established in Columbus in 2005 by a coalition of 21 people committed to fostering nonviolence through teaching and dissemination of the nonviolent communication process. This led to incorporation as a nonprofit in 2006. CCCO annually provides trainings, retreats, orientations, and study groups, hosting local and national conferences featuring certified nonviolent trainers. CCCO hosted the world renowned psychologist and founder, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, twice as it began its work.

CCCO has intimately impacted over 4,000 residents of central Ohio and beyond. The need for CCCO continues to grow. We are requesting support from all who desire to make a difference and contribute to creating a more compassionate world. Our organization is committed to making a difference in all facets of our community. We are discovering that people are attracted to our NVC offerings from areas throughout the U.S. and beyond. Our aim is to influence those community systems--education, health, justice, workforce--that most directly affect people's lives, especially the children and adults most vulnerable and at risk. We are focused on working with the general public and also the public and private organizations which, when transformed, would be most beneficial to the community.

After years of practicing dozens of modalities for social change, personal development, and spirituality, we have never seen a system as comprehensive and transformative as Compassionate Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Many people's lives permanently change as a result of practicing NVC. NVC can be adapted and applied to any situation in life--business, family, community, politics, or our relationship with ourselves.

NVC is a life-changing way of interacting that facilitates the flow of communication needed to exchange information and resolve differences peacefully. With its focus on human feelings and needs, NVC emphasizes emotional intelligence over intellectual analysis in expressing what is going on in people. With its reliance on objective observations rather than evaluations, NVC avoids making people defend themselves from value-laden judgments. By employing clear requests in place of demands, NVC allows everyone to meet their needs on their own terms.



Mr. Hall Johnson, 
Biographical Statement

Hall Johnson is responsible for internal operations at the Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio. Prior to joining the organization, Hall spent over 30 years in the corporate world, with the last 23 years in business development, operations, and management roles with MindLeaders, an e-learning and talent development company that was acquired by SkillSoft.

Ms. Dot Erickson-Anderson, 
Biographical Statement

Dot served as an administrator for several foster care agencies including two that she helped to create in Columbus, Ohio. She severed as the Director of the Family Care Association. She also has served as a social worker with families in need of community help in a home-based program as well as time serving those living within a domestic violence shelter, She completed her child welfare work as a training coordinator and now serves on the Ohio Family Care Association Board of Trustees. Dot currently works as an Fiscal Director/Administrator with the Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio.

Additional Organization Information
Number of Full-Time Staff:
Number of Part-Time Staff:
Number of Volunteers: 40 
Staff Retention Rate:


Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Fundraising Plan No
Management Succession/Training Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Strategic Plan No
Additional Organization Information

Simply Living, Africentric Personal Development Shop, Goodwill Columbus, National Youth Advocate Program, Weinland Park Community Civic Organization, Columbus Montessori Education Center, Graham Schools, Tark, Inc., Family HEART Camp and The Buckeye Ranch, Inc. 


Local Governing Board
Board Chair Ms. Susanna Warren,
Board Chair Term 9/2014 -  8/2017  
Board Members
Mr. John Henson,  
Mr. Kris Keller,  
Ms. Zoe Klopf Switzer,  
Ms. Carole Menge,  
Mr. John Parmater,  
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually
Board Meeting Attendance 96% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 100%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 100%
Gender Female 50%
  Male 50%
Race African-American/Black 17%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 0%
  Caucasian 83%
  Hispanic/Latino 0%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%
Advisory Board
No members in the Advisory Board.


Leadership Development

CCCO is committed to developing skilled leaders so they can step up to run practice groups, facilitate public training classes, and participate in the development of nonviolent and compassionate workplaces.  

Developing skilled leaders who are able to foster the movement of nonviolent compassionate communication takes place in a number of different ways. CCCO hosts advanced trainings and immersion retreats throughout the year that attract up and coming leaders locally, nationally, and internationally.

Local leaders-in-training participate in weekly practice groups and assist during trainings and conferences held in central Ohio. A vibrant peer development group with 42 affiliated members meets at CCCO's offices every Friday morning to share experiences and best practices. Finally, our executive director mentors local leaders-in-training as well as others outside of central Ohio.         


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Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Through our new mediation program, we contribute to peace and civility in our community by helping people address conflicts in their personal and professional lives--creating win/win outcomes for all parties involved. When NVC principles are infused into the tried-and-tested process of mediation, it greatly increases the likelihood that people will--with the support of a trained mediator--create a mutually beneficial resolution through improved communication and collaboration.

The disputants themselves control the outcome of our mediation sessions. A CCCO-approved mediator facilitates the session and controls how the session is structured, however the people in dispute decide what is discussed.

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Organizational Consultation

Organizational consultation infuses nonviolent communication principles into businesses, government and social service agencies, nonprofit organizations, and religious institutions to create thriving workplaces.  

CCCO provides basic and advanced training in it’s principles and practices as a one-time introduction or as on-going leadership development. These trainings educate staff who may have gotten stuck with unproductive communication skills or who want to broaden their skills to promote more positive communications and relationship building with their customers.

Last year, CCCO conducted 16 organizational consultations.

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Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 07/01/2015 - 06/30/2016
Projected Revenue $200,000
Projected Expense $200,000
Endowment Fund Yes
Value $5,104
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? No

Revenues by Source

  2015   2014   2013  
Total Direct Support $49,242  $39,135  $28,338 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals
Direct Support Unspecified $49,242  $39,135  $28,338 
Indirect Public Support
Earned Revenue $165,475  $159,081  $185,970 
Interest and Dividends
Membership Dues
Special Events
Other $2,711  $3,050 
TOTAL REVENUE $217,428  $201,266  $214,308 

Expense by Type

  2015   2014   2013  
Programs $204,980  $175,871  $165,476 
Administration $17,618  $24,072  $21,700 
Fundraising $2,648  $5,131  $2,805 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $225,246  $205,074  $189,981 

Assets and Liabilities

  2015   2014   2013  
Total Assets $87,559  $106,186  $100,218 
Current Assets $86,959  $104,990  $98,249 
Total Liabilities $55,846  $66,575  $56,799 
Current Liabilities $55,846  $66,575  $56,799 
NET ASSETS $31,713  $39,611  $43,419 


TCF Staff:
Mr. Dot Erickson-Anderson

CCCO is in the process of development of a new financial plan as well as a new Management Plan. Using the principles of sociocracy, the organization has formed a Management Team of five staff members, seven board members, and a community of practice that are working to set out new plans for the organization's financial sustainability. Coming from a traditional executive director leadership, this style presents a new role in fiscal management.

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