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News Date: February 12, 2016

Greater Columbus Organizations Partner to Help Tainan City, the Columbus region's Sister City

On February 6th Columbus’ Sister City Tainan which is located in Taiwan, Republic of China was severely impacted by an earthquake that hit close to Tainan. In light of the tragic events unfolding in Tainan, Greater Columbus Sister Cities International, Inc., along with the City of Columbus and the Board of Commissioners, Franklin County, are partnering to encourage the community to support relief efforts by generously donating to the Tainan Disaster Relief Fund of The Columbus Foundation. Additional information about the fund can be found at

The earthquake in Tainan City is deeply affecting the Taiwanese friends that have been made over the years through the Sister City relationship.  In recognition of the immense struggle that many Tainan families will be forced to face in the coming weeks and months, organizers request residents, companies and organizations from the Columbus region to respond with a robust relief effort through the Tainan Disaster Relief Fund.

To make a donation, make checks payable to The Columbus Foundation, at 1234 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43205 with “Tainan Disaster Relief Fund” in the memo field. 


About Greater Columbus Sister Cities International, Inc.: 

The Mission of GCSCI is the creation of economic, educational, cultural, and environmental opportunities through relationship building and exchanges between the Columbus region and its sister cities and their regions.  GCSCI collaborates with diverse local communities to identify, nurture, and expand these relationships.

In 1980, the City of Columbus and the City of Tainan entered into a formal Sister Cities partnership.  This partnership enables our respective communities to build relationships through collaboration in the areas of education, culture, business and environmental initiatives, some of which are mentioned below:

  • Spring 2015 - GCSCI created the Hefei and Tainan City Sister City Committee
  • Fall 2014 - Otterbein University hosted A Narrative of Light & Shadow: Female Photographers from Taiwan, a traveling exhibition sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of Chicago
  • Spring 2014 - DaTang Dance Group performed four times at the 2014 Asian Festival
  • Spring 2013 - During a trip to Taiwan, GCSCI representatives met with the President of the National University of Tainan and upon returning to Columbus, followed up with the President of Otterbein. In 2014 a student from Tainan City attended Otterbein

For Additional Information please contact Tim Sword, President, GCSCI at 614.563.1932 or visit our website at