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Friends, 

2020 is well underway, marking the beginning of a new era of the GPD Charitable Trust

This time last year, we were setting priorities that would enable us to continue augmenting our collaborative networks, enrich and secure sustainability for our Partner organizations, and strengthen the bonds that tie our Stardust grantees together. 

One year later, GPD has expanded its reach around the globe with the successful formation of two synergistic organizations: DT Global —a new international development organization, and DT Institute —which is both a funder and an implementer, driving innovation and strengthening communities and leaders. Together, the three organizations make up the DT Global family, which reaches over 90 countries around the world, implimenting on initiatives to address conflict or post-conflict environments, community engagement, and so much more. 

This year, GPD is already capitalizing on the momentum of our rapid evolution, with a new slate of international, national, and local initiatives intended to “change the arc of history.” We will be providing you with quarterly updates throughout 2020 that will showcase and highlight GPD- and DT- Global-driven news, announcements, and stories of impact.

On the International Front: 

  • Held Q&A with Chief of Party for DT Global’s Syria program, Heidi Silvey, who discussed her experience working with communities and local governance structures to initiate effective programming in some of the world’s most challenging environments.
  • John DeBlasio, Chairman of DT Global and Founder/Executive Director of GPD Charitable Trust attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. There, he discussed economic development and America’s role in making possible the building of critical infrastructure projects around the world. 
  • DT Global proudly participated as a sponsor and speaker at the Australasian Aid Conference, February 17–19, 2020. The Australasian Aid conference brings together researchers from across Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and other countries to share insights on international development policy and practice.

On the National Front: 

  • DT Institute continues to hire passionate professionals who are committed to pushing the boundaries of peace and development in three principal areas: 
    • Stabilization, Transition, and Peacebuilding
    • Economic Growth and Environment
    • Independent Media and Technology
  • GPD, alongside DT Institute, continues to propel promising young leaders and create opportunities to enhance the student experience with its select university partners, by providing access to sponsored internships and shaping the DT Global family. We strive to become the employer of choice for students seeking careers in the development field.
  • GPD-supported Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations at West Point, which was founded by John DeBlasio in 2012, celebrates eight years of programming ensure sure cadets are equipped to work with international and domestic agencies outside of the Department of Defense, as well as the civilian population in the areas they deploy to.
On the Local Front:
  • This January, Illinois Joining Forces raised $17,000 in a dueling-pianos night to support continuity for programs dedicated to the efficient delivery of Growth and Wellness initiatives for service members, Veterans, and their families —at the community level, throughout the State of Illinois. Listen to IJF Board Chair Erica Borggren, on WGN Radio in advance of the event.
  • GPD continued its advocacy and support of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight on critical global issues, advances policy solutions, and fosters dialogue about current events on the international front, by encouraging and welcoming applicants for the Emerging Leaders Class of 2021. The program provides a robust expansive platform to deepen their fluency and exposure to global affairs and policy. 
  • The GPD-supported program, Youth Entrepreneurs celebrates its first full school year in Chicago Public Schools. Youth Entrepreneurs is an education program that ignites students’ passion for business education and entrepreneurship and provides the practical experience necessary to apply it to real-life situations.
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