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August 2018 Newsletter

Dear friends,

At GPD, we’re committed to ensuring that every investment we make is strategic—and that each one they always point back to our three core initiatives:


Leadership Development and Training — fostering environments that develop young leaders in becoming transformational influencers in their respective regions, communities, and industries 

Independent Media — enhancing public awareness, accountability, and civic engagement by way of free, fair, and open journalism

Peace Through Understanding — ongoing research, discussion, and thought leadership centered around peace, stability, and global security 


If you work for or know of an organization working toward these goals and would like to explore ways to collaborate with GPD, please don’t hesitate to reach out us directly.

Here are some recent updates:

GPD Commits $50,000 to Independent Media and Journalism in Central America

This month, GPD Charitable Trust joined OSF and the Ford Foundation in co-funding The Seattle International Foundation-led Journalism Fund that supports independent journalism in the Central American region.

Journalism and media have been changing and evolving over the past decade in Central America. Traditionally, the main sources of shared media were controlled by the centralized government or oligarchy and took to a single narrative. The emergence of the independent press and alternative media has been a check on the imbalance that has resulted in improved democratic prospects for the region. GPD is proud to support several young and promising digital media outlets that have been crucial for the strengthening of democracy and good governance by uncovering cases of corruption and fraud and educating the public. The primary regions the Journalism Fund will operate in include: El Intercambio in Guatemala, Contra Corriente in Honduras, El Faro in El Salvador and Confidencial in Nicaragua.

Join GPD in El Salvador this October 22-24 for the SIF Central American Donors Forum or send us an email if you would like to learn more about the SIF Journalism Fund.

Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations at West Point names Lieutenant-General (Ret) Ken Hunzeker as Distinguished Chair

Please join GPD in congratulating Lieutenant-General (Ret) Ken Hunzeker, USMA Class of 1975, for being named Distinguished Chair for one of our Partner organizations, the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations (CSCMO). Ken served with distinction for 35 years in the United States Army, including commanding the 1st Infantry Division, US Army V Corps and serving as the Deputy Commander of forces in Iraq.

John Melkon, Civilian Director for CSCMO commented, “Bringing LTG Hunzeker on board is the culmination of years spent searching for the ‘right’ candidate. He embodies all that we seek to educate, train and inspire in our cadets as they set out to begin their Army careers. We have witnessed our graduates encountering an increasingly complex environment that will see them working very early across all instruments of US and International government power. We also appreciate how he can guide our faculty who are contemplating their future Army careers and pursuits beyond service.”

Illinois Joining Forces expands outreach, introduces Veteran Support Community

Recently, GPD Partner organization Illinois Joining Forces (IJF), introduced the Veteran Support Community (VSC)—an extension of IJF’s mission to bridge the gap between Service Members, Veterans, and Military Families and the local resources and services available to them. Each VSC is community-run and is supported by IJF’s structure of marketing, policy, and care coordination services. In its inaugural weeks, IJF has already made great progress towards VSC development throughout Illinois, most notably in Southern Illinois, Peoria, Joliet, Rock Island, and Quincy.

Founded in 2012, Illinois Joining Forces is a statewide public-private partnership that fosters an environment of collaboration, advocacy, and coordination across all mediums of the Veteran and Military support community.

Syria Direct Expands Reach, Shines Light on Life in Syria

This August, GPD Partner organization Syria Direct trained a team of six Syrian journalists on the ground in areas of the country formerly held by the Islamic State: two in Raqqa, two in Deir e-Zor and two in rural Aleppo. Through this month-long training and reporting project, held in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Syria Direct team produced a series of investigative pieces that shine a light on life in Syria today—including a report on the return of civil society in Raqqa, a photo essay on repairs to ancient heritage sites, as well as an interview looking at the legal limbo for women and children who lived under Islamic State control.

For the introductory overview of this project, check out this Syria Direct primer. To receive daily updates from the Syria Direct team, sign up for the newsletter on their website.

MVPvets’ Welcomes New CEO, Jayson Gilberti  

This summer, Colonel Jayson C. Gilberti (pictured on the right), U.S. Army (RET) was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of GPD Partner organization, MVPvets. Jayson is an executive leader and U.S. military veteran with more than 25 years of service to the United States Army and our nation. He joins the MVPvets team with a comprehensive background in what it takes to coach, teach and mentor veterans and their families. A recent retiree himself, he understands first-hand the transition from military service and shifting
careers to the life sciences industry.

"I look forward to charting a course that builds MVPvets into an enduring platform that enables veterans to receive mentorship, plan, prepare and pursue jobs within the Health Innovation industry. It is an amazing opportunity to continue to serve with and for other veterans to help transform their lives," said Gilberti. "After a quarter-century of service, study, and reflection focused on the growth and development of our nation's soldiers, I am excited to lead the charge and facilitate my fellow veterans' efforts to re-career into health innovation (STEM) careers."







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