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May 2018 Newsletter

Dear friends,

Our GPD motto is to “Change the Arc of History…..Just a Little,” recognizing both the hope and the reality charitable endeavors have in our shared community.

By investing in programs and organizations that improve the world, we honor our commitment to those who have helped sustain this mission for more than 12 years.  It is with their contributions in mind that we remain committed to fostering new relationships for our grantees, expanding opportunities for our communities, and supporting our friends and stakeholders’ in this shared mission.   

Below, you will find our May 2018 update. As always, please feel free to reach out to me directly if I can be a resource for you or if you would like to explore ideas on ways we can work together.

The University of Denver, Center for Middle East Studies
This summer, The University of Denver Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) will host a two-week student trip to Israel and the West Bank. This will be the second trip sponsored by the Center and was made possible with the financial support of GPD as well as
Denver-based surgeon, Paul Docktor. Students participating in the trip are selected through a competitive application process, and represent a range of cultural and academic backgrounds. Prior to the trip, students attended a weekly workshop with a schedule of rotating professors and outside speakers, in order to get a better understanding of the history of the conflict and the various narratives.

Gina Jannone, Program Manager for CMES, said, “The workshops leading up to the trip have already shown just how engaged, dynamic, and inquisitive this group is, and I am confident these students will enter the experience with open minds and a willingness to form meaningful connections.”

Seattle International Foundation
For the second year, GPD will proudly sponsor Seattle International Foundation’s 2018 Central America Donors Forum, taking place in El Savador October 22-24, 2018. The annual event brings together over 200 leaders from business, philanthropy, government and civil society to discuss priority issues and successful models of development, meet key leaders working in the region, and explore co-investment for social impact in Central America. More information about the work of Seattle International Foundation and the 2018 Central America Donors Forum can be found here.

Stardust Fund garners new grantee, Stand Together
In May 2018, GPD committed a $50,000 annual endowment to Stand Together Foundation that will bring the success of its Catalyst Program to new prospects and neighborhoods across the City of Chicago. The Catalyst Program takes a venture philanthropy approach to non-government organizations and initiatives and focuses on issues like workforce development, at-risk youth, housing, substance abuse, criminal justice, homelessness, education, hunger, and more to motivate positive social change. Through the course of the program, cohorts of 10-15 individuals work with Stand Together stakeholders, like GPD, to encounter new ideas, seize opportunities to collaborate, and work to grow, scale, replicate, and create long-lasting social change.

Stardust Highlight: Chicago Project on Security and Threats

GPD has committed a three-year, $75,000 grant to support the University of Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST). Founded in 2004 by Robert Pape, Professor of Political Science, CPOST is an international security affairs research institute based at the University of Chicago and is best known for creating and maintaining the most comprehensive and transparent suicide attack database available. CPOST is also working to create a non-partisan open-source toolkit to better address emerging threats for government and corporate partners while training the next generation of difference-makers in policy, business, the military, and academia. More information on CPOST can be found by visiting their website at   

For updates on our activities with GPD’s smaller grantees, please visit the Stardust Fund page. 

 WTTW’s Chicago Tonight in response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the joined: GPD’s Founder and Executive Director, John DeBlasio, ICYMI JPCOA

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