From a young man seeking to fulfill his potential, to a military officer serving abroad, and then a global business leader and entrepreneur – John formed a worldview and perspective that are closely reflected in our Guiding Principals.
The world can be more peaceful, prosperous, and stable. We are unwavering in our optimism that a more peaceful and prosperous world is achievable. We believe that humility, understanding, and cooperation are critical to achieving long-term positive global impact.
Visionary leaders can catalyze transformative global impact. We believe that well-timed interventions and mentorship are critical to developing leaders of character who can fully self-actualize to become the transformative leaders needed to change the world.
Collaboration is key. We believe that organizations and individuals are more effective and impactful when they work collaboratively despite how difficult it may be.
Civic Engagement is paramount. We believe that the backbone to creating inclusive communities that ensure social, political, and economic prosperity for all is strong civic engagement.
Explore highlights from our partners below.
National Security Thought Leadership
U.S. Military Academy at West Point
The first of its type housed at a military academy and targeting junior officers, the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations embeds civil-military and interagency cooperation into traditional military education. Cross-disciplinary programming that emphasizes the collaboration between the military and other areas of the government, NGOs and civilian populations is a key component of the Center’s instructional philosophy.
University of Denver
In 2012 GPD pledged two million dollars over ten years to launch and establish the Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) at University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. CMES generates scholarly research and fosters public understanding of the Middle East and the broader Islamic world’s societies, political systems, and international relations through dialogue and debate on the contemporary politics of the region.
Illinois Joining Forces
Illinois Joining Forces (IJF) is a public-private network of veteran and military-serving organizations that collaborate to help service members, veterans and their families navigate the range of support services available to them.
Northwestern’s Middle East and North African Studies Program (MENA) is committed to offering students and the community at large an in-depth understanding of the region that stretches from Morocco to the Gulf States and Iran, and from the Mediterranean into the Sahara and beyond.
Civic Engagement Through Journalism
Launched in 2013, Syria Direct is a non-profit journalism organization that produces timely, credible coverage of issues in Syria by training a small group of Syrian and American citizen journalists in professional information-gathering and unbiased, in-depth reporting. Syria Direct publishes original news reports, interviews, photographs and videos from inside Syria that are disseminated through social media and published in international news outlets.
Ukraine Media Initiative
The New Media Development Group is a nonprofit organization committed to the development and operation of independent news and media in Ukraine and the former Soviet Union. The organization works to empower citizens, journalists, and initiatives in the creation and distribution of truthful and engaging reporting that reflects local issues and concerns.
Leadership Development and Training
Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos
Created in 1954, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) seeks to transform orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children’s lives in Latin America and the Caribbean by providing safe, healthy and loving homes, healthcare and educational opportunities. Through core values of unconditional love, shared responsibility and service to others, NPH helps these children grow into caring and productive members of their communities.