I created the GPD Charitable Trust in December 2010 to make a difference.
Our motto is “Change the Arc of History” recognizing both the hope and the reality of charitable endeavors. My intent is to honor those who helped create the wealth from which the Trust was derived by investing in programs and organizations that improve the world.
I remember eagerly accepting the Gates-Buffett challenge to dedicate more than half of my net-worth to charitable causes. It was an easy and natural decision given my upbringing, my values and my career—all of which shaped my service ethos and philosophical commitment to philanthropy.
I was raised in an average middle-class household in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania yet found myself intrigued by military service and international work. This led me to the United States Military Academy at West Point, then to the Army and the business career that inspired the GPD Charitable Trust.
Growing up I observed my father’s dedication to service as he worked tirelessly in our local community organizations and later committed to becoming a “leader of character to serve the nation” at West Point. My experiences as a young man seeking to fulfill my potential, as a military officer serving abroad, then as a business leader and entrepreneur working globally, formed the world view and perspective that are closely reflected in our approach to giving.
Founder, GPD Charitable Trust