Summit at Gettysburg: Our Unfinished Work

The 2014 Gettysburg Summit took place June 4-6 in Gettysburg, PA. The Summit brought together 350 outstanding participants from the private sector, higher education, government, the military, faith communities, philanthropy, and nonprofit organizations on historic ground.

You can watch many elements of the Summit—speakers and panels—online by clicking here.

Featured Summit speakers included General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal, Walter Isaacson, Barbara Bush, Chelsea Clinton, David Gergen, EJ Dionne, SE Cupp, Wes Moore, Wendy Kopp, Paul Begala, Cecilia Munoz, Michael Gerson, Melody Barnes, Ray LaHood, Tim Shriver, and more. Please take a moment to check out the official Summit program, which includes the names of more than 70 people who spoke at the Summit.

General McChrystal opened the Summit with military veterans and civilian service alumni on the Gettysburg battlefield by saying, "Our vision is simple: a country where a year of full-time national service is a cultural expectation, common opportunity, and civic rite of passage for every young American. Our goal is straightforward: create one million service year positions by 2023. We're here to think about exactly how to get that done, and to begin the long and hard, but worthwhile process of changing what it means to be an American…This is the unfinished work of our time."
The primary purpose of the Summit was to shift people’s thinking from a belief in the goodness of the “big idea” to a belief in its achievability. During the Summit, a new National Service Alliance—consisting of the Franklin Project, National Conference on Citizenship, ServiceNation, and Voices for National Service—emerged to embrace a common vision and plan of action to meet the goal of one million service year positions annually over the coming decade.
Millions of dollars were also committed in support of national service. These included a $3 million matching challenge grant from Cisco, a $3.1 million investment from Delaware North in the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, $30 million in education scholarships announced by the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the creation of Justice AmeriCorps to engage lawyers and paralegals in service. Jamie Merisotis, CEO of the Lumnia Foundation, said that all learning should count, including a year of national service that translates into course credit. For a full list of incredible announcements made at the Summit, please see our press release.

2014 Summit at Gettysburg Sponsors

Cisco Systems

Lynda & Stewart Resnick

 The Bezos Family

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Laura & Gary Lauder

Leonard Lauder

Bank of America

Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund

Julie and Peter Cummings

Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine

Christy and John Mack

Mike Gridley

The Case Foundation

The Hauptman Family Foundation

Orin McCluskey

The MCJ Amelior Foundation

Sheri Sobrato

State Farm


Jack M. Enoch, Jr.

The Gettysburg Foundation


Media Coverage
Media coverage of the event was significant and included: The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Politico, USA Today, Yahoo! News, CNN, NationSwell and Democracy Journal. Here are a few media highlights:

  • To coincide with the Summit, Democracy Journal released a special national service symposium edition. The journal featured a piece “Securing the American Character” by General McChrystal. A shorter version of the piece also ran in Politico.
  • Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright published an op-ed in USA Today on June 6, “D-Day About National Service.
  • Yahoo! News Chief White House Correspondent Olivier Knox interviewed General McChrystal on the Gettysburg battlefield. Yahoo! News ran this story with video piece discussing national service, the Gettysburg summit and more.  
  • Barbara Bush, CEO & Co-Founder of Global Health Corps, wrote a June 2 column, “Finding the Path of Global Service,” for The Huffington Post.
  • In conjunction with the Summit at Gettysburg, the Huffington Post featured a series of articles and videos about issues related to national service.
    • AmeriCorps Alums: Untapped Potential by Mary Bruce, Executive Director of AmeriCorps Alums
    • The Power of a Service Year by John Bridgeland
    • The Timeless Stories of Service and Sacrifice Continue at Gettysburg by Joanne Hanley, President of the Gettysburg Foundation
    • Ready to Serve: Fostering a New Generation of Engaged Citizens by Janet Riggs, President, Gettysburg College
    • National Service Is at a Crossroads by Ilir Zherka, Executive Director, National Conference on Citizenship 
    • Finding the Path of Global Service by Barbara Bush, CEO and Co-Founder, Global Health Corps
    • How's Your Love Life... With Your Country? By MacKenzie Moritz, Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships, The Franklin Project 
    • The One Thing the Class of 2014 Needs to Hear Before Graduating by Zach Maurin, Executive Director of ServiceNation
  • With all of the big names and announcements, #Serve2014 and #FranklinProject became trending topics in Washington DC on Twitter during the Summit. Check out this social media breakdown including our favorite quotes, pictures, and tweets from Gettysburg here.