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
Lynda & Stewart Resnick
The Bezos Family
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Laura & Gary Lauder
Bank of America
Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
Julie and Peter Cummings
Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine
Christy and John Mack
The Case Foundation
The Hauptman Family Foundation
The MCJ Amelior Foundation
Jack M. Enoch, Jr.
The Gettysburg Foundation
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: