A new philanthropy to strengthen our world communities.

Our work allows us to invest in people, projects and non-profit organizations that make our communities stronger for the long-term. The Gadsden Initiative will bring together an innovative and engaged group, including GenX’ers and Millennials, to build relationships within the community through a series of learning sessions, community activities and networking opportunities based on the Global Goals. Inspired by Burges Gadsden, whose vision led to the creation of the Victoria Foundation in 1936, Gadsden Initiative engages a new generation of global citizens looking to make a lasting difference in their community through engagement, vision, and philanthropy.

How it Works

Actively participate in four course sessions.

Create a Permanent Endowment Fund to establish your legacy.

Support the community through grant-making.

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Join us in shaping a new philanthropy to strengthen our community and world.


These 17 Global Goals are ambitious and require a new way of thinking.

Gadsden Initiative is committed to linking our work with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, an urgent call for action to build a better world for all people and our planet by 2030. These 17 Global Goals are ambitious and require a new way of thinking; a refined form of philanthropy. It will require action from all generations to make these goals a reality.

Meet Gadsden Initiative Alumni

Watch the videos below to meet and hear from Gadsden Initiative alumni. They share their thoughts on what philanthropy means to them, how their philanthropic journey started, and their experiences with the Gadsden Initiative.



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Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.