Honor the Living Legacy of Frances Hesselbein

Raised toward our $30,000 Goal
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Project ends on December 31, at 11:59 PM EST
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Thank you for a great start!

November 06, 2020



Thank you to all who have joined us in contributing to our mission to develop and inspire current and future leaders. In just one week, over 40 people stepped up to contribute a combined $9,735! This is a true testament to your vision for the future, and we thank you. 


Frances celebrated her 105th birthday on Nov. 1 in the style of our times…on Zoom! More than 150 friends near and far joined in the celebration. Frances is so grateful for your presence, gifts, messages and donations.


There is something about being together virtually that is so powerful. I am doing well, and I am, of course, looking forward to being back in the office. All I can see is a bright future!  - Frances


With 55 days left, we’re at 32% of our goal! We look forward to providing additional updates. Look for some fun “Frances Stories” on social media at #ToServeIsToLive, and please continue to share this Campaign with others to help us reach our goal!


Once again, THANK YOU and cheers to lifelong learning, civic engagement and “To Serve Is To Live!”

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Presidential Medal of Freedom

In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded Frances the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the nation’s highest civilian honor—and recognized her as a “a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity.” A gift at this level celebrates this achievement and honors Frances’ legacy as a champion of diversity and inclusion.


Inspiring Military Leaders

From 2009-2011, Frances held the 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She was the first woman, and the first non-graduate to serve in this Chair. In this position, she inspired hundreds of cadets and seasoned military leaders with her commitment to ethical, values-based leadership.


Happy Birthday Frances!

Donate in honor of Frances’ “milestone” 2020 November 1 birthday! (105! Shhh! Frances believes that “Age is irrelevant, it is what you do with your life that counts.”)


Support a Student

Support one graduate student pursuing a career in international affairs—whether as a diplomat, intelligence and security official, development professional, or in the private sector—in working effectively with leaders from around the world through the Hesselbein Leadership Program in International Affairs, designed and directed by Julia Santucci.


Fund a Workshop

Fund one leadership development workshop led by a featured Hesselbein Executive Coach, who will provide mentoring to GSPIA students and counsel to faculty and staff on programming and research in the Hesselbein Forum.


Leaders Developing Leaders

Celebrate the number of Leader to Leader Journal authors who have contributed to the Hesselbein Forum pool of intellectual capital, which serves as a resource for graduate students and leaders in all three sectors.


Fund a Lecture

Fund one Hesselbein Lecture, featuring proven leaders and thoughtful scholars presenting state-of-the-art ideas on leadership theory and practice, with a focus on public and nonprofit organizations.


Happy Anniversary!

Honor 30 years of leadership inspiration! The Hesselbein Forum began in 1990 (founded as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management) and through the years was renamed to honor the leadership legacy and ongoing contributions of Frances Hesselbein. 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of an organization strengthening leadership and inspiring leaders.

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