November 9, 2022
Sargent Shriver urged us to “Serve, serve, serve! For in the end, it will be the servants that save us all.” It is fitting that today – Shriver’s birthday – I continue my service to the Peace Corps community in my new role as the lead fundraiser for the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation (PCCF). I am grateful for the warm welcome extended by Tony Barclay and the PCCF Board of Directors as we embark on an $8 million capital campaign to underwrite the design and construction of a commemorative work on the National Mall that honors the creation of the Peace Corps in 1961 and those aspects of the American character exemplified by Peace Corps service. Peace Corps Park will forever be a place in which to gather and reflect; to be inspired by the Commemorative’s meanings and messages; and to share in programmed activities embodying the Third Goal of the Peace Corps.
When the Peace Corps Foundation was originally established in 2002 by the NPCA Board of Directors, it was envisioned as a fundraising vehicle to support the Peace Corps community. Since that time, it has operated independently from NPCA, focusing exclusively on the Commemorative project, and in recent years it has coordinated its work with other participants in the Campaign for Peace Corps Ideals. I am especially honored to be working with the former members of Congress, former Peace Corps directors and other distinguished leaders who serve on the PCCF Board of Directors, all of whom are volunteers. Working full-time for the PCCF, I will be able to augment their efforts with generous support from many friends who have stood by me during the past very difficult months.
It’s exciting to know that my talent, relationships, and commitment to the Peace Corps community will be put to good use in bringing this flagship initiative to fruition. I played an active role at NPCA in advocacy efforts to pass the Peace Corps Commemorative legislation in 2014 and for its reauthorization in 2020. We are building a foundation for the future that will serve the Peace Corps community’s philanthropic commitments in support of the Commemorative and other initiatives led by Peace Corps community members. Serving with the Peace Corps Foundation will surely be the capstone of my Peace Corps career, which began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala in 1988.
With gratitude for your support and the privilege to serve you,
Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation
3601 Connecticut Avenue, NW #504
Washington, DC 20008
Attn: Bonnie Gottlieb