Story & Mission
WHEN TRAGEDY MEETS PASSION
September 11, 2001 was the major catalyst in GPBF Founder, Tom Etzel’s, commitment to peacebuilding. Tom experienced a calling to channel his grieving energies in a positive way during the aftermath of the tragedy he and his family experienced. His 25-year-old niece, Katie McCloskey was on the 97th floor of the World Trade Center when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower. Tom’s high school friend, Ken Waldie, was aboard that jetliner.
Upon completing his Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, in July of 2010, Tom successfully established GPBF. Bearing special significance, the effective date of incorporation for GPBF was September 11, 2010.
GPBF operates under the premise that changing attitudes, perceptions and relationships are essential to peacebuilding, and doing this at the grassroots level will contribute to sustainable peace.
GPBF’s mission is to contribute to the building of global peace by supporting organizations and projects that restore, rebuild, and transform relationships that have been broken due to prejudices, stereotyping, hatreds, and fears that may have accumulated over generations.
We hope you join us.