CPL launched the Gleitsman Program in Leadership for Social Change (GPLSC) in 2007 with a $20 million endowed gift from the estate of Alan L. Gleitsman. It was Mr. Gleitsman's hope that if the world knew of the accomplishments of social activists, others would be inspired by their stories and would fight to correct some of the other problems facing the world, thereby improving the quality of life for all of us.
The gift, CPL's first substantial endowment, has begun to fund the GPLSC’s three principal components:
- The Gleitsman Leadership Fellows Program to provide significant financial support and a robust cocurricular experience to promising students interested in social change
- A set of programmatic initiatives, including visiting practitioners and curriculum development, to better prepare students as leaders for social change, whether through activism, social enterprise, or other strategies for change; and
- The Gleitsman Citizen Activist and International Activist Awards, each of which carries a $125,000 cash prize and enables students and the greater Harvard community to learn from the presence of a great change agent when she or he visits campus.