Global Hope Coalition Mission
Mosul. Mumbai. Boston. Paris. San Bernardino. Brussels. Barcelona.
Violent extremism is one of the gravest dangers of our time—threatening to unravel the fabric of our societies, irreparably destroy invaluable cultural icons and jeopardize the future of intercultural relations.
But around the globe, a new force is rising: men and women who are taking great risks to oppose these extremists–wherever they spread lies, bigotry and hatred.
In the fight against violent extremists, it’s not the armed forces that ultimately will bring a better, safer future. Reason will prevail when the extremists are totally discredited in their communities–when they are incapable of recruiting militants en masse and advancing their goal of destruction. This is a battle to win the hearts and minds of those at risk of violent extremism’s influence.
The Global Hope Coalition, a network of three not-for-profit foundations based in New York, Zurich and Hong Kong, is establishing a global platform to empower courageous individuals who stand up to terror and violence, preserve our cultural heritage and build bridges across cultures.
These extraordinary people take great risks everyday to accomplish their mission. They are Everyday Heroes.
Genesis of the Foundation
More than 450 government and business leaders, cultural icons, philanthropists, and human rights activists gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on September 22, 2016, to honor eight exceptional individuals from around the world whose courage and sacrifice in the face of extremism and intolerance have positively affected humanity.
The event demonstrated the need for an organization to serve as a global platform and convener of influencers who understand and will act on the urgent need to recognize, financially support, and amplify the actions of the Everyday Heroes who stand up to violent extremism and intolerance every day.
In addition, the event honored global leaders who are working to preserve cultural heritage and promote intercultural dialogue, efforts closely associated with the fight against violent extremism.
The gala dinner laid the groundwork for the creation of a New York-based non-profit foundation with a unique purpose and the potential to galvanize support among leaders in education, the arts, government, philanthropy, and other arenas—the Global Hope Coalition.