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Jun 18, 2018
by Sarah Sexton
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From Scholarships to Schloss Renovations

Contributions to Inspiring Leadership: The Campaign for Salzburg Global Seminar will support three critical priorities or “pillars,” bolstering our efforts to bridge divides and break through barriers, supercharge innovation, and preserve and invest in key assets. EMBRACE DIVERSITY. Increased scholarship funds will ensure rising stars can participate in our programs, regardless of financial means.

Pillar I: Bridge Divides and Break Barriers

Salzburg Global bridges divides by bringing people together across borders, generations, cultures, sectors and ideological divides. This is how we began in 1947 and how we continue today.

We believe that creativity thrives on diversity and innovation blooms at intersections. By convening individuals with rich experience and diverse perspectives, we challenge our Fellows to consider new possibilities.

Through the Campaign, we will increase scholarships to ensure rising stars from emerging countries and underrepresented communities participate in our programs, regardless of financial means.

Board Member Robert H. Mundheim, for example, has donated an endowed fund to disperse annual scholarships for Fellows representing “the missing voices of society.” Thus far, the Mundheim Family Scholarship has supported the participation of one Fellow pioneering social security projects for people with disabilities in India and another promoting patientled health care in Chile.

Pillar II: Supercharge Innovation

Salzburg Global programs have long inspired our Fellows to initiate new projects upon their return home. We are now integrating such post-Salzburg activity into our program design.

Working with carefully selected partners, we embed in every program the opportunity to design and discuss downstream solutions. Backed by micro-grants, collaboration among Fellows and partner institutions will produce initiatives ranging from grassroots projects to high-level policy proposals. Whether in redefining health care delivery, reimagining education for tomorrow’s world or revitalizing public sector leadership, multi-year Salzburg Global partnerships will plot a robust course of action.

Funding from the Campaign will support program research and development, seed pilot projects and finance institutional collaborations.

Pillar III: Preserve and Invest in Key Assets

Schloss Leopoldskron animates everything we do. Its history, beauty and spirit inspires an experience nigh impossible to replicate. Generations have commented on the “magic” of the Schloss.

In 2014, the Schloss itself was transformed to become Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, a premier 21st-century hotel. Thanks to the generosity of our Board members and friends, 55 guest rooms were renovated in 2014 and 12 Schloss suites in 2018. The Hotel’s revenue supports both stewardship of this Austrian national monument and the nonprofit mission of Salzburg Global Seminar.

The Campaign will conserve historic Schloss Leopoldskron and ensure that state-of-the-art technology links what happens there to audiences worldwide.

Campaign funds will also overhaul lecture and seminar rooms and preserve the Schloss Park, which provides a beloved venue for summer weddings, theater and concerts.

A Family Legacy

To those who knew him, it came as no surprise when Walter Roberts received the Salzburg Cup, the highest honor Salzburg Global Seminar bestows for service to the institution, in 2010.

For 64 years, Roberts was among Salzburg Global’s most devoted champions, serving as a faculty member, Board Member and Senior Fellow. He was joined by his wife, Gisela, and son, William and daughterin-law, Patricia, at numerous programs at Schloss Leopoldskron.

Two years after his death in 2014, his three sons — William, Charles, and Lawrence — saw an opportunity to honor their father’s legacy. As an early Campaign gift, the Roberts family funded the renovation of the Walter and Gisela Roberts Suite in the Schloss.

The family also created a scholarship endowment in their parents’ names to help bring rising stars to Salzburg for generations to come. They invite the Salzburg Global community to join them in expanding the Walter and Gisela Roberts Endowment Fund.