Global Institute on the Spirit of Philanthropy
How We Can Transform the World Into a Much Better Place
Through the Spirit and Power of Philanthropy
Origins and Leadership
The Global Institute on the Spirit of Philanthropy (GISP) was originally envisioned and championed by Martin M. Ahumada during his 1990-1994 service as a full-time faculty member with Harvard University's new graduate-level Program in Higher Education Leadership, as a guest faculty member with Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, as a lead instructor in several of Harvard's professional development programs, including its renowned Institute for Educational Management, and as Harvard University's instructor on higher education finance and assessment at premier international leadership training institutes in Mexico, Venezuela, and other countries. During this defining stage in his career, Martin Ahumada was first inspired and enabled to work in the fascinating world of philanthropy by his Harvard colleague and close friend, the late Paul Ylvisaker—who is one of the founding fathers of modern philanthropy. Martin Ahumada was also drawn into the world of philanthropy by chairing some groundbreaking Harvard doctoral dissertations focused on the international impact of philanthropy, as well as his efforts to advance the creation of university and other foundations—and to promote the culture and practice of charitable giving—in different countries.