Salzburg, Austria | Washington, D.C.

Inspiring Leadership
The Campaign for Salzburg Global Seminar

Salzburg, Austria | Washington, D.C.

Inspiring Leadership
The Campaign for Salzburg Global Seminar

Salzburg, Austria | Washington, D.C.

Inspiring Leadership
The Campaign for Salzburg Global Seminar

Salzburg, Austria | Washington, D.C.

Inspiring Leadership
The Campaign for Salzburg Global Seminar

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This is a defining moment for Salzburg Global Seminar.

Since 1947, we have brought together more than 37,000 Fellows from over 170 countries to inspire new thinking and transformative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. We are building upon this momentum of innovation and partnership to motivate leaders and to help forge the next generation of problem-solvers our world requires. 

This is Inspiring Leadership.

Inspiring Leadership: The Campaign for Salzburg Global Seminar is an $18 million fundraising effort that will propel our organization toward its next 70 years of impact.

Inspiring Leadership: The Campaign for Salzburg Global Seminar is a call to action. 

For those who support our mission, the time to act is now.

The Campaign is an invitation to help take this bold organization to new heights. Together, we will expand our impact and sustain our service for generations to come. 

In today’s turbulent times, the world needs the kind of leadership we inspire – now more than ever. 

About Salzburg Global Seminar

Salzburg Global Seminar has been convening outstanding talent across generations, cultures and sectors to inspire new thinking and action since 1947.

In those seven decades, the world has seen both progress and turmoil. Salzburg Global Seminar has been there through it all: convening leaders from around the world to bridge ideological divides, expand international collaboration, help rebuild post-conflict societies, and transform health care, education and financial systems. 

Our historic home of Schloss Leopoldskron is a place where people from around the world can come together in conditions of trust and openness to share ideas and form plans for a better future. 

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Campaign Priorities


Ensure diverse voices and rising stars, regardless of financial means, can participate in our programs.


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Empower our Fellows to find bold and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing issues through our programs.


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Preserve and enhance our historic home – Schloss Leopoldskron – as a place of openness, trust and inspiration. 


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Campaign Goals

With the goal of raising $18 million, Inspiring Leadership is our largest-ever fundraising campaign. This ambitious effort will enable Salzburg Global Seminar to expand our scholarships, invest in programs that motivate individuals, private sector, and governments to solve complex problems, and secure this organization and our historic home of Schloss Leopoldskron for future generations.



30% Unrestricted
20% Programs
20% Scholarships
30% Restoration
Campaign Goal: $18 million
So far we have commitments of…








Campaign Donors

Salzburg Global Seminar’s supporters share a firm belief in the transformative power of collaboration and the capacity of individuals to better our world through their own imagination and resolve. Explore the profiles of some of our donors below to see why and how they support Salzburg Global Seminar and produce outsized impact.

David Gleason

Son of the “Fourth Founder”

"I inherited a lifelong commitment to the Seminar from my father. From its inception as a safe forum for honest, problem-solving dialogue, the results are immediate – participants go home and get to work."

Adam Taylor

Former Intern

“Salzburg granted me the confidence and experience to set off on a successful path. I have never forgotten. I contribute because I believe in the mission and want to pay it forward for future generations.”

Walter and Shirley Massey

Former Board Director

“Salzburg Global Seminar is a magical place. We are proud to help renovate our facilities to ensure this unique environment is preserved for future generations of leaders.”

Don and Sally O’Neal

Board Directors

“There’s a magic in what happens here: connecting people, inspiring new thinking, and driving meaningful change, all in a gorgeous setting. It is exciting to invest in such a unique and innovative organization.”

Jill Pellew

Former Faculty member

“Since its founding, in 1947, Salzburg Global has been in my bloodstream. My father was at the first gathering and I was, much later, a member of faculty in the Education Program."

The Roberts Family

Family of former Board Director

“Our parents were among Salzburg Global’s most devoted champions. My brothers and I created an endowed scholarship in their name to bring their experience and legacy to the next generation.”

Stephen L. Salyer and Susan Moeller

President & CEO and founders of the Media Academy

“We know firsthand that Salzburg Global encourages big goals and helps Fellows realize them. We want others to have the same opportunity that we did.”

Trevor Traina

United States Ambassador to Austria

“My family has a deep relationship with Austria. ... Preserving such a place steeped in history and Max Reinhardt’s legacy is not just a social obligation: that is a personal concern and need for me."

Victoria Mars

Chairman of Salzburg Global Seminar

“I believe in the power of what Salzburg Global does best: bring people together to talk about the issues, listen to each other and create shared solutions."

Heather and Paul Haaga

Advisors, Salzburg Global American Studies Program

“We determine our support on two criteria: the unique value of the mission, and the organization’s effectiveness at achieving that mission. Salzburg Global has always been a leader in both regards."

Ways To Give

All Salzburg Global Seminar supporters make an important impact on our future. For those who believe in our mission, the time to act is now.

There are many ways to give – from cash and stocks to retirement assets and pledges. Show your support for Inspiring Leadership by making a gift.

Need help in making a gift? Contact or +1 (202) 637-7682.

Updates & Events

We invite you to join the Salzburg Global community by following our latest news and connecting with us in your home city. Stay up-to-date by subscribing to receive our monthly newsletter and following us on social media, and explore our Campaign events calendar to find opportunities to engage with us.