11 Facts About Gamaliel Foundation


Gamaliel Foundation provides training and consultation and develops national strategy for its affiliated congregation-based community organizations.

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Gamaliel Foundation was founded in Chicago in 1968 to assist the Contract Buyers League, which worked to assist African-American home buyers in the city's West Side.

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Gamaliel Foundation was reoriented to focus on community organizing when Gregory Galluzzo was hired as executive director in 1986.

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The name "Gamaliel Foundation" refers to the Biblical wise man who was a teacher to St Paul, whom Saul Alinsky considered to be the first great congregation-based organizer.

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Gamaliel Foundation has developed along a similar path under the direction of Galluzzo, a former Roman Catholic priest who got his introduction to community organizing in the early 1970s in Chicago, where he worked with the Pilsen Neighborhood Community Council, mentored by such organizers as Tom Gaudette and John Baumann.

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Gamaliel Foundation operates with a small staff, supplemented by interns and consultants.

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Gamaliel Foundation has five regional directors covering the Eastern, Mideastern, Midwestern, Southern, and Western United States.

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Gamaliel Foundation has refocused its efforts from neighborhood organizations to coalitions that can influence wider metropolitan areas and regions.

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Gamaliel Foundation has begun to formulate strategies for impacting national policy on such issues as comprehensive immigration reform, health care for all, jobs and full employment, affordable housing, and equal access public transportation systems.

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Gamaliel Foundation conducts one-week national leadership trainings three times a year in the United States and once a year in South Africa.

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Gamaliel Foundation conducts numerous half-day, full-day, and weekend trainings for local communities.

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