Summary of Partners
Madrid, Spain ~ March 28-30, 2012

The Embassy of the United States in Madrid

The Embassy of the United States in Madrid represents the government of the United States to Spain. The work of the U.S. Embassy in Madrid is based on four pillars:

Partnership Strengthen the partnership between the GOS and the USG around a global agenda based on shared interests and common values.

Public Diplomacy Use public diplomacy to build support for America’s global agenda and to project American values.

Practice of Economic Statecraft Help U.S. companies compete in Spain. Encourage Spanish companies to invest in the U.S. Increase American exports.

Protection of American Citizens protect the safety and security of American citizens in Spain and at home.


Global Service Leaders Initiative
Meridian International Center

The Global Service Leaders Initiative (GSLI) motivates and connects emerging leaders from around the world to address community challenges through volunteerism. By connecting these aspiring leaders to a global community of peers and mentors, GSLI is Changing Their World to Change Ours!

GSLI engages individual leaders on the Meridian’s Meridian’s Global Service Leaders Network, connecting them to an on-line community of interest now located in over 100 countries. Members have access to learn new skills from volunteer experts in the field and explore collaboration on international volunteerism awareness campaigns. GSLI tests traditional models of volunteerism, providing an opportunity and incentive to redefine what volunteerism looks like. Among other innovations, GSLI encourages leaders to recruit new communities of volunteers, including at-risk youth, people living with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, indigenous and other populations – bringing the beneficiary into the solution. And GSLI informs a growing dialogue on international volunteerism. An analysis of GSLI efforts in the field, as well as stories of service from member countries, provides an in-depth look at the impact of volunteerism around the world. www.meridian.org/gsli

The Rafael del Pino Foundation

The principles that inspire the Rafael del Pino Foundation are freedom, innovative spirit, rigour, defence of the general interest, transparency and vocation of service.

The Rafael del Pino Foundation has set as its objectives: to train current and future leaders so they can successfully put their initiatives and capabilities into practice; to foster personal initiative, the principles of the free market and freedom of enterprise; to contribute to improving people's health and living conditions; and to promote and preserve the cultural and historical heritage of Spain. To achieve these objectives, the Rafael del Pino Foundation envisages the development, protection and support of educational, cultural, social and cooperation-oriented initiatives as well as those for the furtherance of the economy and scientific research, by organising lectures, courses and seminars, offering scholarships and awards, funding research projects and other information-dissemination activities, including in particular its collection of publications.

The Foundation believes that the creation of wealth and the dynamism of a country are largely dependent upon the competitiveness of its business enterprises, and that this, in turn, depends mainly on the education of its citizens and the training and capabilities of its leaders.

Advisory Partners

Plataforma del Voluntariado de España:
The Plataforma del Voluntariado de España is a non-governmental organization that coordinates the promotion and diffusion of volunteerism at the state level. Founded in 1986, it is currently made up of 78 regional and local organizations, as well as organizations at the provincial and autonomous community levels, that represent some 900,000 volunteers from across the state.

Points of Light Institute: Points of Light Institute is a leading volunteer organization with more than 20 years of history and a bipartisan presidential legacy. Points of Light Institute provides access to tools, resources and opportunities to help volunteers use their time, talent, voice and money to meet the critical needs of their communities.

Fundación SERES: Fundación SERES was established in 2009 as a platform of social action knowledge to serve as a reference for businesses and other stakeholders committed to improving society. The mission of Fundación SERES is to foster and promote strategic business actions that contribute to the improvement of social reality.

European Volunteer Measurement Project (EVMP): Launched during the European Year of Volunteering 2011, the European Volunteer Measurement Project is a collaboration between the European Volunteer Centre (CEV), Centro di Servizio per il Voluntario del Lazio (SPES), and the authors of the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work, the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies (CCSS). The aim of this project is to disseminate this Manual and promote its implementation throughout Europe to provide better information and to help ensure effective management of volunteering and the development of a supportive policy environment.

Ayuntamiento de Madrid: Supports the creation of social networks that realize solidarity action projects. Facilitates the collaboration and participation of associations, businesses and neighbourhoods, as part of corporate volunteering and corporate social responsibility, and finally gives visibility to this reality that is every day more present in our society.