Happy 40th Birthday Legacy International

Do you want to wish us a Happy Birthday? Send us a video with your birthday wishes and we will post them on our YouTube page and show them during the 40th Anniversary Celebration later this year.

This year we celebrate over 40 years of Legacy International. 

Founded in 1979, as the Institute for Practical Idealism and later known as Legacy International, our work is inspired by our Founder and President,  J.E. Rash’s vision.  Helping people develop and refine the skills to effectively and sustainably address the needs of their societies in a way conducive to their local circumstances requires an emphasis on building long-lasting relationships around shared universal values.

Our work has spanned 105 countries and impacted over 700,000 people.


We have created this 40th Anniversary hashtag to share all our 40th anniversary work. It plays on our name, while looking forward versus backwards in time. What Legacy do you want to create? Follow the hashtag on social media and use it to tag your posts related to Legacy International and our anniversary. 

SERVE: Get Involved

In honor of our 40th anniversary we are asking our alumni and friends to GET INVOLVED in your communities. A peaceful world becomes increasingly possible when citizens are engaged in their communities, diversity and creativity are fostered, and individuals have secure hope for the future.

We are encouraging alumni to organize service projects anytime throughout the year and share your stories. We also wanted to encourage people to organize around internationally recognized days so we can combine our efforts and feel a connection between our communities around the world. Suggested days include: Global Youth Service Day (April 12-14, 2019); International Day of Youth (August 12, 2019); World Hunger Day (October 16, 2019). 

DISCUSS: Global Viewpoints Forum Events

For decades, Legacy’s President and Founder, J.E. Rash, has gathered experts, policy makers and religious leaders to discuss current critical issues in Washington, DC. Beginning in 1985, Legacy International started a series of presentations and discussions on interfaith understanding, regional conflicts, and environmentally sustainable development known as the Global Viewpoints Forum.

Presentations included such figures as:

  • the Right Reverend Samir Kafity, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem;
  • Shaykh Ahmed Kuftaro, Grand Mufti of Syria;
  • the Honorable Ran Cohen, member of the Israeli Knesset;
  • David Shipler, Pulitzer prize-winning author; and
  • Statesman Thomas Pickering.

Now we look ahead beyond Legacy’s 40 year history, at where the world is today and where humanity’s potential lies. Legacy’s Global Viewpoint Forums continue in the tradition of adding value to public discourse, to foster understanding, tolerance and creative solutions to issues being faced not only today, but by our children and our children’s children.

Please join us as we continue this long history of deeply engaging with critical issues.

Upcoming Events

  • April 18, 2019 – 11:00AM EDT – Topic – Global Health – Virtual Forum 

Read about our event last summer! 


CELEBRATE: 40th Anniversary Celebration

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