Timeline of the Marshall Plan, GMF, and Key Moments in the Transatlantic Relationship

June 03, 2022
The German Marshall Fund
This year we celebrate the 75th anniversary of a bold American idea—a European Recovery Program—that was announced by US Secretary of State George C. Marshall on June 5, 1947.

What became known as the Marshall Plan provided humanitarian and economic assistance to millions, strengthening fragile democracies and increasing economic prosperity. The German Marshall Fund of the United States honors this history and seeks to uphold this great and noble adventure every day.

When the Marshall Plan celebrates its anniversary, so do we. Fifty years ago, in 1972, GMF was created with a gift from the German government to thank the American people for the Marshall Plan. At GMF, we apply the lessons of history while embracing the potential of the future, building transatlantic connections, developing new leaders, advocating for democratic values, and positioning the transatlantic relationship for future success.