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We believe in a world where outside charities will no longer be needed.

Because children who survived injustice will be adults of influence preventing millions of others from suffering what they did.

OUR MISSION

Equipping children to become men and women who break cycles of injustice.

OUR VISION

We believe in a world where outside charities are no longer needed because children who survived injustice themselves are leading the fights for justice that prevent millions of other children from suffering what they did.

WHAT WE DO

We believe that lasting change comes from within. We believe that children born into poverty are not a problem to be solved, but a solution waiting to be unleashed. So we rescue children from injustice and equip them to be adults of influence.

HOW WE DO IT

We partner with high-impact local leaders and organizations to rescue and equip children to become changemakers in their communities and beyond. We walk with children through six stages of the arc from injustice to influence.

OUR MISSION

Equipping children to become men and women who break cycles of injustice

OUR VISION

We believe in a world where outside charities are no longer needed. Because children who survived injustice themselves are leading the fights for justice that prevent millions of other children suffering what they did.

WHAT WE DO

We believe that lasting change comes from within. We believe that children born into poverty are not a problem to be solved but a solution waiting to be unleashed. So we rescue children from injustice and equip them to be adults of influence.

HOW WE DO IT

We partner with high impact local leaders and organisations to rescue and equip children to become changemakers in their communities and beyond. We walk with children through six stages of the arc from injustice to influence.

OUR MISSION

Equipping children to become men and women who break cycles of injustice

OUR VISION

We believe in a world where outside charities are no longer needed. Because children who survived injustice themselves are leading the fights for justice that prevent millions of other children suffering what they did.

WHAT WE DO

We believe that lasting change comes from within. We believe that children born into poverty are not a problem to be solved but a solution waiting to be unleashed. So we rescue children from injustice and equip them to be adults of influence.

HOW WE DO IT

We partner with high impact local leaders and organisations to rescue and equip children to become changemakers in their communities and beyond. We walk with children through six stages of the arc from injustice to influence.

OUR STORY

OUR STORY

We exist because of a six year old girl in Kenya, and a story in America

We exist because of a six year old girl in Kenya, and a story in America

FINANCIALS

MEET OUR TEAM - SENIOR STAFF

Sarah Brown

Special Projects Manager

Sarah was first introduced to Many Hopes in 2008, became a volunteer, and joined as a staff member in 2015.  Having worn a few different hats for the organization, she now produces events and manages special projects for Many Hopes.  She strongly believes that is no greater work than fighting for children, and is grateful for the opportunity to do so.  When she isn’t working for Many Hopes, she produces events in Austin, TX. She also spends a great deal of time chasing after her young and carefree boys.

Cecily Allison

Development Director

Cecily has over ten years of experience in development and fundraising, working for top educational institutions in both the US and UK. She started her career with a passion in providing underprivileged children access to private school education, however, after meeting Thomas at an event in London and learning about the work of Many Hopes, she realized the importance of applying her background and experiences towards a greater global cause.

THOMAS KEOWN

Founder & CEO

Thomas founded Many Hopes after visiting East Africa for the first time in 2007 and thinking “If my friends back home could see what I’ve just seen they would want to help. So I’m going to show them.”

Born in Northern Ireland during “The Troubles,” he was educated at Queens University, Belfast, worked for one of the two Nobel prize-winning signatories of the Belfast Peace Agreement, and is a former columnist. His career has spanned the media, politics and for-purpose missions in the UK, USA, Africa and Latin America. His belief that seemingly intractable problems can be solved by bringing the right influences to bear on them stems from his Christian faith. He travels extensively speaking on issues of justice and has a very patient wife.  

Colin Hunter

Director of Strategy

Colin is an experienced brand strategist and serial entrepreneur.  He spent the first six years of his career at Bain and Company, consulting for Fortune 100 companies around the world.  He then went on to found and scale a number of companies across fashion, tech and consumer goods.  Colin was first introduced to Many Hopes 8 years ago and was moved by stories of redemption and the children’s desire to fight injustice and oppression. 

MEET OUR BOARD

  • In the USA we are a 501(c) 3. In the UK we’re a registered charity. 
  • We have governing boards in both the USA and the UK and fundraising boards in NY and London.

MEET OUR PARTNER LEADERS

BOLIVIA

Leader: Claudia Gonzales

Passion: Reversing the conditions of social, emotional, spiritual, and economic poverty of boys, girls, and families in high-risk situations.

“It is a life decision and a call from God.”

by stories of redemption and the children’s desire to fight injustice and oppression.

PERU

Leader: Maria Resurrección

Passion: Changing society by changing the lives of girls who have survived sexual abuse.

“Education of women and girls will change the minds of men because, right now, they don’t know anything else. Providing education will create culture away from violence and poverty. It will be a chain reaction i.e. they impact a small number and will teach that to the next and the next and they will grow up with that mind.”

GUATEMALA

Leader: Guadalupe Pos

Passion: Providing education, shelter, and healthcare to vulnerable children.

“I grew up as a farm worker. I had orphaned parents who suffered slavery. When I see children working in the streets, I feel the urge to make change. Kids who come through our programs will be leaders here. They will be active in society. They will be the ones who activate a chain reaction. We can break the mentality of ´things can’t be better.´ They can be better.”

KENYA

Leader: Alice Kinyua

Passion: Preserving justice for all children, youth, and those that have suffered violence and injustice regardless of age or gender.

“I want to give children an opportunity to raise above the suffering they have experienced and be in a position to influence and transform the environments that have made them suffer. When we raise up different leaders we won’t need to do what we’re doing.”

MALAWI

Leader: Anne Alaniz

Passion: If I had unlimited funds, I would get every kid as far in education as I could.

“Injustice to influence is my story. I grew up as a village kid. Now I am a surgeon. I grew up seeing only white people ‘saving us.’ I’ve been told to stop talking and listen to a white person. Yet I’ve seen kids here with so much creativity and invention to solve all sorts of problems but no opportunity to use it. People come and want to give them t-shirts but I say give them a scholarship fund!”

GHANA

Leader: James Kofi Annan

Passion: To reduce and prevent child trafficking, reduce child slavery, and promote children’s rights. Equipping the survivors of trafficking to become the solution.

“I was trafficked at the age of six. If you and I would commit to it and determine that we would end child slavery here, it is doable in the next 10 years.”

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GOVERNING BOARD

MAXINE FRIEDMAN – BOARD CHAIR

Senior Vice President Growth, Bionic Solution

A Silicon Valley native, Maxine Gisinger Friedman has over 20 years of leadership experience in strategic consulting, executive coaching, business development, and marketing at consulting, agency, startup, and Fortune 500 companies. Maxine is Principal and Founder of Maxine Ventures and plays an independent C-level growth and transformation partner role working with Chief Innovation, Strategy and R&D Officers of some of the world’s leading brands.

A sought-after thought leader on building growth capability strategies and systems at the enterprise level, Maxine also advises multiple startups and is an active angel investor. Prior, Maxine was on the co-founding leadership team of Bionic, an army of entrepreneurs that installs a Growth Operating System that creates a permanent, always-on capability for organic and inorganic growth. As SVP at Bionic, she built and led the Partner and Services team as well as led enterprise partnerships for brands including P&G, Nike, Anheuser-Busch and TD Ameritrade.

A seasoned entrepreneur, Maxine helped build multiple startups (Contently, Syncapse, Clickable, Brandimensions) and always played an early cofounding leadership team role. Maxine earned dual MBAs from Columbia University and London Business School and B.S. in Journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Maxine and her family are currently based in the Hamptons after 20 years in NYC.

BECKY WELDAY – BOARD TREASURER

Becky grew up in Texas and graduated from Baylor University with degrees in Economics and Finance in 1990. A former credit analyst and commercial lender at Bank of America, Becky stopped working in order to stay home with children, Richard and Layne. She met her husband, Rick, at Baylor and got married shortly after graduation. The Weldays have lived all over the world including periods in Switzerland, Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Saint Louis, and all over Texas.

Her extra time is spent volunteering with churches and other organizations and she enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

SUE VERITY – BOARD CLERK

Liberty Mutual, Director of Financial Analysis

Sue joined the board as clerk after volunteering with the Boston Many Hopes chapter for several years. She studied Business Administration at the University of Vermont and has an MBA from Boston College. She works as a Director of Financial Analysis at Liberty Mutual in Boston. Sue visited Many Hopes in Kenya and was thrilled to meet the girls and see the impact in person.

PATRICK MURPHY

President, John Hancock Financial Services

CEO, New York Life Retirement Plan Services

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Patrick has spent the past 25 years in the financial services industry helping companies and their employees achieve financial security. He is currently the President of John Hancock Retirement Plan Services. Pat has also spent significant personal time as a coach and mentor, helping young people realize their potential on and off the athletic fields.

He became a believer in the Many Hopes mission after meeting Thomas for lunch in 2012. He was a private donor and helped with fundraising before joining the board.

DANIEL GRANT

Global Staffing Lead, Google Search and Assistant

Daniel joined Google in 2015, after a career in recruiting across the non-profit and education industries. At Google, Daniel initially managed five teams of recruiters, primarily supporting Software Engineering hiring in the Bay Area. Daniel then spent a year leading Google Cloud’s Americas Sales recruiting teams in a hyper growth market. For the past two years, Daniel has been the Global Staffing Lead role for Google Search and Assistant, leading all staffing efforts for all global hiring of these technical businesses.

Before Google, Daniel was the Vice President of National Alliances at Teach For America, based in new York City. With his experience serving under-privileged children in South Africa and Namibia, Daniel launched our Many Hopes New York Chapter and served as Regional Director for our first year in NYC. Daniel first visited Mudzini Kwetu in 2009 and fell in love with our vision for long term, transformative change through the lives of the girls he met there.

NELSON MILLS

Columbia Property Trust, President

Nelson has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate investment and financial services industries. He is responsible for overall strategy, operations, and financial performance of Columbia Property Trust, a $6 billion public real estate owner/operator. He also serves as a director on the Columbia Board. Prior to joining Columbia in 2010, he served for five years as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Williams Realty Advisors, LLC, managing and advising a series of real estate investment funds.

Previous roles included CFO of Lend Lease Real Estate Investments and Partner at KPMG LLP. He received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and an M.B.A. from the University of Georgia. Nelson and his wife, Judy, live adjacent to Madison Square Park in New York City.

JOSEPH ZITO

(X)form Coaching and Consulting, Founder

Joseph is an Elite-Performance Strategist dedicated to transforming professional lives of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity into realities of clarity, control, calm, and continuous improvement. He previously spent 20 years in the corporate realm, serving as an operating executive in both early-stage startups (including two successful exits) and large global enterprises.

He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his amazing wife and their two incredible children.

JOSEPH MCKNIGHT

Blackstone Credit, Managing Director

Joseph McKnight focuses on mezzanine lending and private equity investments in the energy and power sectors.

Before joining Blackstone Credit, Mr. McKnight served as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, where he focused on private equity and proprietary direct investments in power generation and renewable energy within the firm’s J. Aron commodity division. He previously worked as an Associate in the Natural Resources private-equity vertical at Apollo Management.

Mr. McKnight received a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with academic honors

UK GOVERNING TRUSTEES

David Scott

Alice Scott

NEW YORK BOARD

Haley Wright

Morrison & Foerster, Head of Strategic Communications and Content Marketing

Haley currently works in marketing and communications for the legal industry. She enjoys helping organizations craft the stories that show the world who they are. Outside of work, you can find her working to raise awareness of the ways that we can all get involved in caring for orphans and children in foster care. Haley is passionate about helping vulnerable children feel that they are wanted and belong.

MATT BECK

Beck Investment Group, CEO

Born and raised in Arizona and having lived on both coasts, Matt Beck has spent the last 20 years investing and rehabilitating commercial real estate. In addition to his passion for revitalizing distressed properties, he’s also devoted to giving his time and resources to various charities in Haiti, Brazil, South Africa, and Mexico. With a fortuitous introduction to the founder, team, and mission of Many Hopes, Matt was immediately dedicated to aide in their cause.

Scott Springfield

Citigroup, Vice President

Scott comes to New York by way of Atlanta, Georgia, where he studied engineering at The Georgia Institute of Technology and subsequently received an MBA from Emory University. Scott spent his early career in consulting for hospitals and clinics around the U.S., which led him to build and lead a volunteer-based nonprofit organization focused on raising money and awareness for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

After moving to New York in 2013 to pursue a career in finance, Scott was introduced to Many Hopes and its mission to rescue, educate, and advocate for vulnerable children. Having lived abroad in India and witnessed first hand the plight of orphaned children on the streets of New Delhi, and the cycle of poverty, crime, and abuse in which they become trapped, he was immediately drawn to the importance of the Many Hopes mission and the impact it could create.

Bo Han (Co-Chair)

Buzzer, Founder and CEO

Before launching Buzzer in 2020, Bo spent 5 years with Microsoft in Global Content before 9 years with Twitter, most recently as the Director of Live Content. He is married to Emily and they live in New York City with their dog. They have visited Many Hopes first partnership in Kenya several times and Bo has run marathons for Many Hopes on multiple continents. A keen sports fan, the top three descriptors of Bo are Follower of Christ, immigrant, entrepreneur.

Vanessa Leong (Co-chair)

Deloitte, Senior Consultant

Vanessa has been part of Many Hopes since the very beginning and led our first online fundraising campaign in 2009. She was among the first group to visit our first partnership in Kenya several times and has been a volunteer leader in our Boston and New York chapters. Vanessa lived in Europe and Africa, where she spent 2 years in Lesotho working on HIV/AIDS service delivery for children before returning to the USA for a period in DC before moving to New York where she now lives. She is active in Church of the City and is a Chicago Bears fanatic.

Cat Dewey

Nitin Gambhir

Tethys Technology, Founder

Nitin and is an expert in market microstructure and execution research. His work and vision has allowed Tethys to successfully expand our product offering globally and across multiple asset classes. Mr. Gambhir has a BS from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India and an MBA in Business and an MS in Engineering from Yale University. Mr. Gambhir started his career as an Associate at JP Morgan where he spent 5 years, before joining Bear Stearns where he initially held the position of Vice President before being promoted to the position of Managing Director. Thereafter, Mr. Gambhir founded Tethys Capital, LLC in 1998 a hedge fund firm that managed capital for institutional investors, and a second hedge fund, Altus Asset Management, LLC in 2000.

Quyen Tran

Christina Ware

Chrissy grew up in Western PA and moved to NYC after college to work in the fashion industry. After meeting Thomas through mutual friends and hearing his story, she became committed to Many Hopes and started fundraising and using her connections to help forward its mission. She has visited Kenya twice and looks forward to going back regularly in the future.

GIVE IN STOCK

We’re able to accept donations in the form of stock, government (including municipal) debt and corporate debt. This can be arranged from most brokerage accounts.

Please contact donations@manyhopes.org for more information on making a stock donation

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