We work with local partners to rescue children from situations of abuse, abandonment, and slavery. In some cases, this involves referrals from trusted friends in local police or government or neighboring NGOs. In other cases, it is a direct and often dangerous rescue after months of research and planning.
We help provide transformative care for the whole child (physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual). Our partner teams include medical professionals, therapists, counselors, and social workers. Children receive physical and mental health assessments and careful monitoring as they heal from trauma and grow in confidence. In some cases, children stay with us for several years. In other cases, they are able to be re-integrated into supportive families after a few months.
We believe that education changes everything. We believe all children should have access to excellent schooling with pedagogy that equips them to solve problems, not merely memorize information, so we provide that. In some locations we build schools, in some we expand and enhance schools, in others we provide scholarships to existing schools. But everywhere we provide rescued children with a path to confidence and college or vocation that can transform their lives.
By providing access to local and global networks of influence, we give children a vision for what’s possible with their education. Exposure to professionals in all sorts of careers broadens horizons and elevates ambition. Meeting examples of men and women doing justice for others focuses motivation. The Many Hopes community around the world donates their influence to advise and guide and open doors.
Then, in turn, the children inspire others around them with their testimonies: “If I can then so can you.”
You have influence when you know who to call and what to ask for and can expect your request to be acted upon. Children born into poverty often don’t know what their rights are, so they don’t know when those rights have been abused or what to do about it when they find out.
We change this through education on government, court systems, and policing, and with curriculum on:
Children go on to join or create anti-child trafficking clubs in schools, or to prevent abuses by sharing their knowledge in their villages so abusers can no longer act with impunity.
You and I benefit from the networks we or our families are part of: maybe to get our first job, or internship, or start-up capital, or college place, or something else.) “The key actor in human history is not individual genius but is the power of the network.” (James Davison Hunter)
The Many Hopes global community provides that network of expertise and influence and capital to the children we serve, opening the doors for them that someone opened for us.
We invite you to join this family.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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