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About GIFT CONNECT

Our Mission

GIFT CONNECT is a grassroots advocacy organization focused on bridging the Early Childhood Education gap by raising awareness, driving public support and increasing stakeholder involvement to support humanity from infant to infinite potential. 

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Our Vision

Raise one billion people out of poverty globally by 2030

Educate one billion people on the 30 million word goal and how to reach it

Shift an additional $1 billion dollars in government funding to Early Childhood Development

Create replicable and scalable community level parent, caregiver and educator program blueprints

Founder Sam Beard

As a visionary and long-term thinker, Sam Beard has spent six decades transforming ideas into far-reaching impact. Sam created and implemented public service programs for eight American Presidents from Nixon to Obama, including six initiatives that each impacted more than 50 million lives.

After completing his education at Yale and Columbia, Sam focused on social justice and the elimination of poverty, working alongside Robert Kennedy in Brooklyn, NY in the mid-1960’s. His most noteworthy accomplishment includes the creation of more than ten million jobs in low-income communities. Sam also launched the Jefferson Awards (now Multiplying Good), the American Nobel Prize for public service and youth leadership, with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Senator Robert Taft, Jr.

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Our Board

Mark

Holden

Chairman

Mark Holden is a successful entrepreneur, musician, and international recording artist who has founded and operated several companies in a diverse career spanning four decades. He is an advocate for creating values-based businesses that make a difference. Mark believes that true success is measured by how many lives we impact. 

Olivia

Soleil

Vice President

Olivia was born in the Republic of the Congo. She is an artist, life coach, mindfulness practitioner, hypnosis practitioner and a Reiki Master. She also served as a Member of the Governor’s Delaware Interfaith Council.

Antonio

Tijerino

Vice President

Toni Tijerino is the President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, a national nonprofit focused on education, workforce, social impact and culture through innovation and leadership. HHF is recognized by The White House, US Congress, Fortune 500 companies, other nonprofits and the Government of Mexico.

Stella 

Mengele

Vice President

Stellar Mengele is a gospel music artist, career woman, businesswoman, wife and mother. Born and raised in Kitui County, Stellar began her music career in 2003 and currently serves as the GIFT CONNECT 0-5 Ambassador in Kenya.

Nancy

Leonard

Treasurer

For over 40 plus years, Nancy has worked for Sam Beard, President and Founder of the National Development Council, President and Founder of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service (presently Multiplying Good) as his assistant and program director.

Sandon

Nixon

Secretary

Before joining the GIFT Board, Sandon spent nine years as Regional Advisor Consultant with Hartford Funds building partnerships in Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada generating annual sales of $200+million. His work in the non-profit sector spans 20+ years.

Rika

Yoshikawa

Member

Rika has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Gakushuin and a Master’s degree in Child Development from Michigan State University. Rika currently serves as a deputy chair for Byakko, Vice President of May Peace Prevail on Earth International, and Goi Peace Foundation following her family tradition of spreading peace and divine spark beyond race and religion. 

Pierre 

Sornin

Member

At the age of 28 he joined Axen, an It Consulting firm. In 5 years, Axen made the biggest growth in this sector in Belgium. Pierre then started a management consulting firm, Es Sense. In 7 years, Pierre and Es Sense coached more than 300 CEO’s and their organizations. His life changing events, Les Clés du Succès, have transformed the lives of more than 10,000 people in Belgium and France. 

Doug

Lambert

Member

Doug Lambert is a Global Good entrepreneur. His work is purposed to change philanthropy worldwide through an evolutionary & disruptive nonprofit e-platform.

Suzanne

Hall

Member

Experienced Founder and Chief Executive Officer with a strong focus on creating businesses that promote wellbeing on all levels. A demonstrated history of working in both the positive psychology and well-being software industry with the Be Intent Technology platform.

Sam

Beard

President

Sam Beard has spent six decades transforming ideas into far-reaching impact. Sam created and implemented public service programs for eight American Presidents from Nixon to Obama, including six initiatives that each impacted more than 50 million lives.

Our Team

Judith

Otter

Chief of Staff/CEO

Sheila

Neff

Special Projects

Sandon

Nixon

Global Director

Brett

Lechtenberg

Global Director

Liz

Gibbs

Global Director

Stellar

Mengele

Global Ambassador

GIFT CONNECT is an initiative of the Global Investment Foundation for Tomorrow, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity (Federal Tax ID #20-5545018). All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

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