About GIFT CONNECT
GIFT CONNECT is a global initiative dedicated to alleviating poverty by building alliances with leaders and mission-driven organizations to enhance education of early childhood development and mindfulness, expand public funding support and empower a more conscious, connected and creative world.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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