Category Archives: Nonprofit Organizations

Marsha Goldford Demonstrates Human Resources Management Expertise while Helping Kids and Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Marsha GoldfordMarsha Goldford serves as the Director of Human Resources for the Developmental Disabilities Association. A certified human resources professional with 15 years of experience working with public sector and nonprofit organizations, Ms. Goldford has spent the past two years working with the nonprofit dedicated to providing community-based programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. It is within this capacity, as well as her work as an independent consultant and community volunteer, that Ms. Goldford is able to employ her areas of expertise in human resources management and labor relations. As the director of human resources, Ms. Goldford provides advice and support for a range of human resources and labor relations activities including HR policy, recruitment, employee learning and development, organizational development, employee engagement, HR metrics, employee health, safety and wellness, benefits planning and records management.

Marsha Goldford helps children and adults with developmental disabilitiesThe success that Ms. Goldford has achieved throughout her professional endeavors is attributed to her ability to maintain strong relationships within her network of varied business contacts as well as her 12-plus years’ experience in line management roles in the social housing field. She is also a strong advocate for the use of technology as a means of offering affordable, accessible and innovative programs and services for organizations on a tight budget.

In order to prepare for her career, Ms. Goldford earned a master’s degree in public administration from Queens University in 1978. She also received certification in human resources and training design and facilitation. In recognition of her accomplishments, Ms. Goldford was recently inducted into Worldwide Branding. Additionally, she functions as a consultant for the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and its member agencies, as well as Shelter Net BC. She is an active volunteer mentor with Dress for Success Vancouver and a past-president and active board member for the Red Door Housing Society. In the coming years, Ms. Goldford plans to retire and expand her consulting work with nonprofit organizations locally and beyond both on a fee-for-service and pro bono basis.

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Susan A. Biggers Helps Low-Income Seniors Develop Skills and Find Jobs

Sarah Biggers. Photo Source: AARP Oregon

Sarah Biggers, CEO of Experience Works. Photo Source: AARP Oregon

Sarah A. Biggers has spent nearly a decade in her field, and she currently heads Experience Works, a community-based charity organization that provides training, employment and community services for the elderly with low incomes. Ms. Biggers specializes in strategic planning, and in implementing plans to leverage the various programs provided by the organization. She has also made a name for herself as an expert in performance management. She is responsible for coordinating with various departments, conducting advocacy and outreach, and speaking to legislative people to ensure funding. Ms. Biggers ensures that programs in place are meeting the needs of clients.

Experience Works provides training, employment and community services for the elderly with low incomes

Experience Works is a national, charitable, community-based organization. It was originally named Green Thumb and chartered in 1965 as a small, rural demonstration program. At the helm of the foundation, Ms. Biggers has recognized and accomplished many of her goals, and she attributes her success to understanding that all people have a purpose in life. She has determination and passion for helping the less fortunate. She became involved in her profession because she was influenced by the mission of Experience Works and was recruited to join the organization in 2008. She is a member of the American Society on Aging, and the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs. In future years, Ms. Biggers wants to grow her company and help as many people as possible.

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Samantha Hunter Pushes to Put Corruption to a Halt with Crime Stoppers Victoria

Samantha Hunter has more than two years of experience as the CEO of Crime Stoppers Victoria, an organization that serves to protect community members by passing on information to law enforcement officials to help them solve crimes. Over the years, Ms. Hunter has established herself as an expert in nonprofit management and leadership by serving at the helm of the organization and guiding community members toward safety and social justice. Each day, she manages the strategic direction of the association, as well as budgeting operations, and raises funds to keep the organization in operation. Ms. Hunter successfully built a marketing, public and community relations firm prior to taking on the role of CEO of Crime Stoppers Victoria and Director of Crime Stoppers Australia.

Samantha Hunter is passionate about helping the people of Victoria to build resilience and securing social justice for Looking back, Ms. Hunter attributes her success to hard work, perseverance and a passion for what she does. She worked in marketing for a long time and had served on the board of Crime Stoppers Australia. She was able to use her existing skill set to effectively market the goals of Crime Stoppers Victoria since she understood the business model from an insider’s perspective. Ms. Hunter is passionate about giving back to her community and helping citizens develop resilience.

Ms. Hunter received a Bachelor of Art in politics from La Trobe University, Australia. In looking forward to a bright future, she would like to serve another term in order to ensure that newly planned executive strategies are executed within the organization. She is grateful to be able to give the people of Victoria a chance to live fruitful lives without fear, and by serving Crime Stoppers Victoria, she can provide a safety net for the members of her community.

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Dr. Kathleen Walk Established a Nonprofit that Spreads the Word of God and Heals People Physically and Spiritually

f0142aa996a34a9f849ae776dc95a07cDr. Kathleen Walk is the founder and executive director of Hope International Services, a nonprofit organization that promotes Christian missionary endeavors, with an emphasis on planting churches through healing crusades, and training Christians and their leaders using international radio and short-term ministry. H.I.S.’ goal is to provide health and human services to all underserved people in the world.

Dr. Walk was inspired to get involved in this type when she was sitting in church with her mother and heard a missionary doctor speak of how she was able to remove a tumor from someone when no other doctor would. At 7 years old, Dr. Walk knew what he career path would be. Beginning her career in 1968, Dr. Walk earned an MD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. After working for two years in Omaha, Nebraska, as a physician, she spent the next 10 years practicing as a medical doctor and missionary overseas.

Dr. Walk has long been committed to healing and teaching the word of God. She hosts a weekly radio show that is heard in 180 countries, and has served as a physician in developing countries, including Nigeria and Bangladesh. Dr. Walk did volunteer relief work in Nigeria during the Nigerian-Biafran war, from 1969 to 1970, and was the director of a new hospital that opened in Nigeria in 1999.

gfhfgIn 2004, Dr. Walk built an orphanage in Malawi. The orphanage now cares for hundreds of children whose parents have perished, either from AIDS, starvation or war. H.I.S. provides these children with food, water, shelter, clothes, blankets, supervision, education, and most of all, hope.  Dr. Walk has also established new churches in Africa and Russia, developed a rural health program in Bangladesh, and built hospitals for the elderly in Bangladesh and Nigeria. Additionally, Dr. Walk has traveled to Pakistan twice and established a primary school for disenfranchised children there in 2011. She will soon be returning to Pakistan to teach men and women how to work together.

Dr. Walk has published her poetry with Cambridge of England, and is currently working on her third book, an autobiography titled “Beyond Abundance.” Her writing is published under her pen name, Kathy A. Bliese.

For more information about Hope International Services, visit http://www.hopeinternationalservices.org.

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Geraldine Cox Operates a Home for Abused, Disadvantaged and Sick Children in Cambodia

6d7636066a59415cb088f26a8020cef4Geraldine Cox always knew she wanted to be a mother but, when she was in her 20s, she found out that she could not have children. She decided to embark on a career with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs in 1970 where she was posted overseas and saw the hardships and struggles of people in other countries.

Ms. Cox’s first posting was to Phnom Penh, where she experienced life in a country at war when the Vietnam War spilled over into Cambodia. The country left a huge impression on Ms. Cox and, after subsequent postings in Manila, Bangkok, Tehran and Washington, DC, and a stint with The Chase Manhattan Bank in Sydney, Ms. Cox returned to Cambodia in 1996 and co-founded Sunrise Children’s Villages.

Today, Ms. Cox is mum to more than 400 children who live on the premises. Sunrise Children’s Villages is a nonprofit organization that provides education, medical care, and a home for orphaned, abandoned, vulnerable and disadvantaged Cambodian children. Many of the children have HIV or have been shunned by society. Sunrise Children’s Villages offers these children a safe and nurturing environment where the receive care, love and education, as well as explore their individual talents.Ms. Cox now understands why she could have not children of her own. Her destiny was to become a mother to hundreds of children who have nowhere else to turn.

She is the recipient of many Australian awards and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2000. Pan Macmillan published her autobiography, “Home Is Where The Heart Is” in 2000 and Hollywood bought the rights to make a feature film based on her book. The documentary on her life, My Khmer Heart, won the 2000 Hollywood Film Festival Documentary of the Year Award and has been screened extensively. Ms. Cox’s story also has been featured on Australian television over the last few years on Australian Story, The Sunday Program, This Is Your Life, Four Corners, Today Tonight, The 7.30 Report and 60 Minutes, Talking Heads and the 7pm Project.

09c4f5acfd2e4ca59f1b19cb03ff0e76Ms. Cox would like to have access to the philanthropy sector, which will give her access to money and religious groups. She currently spends half the year with the children and the the other half traveling to raise funds. She does all the fundraising herself and has raised more than $1 million U.S. per annum to support the work in Cambodia. Ms. Cox wants to continue expanding the orphanage’s reach, and needs funds in order to support the children. She prides herself on not taking no for an answer and being persistence in her search for donors.

From her website:

“When they walk through the Sunrise gates they are suspicious and afraid with no power over their lives. I am just another adult who will hurt them as every adult in their life has done. To watch the fear and trepidation dissolve over ensuing weeks through the love and attention of our staff and the other children is a reward that cannot be expressed. When a distrustful abused child finally finds trust in their heart and limbs into your lap for a cuddle there are no words to express the joy I feel.

As a woman who could never have my own children, to experience the unconditional love of these vulnerable children brings me the joy and contentment in my life that nothing before could satisfy. I know that I am living the life that I was put on earth for and am just annoyed that I had to wait till I was 50 before I got the plot!

While you are reading this, helpless children are being sold into prostitution, slave labor in factories and fishing boats and in the homes of the rich as unpaid housemaids.

When they are old enough to understand we tell them that anything is possible and this has certainly been true for those who are now working and married with their own families in Cambodia. We have graduates in careers as such as dentistry, hospitality, IT, insurance, car and generator maintenance and repair, banking, sales and advertising to name a few. We even have Sunrise graduates studying in Australia who will return to Cambodia and use their degrees to make Cambodia a better place.”

To learn more about Sunrise Children’s Villages and to donate, visit www.scv.org.au. Also visit www.geraldinecox.org and listen to Ms. Cox’s interview on Worldwide Broadcasting here.

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Thomas McGovern Champions Community and Church Initiatives with the Denise McGovern Memorial Conference Center

Thomas McGovernAfter the untimely passing of Thomas McGovern’s wife Denise, he was prompted to follow her advice, and “be generous.” Because that was one of the last things that she wished of him, Mr. McGovern made that his life’s goal. In honoring her final request, he founded a nonprofit organization—the Denise McGovern Memorial Conference Center—where the people of his community are welcome to holding conferences and events that support both the public and the church.

Mr. McGovern has since made the most of his background in the service sector and his financial expertise by serving as the organization’s Managing Director. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all accounting initiatives, calculating expenses, and decorating the center, in an effort to ensure that all who enter its doors can enjoy a comfortable and relaxed setting.  Additionally, Mr. McGovern is in charge of bringing food to these events and setting up, and hosting family reunions, Christmas parties, class reunions, tournaments, and parties for small churches, small businesses, and companies. He also raises funds for his local church.

nonprofit man hands heartA compassionate and kindhearted soul, Mr. McGovern will never forget the words instilled in him by his late wife Denise, and these words have allowed him to help others. His enduring generosity has garnered for him recognition from his peers and fellow community leaders, as well as induction into Worldwide Branding. He is a member of the Staten Island Catholic Youth Organization, the Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church, the First Baptist Church, the Council of Community Services, and the Life Foundation.

If you would like to learn more about Thomas McGovern, please visit his LinkedIn page.

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Rhonda K. Bello Honored by Worldwide Who’s Who for her Commitment to Helping the Spiritual Community

Rhonda K. BelloRhonda K. Bello serves as the president of The Prayer and Salvation Organization. In the course of her duties, she is responsible for managing overall business operations, executive direction and vision, the board, strategic planning, financial fundraising, new business development, approval of any funding to religious organizations that will help advance members, the main sanctuary, international expansions and youth services, programs, leadership development, volunteers, and financial analysis and forecasting.

A true believer, Mrs. Bello decided to help the spiritual community by opening a nonprofit organization after she spent more than 24 years in the United States Armed Forces. She believes in international business and integration of diversity, and she currently heads different projects in Nigeria and India, as well as several other countries. She attributes her success to her faith in God, and great mentors throughout her military and spiritual career. She became involved in her profession because her daughter asked, “If God is so powerful and the everlasting healer, then why is there poverty and grief?” Mrs. Bello’s answer was that we are a family, and need to help each other. She realized then that it was her time to start a nonprofit to help churches and spiritual centers internationally with financial assistance.

Rhonda Bello CardMrs. Bello became a doctoral candidate through the University of Phoenix, having earned a Master of Science in accounting from the University of Phoenix in 2009 and a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting. She is a mentor of Joining Forces Mentoring Plus, and an alumna and events chair of the University of Phoenix in Washington. To benefit the less fortunate, she serves as an administrator of The Shadow of the Almighty Ministries. In years to come, Mrs. Bello hopes to complete a doctoral degree, build international awareness for her mission and complete a multitude of projects in worship centers worldwide.

The Prayer and Salvation Organization is based on the belief that its projects, which refurbish and assist the spiritual community, are of the utmost importance. The entire team is committed to meeting those needs, and as a result, they have a high percentage of donations that come from businesses around the world and repeat donors who are impressed by what a difference their donations can deliver.

For more information about The Prayer and Salvation Organization, visit http://www.prayerandsalvation.org.

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Dr. John F. Grayson Helms a Leading Nonprofit Organization which Helps People whose Rights have been Violated

John F. Grayson, Ph.D.Dr. John F. Grayson, President of Grayson Foundation, Inc, was recently honored by Worldwide Branding for his exceptional levels of leadership in the areas of nonprofit organizational management, and for his efforts in assisting the public in the securing of human rights.

On the day before Thanksgiving in 2012, Mr. Grayson was enjoying music and reading in his living room when his life was suddenly interrupted. Two deputies from the sheriff’s department knocked on his front door and informed him that someone had reported him as wanting to commit suicide, and therefore they had to escort him to the hospital. Without any choice in the matter, Mr. Grayson went on to suffer through a terrible ordeal that lasted days before he was released.

The Grayson Foundation strives to bring justice to anyone whose constitutional or civil rights have been infringed upon by any organization or individual.

The Grayson Foundation strives to bring justice to anyone whose constitutional or civil rights have been infringed upon by any organization or individual.

After this jarring experience, Mr. Grayson decided to establish the Grayson Foundation, Inc. in order to help others that are dealing with similar difficult situations. In essence, the nonprofit aids all people in need of assistance when dealing with bureaucracy and federal government issues. The Grayson Foundation strives to bring justice to anyone whose constitutional or civil rights have been infringed upon by any organization or individual. Specializing in advocacy, Mr. Grayson possesses a unique zeal for his mission as a dedicated 85-year-old gentleman. He oversees the operations of the nonprofit, which include providing personal aid and comfort to affected individuals, educating the public regarding human rights, and assisting the initiation or change of legislation to improve and ensure the rights of individuals.

To learn more, please contact John F. Grayson, Ph.D. by visiting his LinkedIn page.

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Axel Lanausse Supports Religious Organizations with the Global Commission Partners

Axel LanausseMore than two decades ago, Axel Lanausse became inspired to work with nonprofit organizations and to support charitable causes in an effort to help those who were in need. For the past five years, he has served as president of Global Commission Partners—a nonprofit missionary association which indentifies and evaluates the fruitfulness of native ministries. Once ministries are approved, Global Commission Partners raises the funding to supply them with the necessary tools to make the religious organizations thrive.

As president of Global Commission Partners, Mr. Lanausse is responsible for handling all administrative duties, maintaining donor relations, traveling, and conducting evaluations. Drawing on his educational background, which includes a master’s degree in bible studies, he has become an expert regarding indigenous missions. In the coming years, he plans to keep abreast of changes in his ministry through networking and consulting worldwide.

religion doveRecognized for years of invaluable contributions to the church, Mr. Lanausse has garnered several awards. In 2013, he was inducted into Worldwide Branding as an executive member. Later that year, based on outstanding achievement in his field, he was selected as an Executive of the Year, representing nonprofit missionary work. Mr. Lanausse feels his success can be most aptly attributed to his faith in God, hard work, and a passion for the people that have yet to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Learn how you can champion the initiatives of the Global Commission Partners by supporting a child or a missionary.

 

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Robert Cassidy Finds Purpose in Making a Difference in the Lives of The Less Fortunate

Robert CassidyA dedicated philanthropist, Robert Cassidy has amassed more than 20 years of professional experience, having spent the last decade as the president and CEO of the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter of Holy Royal Arch Masons. In the course of his duties, he is responsible for acquiring sponsors and donations for the scholarship drive, as well as trying to raise revenue for the organization. He frequently works to provide scholarships to deserving college students, as well as financial assistance to the less fortunate individuals who are struggling financially and need assistance to get back on their feet.

Robert Cassidy and MEPHGCHRAM’s goal is to sponsor approximately 15 students per yearMr. Cassidy is a retired sergeant major of the United States Army with 26 years of active service experience serving every rank of leadership. He joined the military in 1983, and has been awarded the Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Services Medals, eight Army Accommodation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, and other prestigious awards and recommendations. He attributes his success to the military, and his family. Mr. Cassidy studied human relations and business administration at Saint Leo University. He is a member of the Sergeant Majors Association. In years to come, Mr. Cassidy wants to establish a shelter for the homeless, open a food bank and continue to award scholarships to deserving students.

If you would like to make a contribution in the form of girls’ and boys’ clothing, backpacks, shoes, school supplies, toiletries, gift cards, or monetary donations through the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter of Holy Royal Arch Masons, please click here.

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