Founded by actresses Sara Buckner and Yvonne Fedderson during a fateful Tokyo excursion in the 1950s as International Orphans, the company stole the global spotlight in 1975 with “Operation Baby Lift”. Against all the odds, the young actresses rescued thousands of young Vietnamese children from the inevitable wrath of the Viet Cong during the United States’ withdrawal from the Vietnam War. Since then, these heroic deeds have led to the establishment of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the creation of the first national toll-free hotline (1-800 4-A-Child), and even prestigious awards such as the Nobel Peace Prize. Today, the organization continues to reach out to millions of victims, actively fighting to put an end to child abuse and neglect.
Twelve11 is an organization committed to supporting survivors of trafficking, co-founded by Kathy McGibbon. Their mission is to provide sustainable resources and a community of support to foster personal development for those overcoming sex trafficking and sexual exploitation as they transition from surviving to thriving.
Horton’s Kids was founded in 1989 by Karin Walser, then a Capitol Hill staffer in Washington, DC. Late one night, Karin stopped at a gas station in the DC's most at-risk neighborhood, where several children who lived in a nearby homeless shelter offered to pump her gas for spare change. Instead of just handing them money, she offered to take them to the zoo the next weekend. In the ensuing years, Karin enlisted friends to join her in taking the children out on Sunday activities. More than two decades later, Horton’s Kids continues to serve this community, making programs for tutoring possible and serving as positive role models for children.
To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery. Founder Jamie Tworkowski, didn’t set out to start a nonprofit organization. All he wanted to do was help a friend and tell her story. When Jamie met Renee Yohe, she was struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury, and suicidal thoughts. He wrote about the five days he spent with her before she entered a treatment center, and he sold T-shirts to help cover the cost. When she entered treatment, he posted the story on MySpace to give it a home. The name of the story was “To Write Love on Her Arms.”