The Giraffe Heroes Project moves people to stick their necks out for the common good. We give them the inspiration to become more engaged and effective in solving the public problems that affect their lives. Recognizing that inspiration often needs to be backed up by practical tools, we've developed books, speeches, workshops and other training tools for effective citizen action. We moved into classrooms with formal curricula in 1991. Now our tools include blogs, an E-zine and online trainings
We create and disseminate powerful ?new narratives? for social and economic justice built around the motivating stories of "Giraffe Heroes"?real people sticking their necks out to solve tough public problems in their communities or farther afield. When we tell the stories of Giraffe Heroes from podiums, in schools, in our books and blogs, and online, other people see or hear their stories and are motivated to take action too? taking a stand against injustice, fighting for sane environmental policies, and being a voice for the powerless. We distribute a K-12 curriculum, helping young people build lives as courageous and compassionate citizens. Giraffe Heroes International brings Giraffe inspiration and tools to the world.
For over 35 years, the Giraffe Heroes Project has been creating and disseminating the motivating stories of "Giraffe Heroes"?real people sticking their necks out to solve tough public problems in their communities and beyond. They?re working on environmental challenges, corruption, assaults on minorities and women, hunger, gang violence and much more. When we tell the stories of Giraffe Heroes from podiums, in schools, in our books and blogs, and most of all online, others see or hear their stories and they?re motivated to follow Giraffe leads?speaking out against inequality, taking a stand against injustice, fighting for sane environmental policies, being a voice for the powerless and building a shared responsibility for change.
Accomplishments & Progress:
The Giraffe Heroes Project has now found, honored and told the inspiring stories of over 1,400 Giraffe Heroes, more than one-third people of color. They often toil in obscurity, fighting for the underdog, taking enormous risks for their causes, hanging in there year after year, and not waiting for "them" to solve problems. When we tell their stories, others are inspired to act too.
The Project?s civic engagement curricula has for 25 years been helping kids from kindergarten through high school build lives as courageous, compassionate and responsible members and leaders in their communities and beyond. In the process, they learn critical literacy and other academic and life skills. The curriculum has now reached over 250,000 kids.
Additional Background Information:
Our strategy works. Telling the stories of heroes is the most powerful tool for moving people into courage and compassionate action ever found. Citizens everywhere are hearing the Giraffe message. Now we need support for dramatically increasing the frequency, outreach and impact of our storytelling and our coaching. This expansion will build on experiences, strengths and skills already gained over three decades?including a global track record of training change agents through our books, blogs, curricula, speeches and workshops.
The world needs the Giraffe Heroes Project, telling the stories of brave, caring citizens rising up to demand change.. There is something in the human spirit that calls us to press for progress, in ways both large and small. The challenge is to raise the volume of that call and to give those who hear it the tools for transforming the systems and mindsets that hinder progress toward a more sustainable and equitable future for all people.
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Financial Information Verified
Program Services Expenses:
(69% of total)
Management & General Expenses:
(63% of total)
(7% of total)
Officers and Board:
Board of Directors and Board of Advisors:
Ron Reed (Chair) Reed is a retired Episcopal Minister
Jayasri Ghosh (Secretary) Ghosh is the Head of Bright Water School, a PreK-8 Waldorf School on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
Malory Graham (Treasurer) Graham holds a 6th degree black belt in the martial art of Aikido and is the chief instructor of her own dojo (training center), Seattle Aikikai