The Birth of Global Grandmothers: Diana’s Story
After my granddaughter was born I couldn’t believe how she captivated me — so perfect in each detail, so fragile, — and so promising! But I was bothered too – by how much she enjoyed when so many children in the world had so little. By an accident of fate my granddaughter was born into a loving family in a rich country while an equally-deserving baby with loving parents was born into poverty and privation. How unfair that seemed – and how little I was doing about it!
Then I conceived of Global Grandmothers. The basic idea was simple – become a grandmother to the world’s children. Give to children worldwide as well as those near and dear to you. A meaningful way for me to do this was giving to a child in need when I gave to my own grandchild. I called this Linked Giving.
Knowing that not just grandmothers shared my concern, I thought of Global Grandmothers as an organization that welcomed anyone who wanted to give to improve the lives of children beyond his/her own family. Let the world’s children benefit from the pooled generosity of caring adults.
A website, I thought, could be the focal point of Global Grandmothers. There, anyone could contribute to non-profits Global Grandmothers had vetted for effectiveness. Global Grandmothers would not seek funds for itself. Instead, it would be a conduit. It would generate interest and facilitate giving to high quality child-centered non-profits.
By April 2010 Global Grandmothers was incorporated and by October it received federal 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Our website went live on January 18, 2011.
In 2014 we were honored to be included in A Path Appears, the best selling book by husband-wife team Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Kristof is an op-ed columnist for the New York Times and he and WuDunn were awarded a Pulitzer prize for earlier publications.
If you are reading this, you are one of the hundreds, thousands, and ultimately millions of people I hope will become a part of Global Grandmothers by giving generously.