Our Grantees in the News



Michelle Welsch in Colorado’s DailyCamera NEWS

dailycamera-newsMichelle Welsch of Boulder takes unexpected path in Nepal, October 2016

“One day, Michelle Welsch realized she could make her own life. So she ditched her steady job and comfortable lifestyle in New York City. The Longmont High School and University of Colorado graduate flew to Nepal, to volunteer in a monastery there that she knew little about.”

“I had such a strong conviction. I didn’t know what it was, but I knew I had to go,” she says. “I’ve never been so strongly convinced of anything before. I knew I had to follow this pull.”

“She expected to teach English to monks for a few weeks, climb to Mount Everest’s base camp to raise money for an inner-city nonprofit and head back to Boulder, which she considers home, to figure out what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.”

Read the whole article, Michelle Welsch of Boulder takes unexpected path in Nepal  here.

Learn more about Michelle Welsch here.


Anita Kranjc in THE GLOBE AND MAIL

the-globe-and-mailPETA head says world watching trial of woman who gave water to pigs, October 2016

“The trial of a Toronto animal-rights activist in Burlington, Ont., has become a global cause célèbre for opponents of the meat industry, with the head of PETA and a famous musician pledging support and dozens of backers crowding into the courtroom on Monday.”

“Anita Krajnc, a member of Toronto Pig Save, is charged with criminal mischief for giving water to pigs in a truck on their way to a slaughterhouse last June. She admits to giving water to the animals, but she contends that it was not illegal.”

Read the whole article, PETA head says world watching trial of woman who gave water to pigs here.

Learn more about Anita Kranjc here.

Maya Penn on SuperSoul.TV

supersoul-tvMaya Penn, September 2016

“From a young age, it’s been Maya Penn’s passion to make a positive impact on the environment, the planet and all of its creatures.”

“Sixteen-year-old Maya is the founder and CEO of Maya’s Ideas, an eco-friendly accessories company started in 2008 when she was 8 years old. When Maya started her business, she says she knew two things: all of her products had to be eco-friendly and she had to put her profits towards making an impact.”

Read the whole article, Maya Penn here.

Learn more about Maya Penn here.

Jeff Kirchner on TEDBlog

ted-blogMeet the Fall 2016 class of TED Residents, September 2016

“On September 12, TED welcomed its latest class of the TED Residency program, an in-house incubator for breakthrough ideas. Residents spend four months in the TED office with fellow brilliant minds who are creatively taking on projects that are making significant changes in their communities, across many different fields .”

Read the whole article, Meet the Fall 2016 class of TED Residents here.

Learn more about Jeff Kirchner here.

Alicia White on Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel ID Hero of the Month 


Thell Robinson, on Columbus, Ohio’s nbc4i.com

nbc4iTaking a stand against youth violence in Columbus, August 2016

“COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A Columbus youth leader is taking a stand against the city’s violence.”

“You can never have enough programs, organizations or individuals out here doing this type of work,” Thell Robinson III explained, outside of his downtown office.

“Robinson is the founder of A Thug is a Dud, also known as ATIAD, which is a nonprofit organization aimed at keeping at-risk youth on the right path.”

Read the whole article, Taking a stand against youth violence in Columbus here.

Learn more about Thell Robinson here.