Nonprofits & Foundations
United Way Worldwide is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide. United Way is focused on creating community-based and community-led solutions that strengthen the cornerstones for a good quality of life: education, financial stability, and health.
Memel.Global is an organization that is developing an array of responsive sustainable programs to improve the economic and social well-being of Memel, South Africa, and the neighboring township of Zamani.
The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world.
WeGO is an international NGO that provides an inclusive platform for cities, companies, and experts to gather and share knowledge and ideas. It is a place for city-to-city cooperation, a place for cities and companies to meet and work on joint projects, and a rich source of knowledge and experience on smart sustainable cities for citizens around the world.
Houston Endowment is a private foundation that partners with others in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors to improve the quality of life for the residents of greater Houston.
Formerly the American Dietetic Association, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education, and advocacy.
AFHK is the nation’s leading nonprofit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by working with schools to improve nutrition and physical activity to help our kids learn to eat right, be active every day, and be ready to learn.
Children at Risk seeks to improve the lives of children in the greater Houston, Texas, area and nationally through advocacy, policy analysis, and research. The organization publishes two journals — Journal of Family Strengths and Journal of Applied Research on Children.
Coho/US is building a better society, one neighborhood at a time. Cohousing communities are old-fashioned neighborhoods created with a little ingenuity. They bring together the value of private homes with the benefits of more sustainable living. That means common facilities and good connections with neighbors. All in all, they stand as innovative answers to today’s environmental and social problems.
The largest health and wellness program in schools across the country, Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program founded by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, that empowers students to take charge in making small, everyday changes at school.
GENYOUth Foundation is on a mission to inspire and educate youth to improve their nutrition and increase their physical activity — and GENYOUth believes that youth must lead the way. GENYOUth was founded through an unprecedented public-private partnership with the National Dairy Council and the NFL. GENYOUth is collaborating with students, schools, communities, business partners, and thought leaders to build a platform with the flexibility and energy to make a lasting difference in children’s lives. When students are given a voice, change can happen.
The National Dairy Council and DairyMAX, in full partnership with the Houston Independent School district and other public and private partners, brought a breakthrough approach to change already proven in the business world into the school environment.
MCI WorldCom Foundation was telecommunications giant’s corporate philanthropy division. It focused solely on developing and providing “MarcoPolo: Internet Content for the Classroom,” a free K-12 education initiative available in all 50 states.
NCTE is a professional association of educators in English studies, literacy, and language arts.
The National Dairy Council offers information for both professional and consumers on the benefits of various dairy products. A particular focus is K-12 student health and wellness.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health. The Childhood Obesity initiative backs projects that will help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015 by improving access to affordable, healthy food and providing more opportunities for children to play and exercise in their schools and communities.
The West Virginia Humanities Council is a private, nonprofit organization providing lifelong learning opportunities to the state’s citizens. It is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Corporations & Publishers
Consilience Group is a mission-driven systems transformation firm committed to the physical, social, and economic well-being of all people and communities. Consilience Group works within and across sectors, systems, and organizations to align and integrate policy and practices for equitable people-centered services.
Based in Ghana, Midunu is a lifestyle company with an eye toward celebrating Africa’s cultural and culinary heritage. Before starting to eat a meal, Ewe people say “Midunu,” which means “Let us eat,” inviting all those present to partake in the food which they are blessed to have. Midunu’s goal is to create experiences where culture, community, and cuisine intersect, reminiscent of earlier times while creating new memories.
VI Health & Wellness Coaching helps busy women, especially those in leadership roles, unapologetically prioritize and protect their heart health without sacrificing their careers or the joys of everyday life experiences.
Kellen is one of the world’s largest providers of management and services to associations and trade organizations.
Vantage Evaluation envisions a world where all purpose-driven organizations think about and use evaluation as an essential tool to strategically improve their programs and systems.
Original Kindle provides communications experience in the purpose-driven sector, including strategic planning and design, technical assistance for grantees, content development, and award-winning social media engagement.
Luminare Group provides strategic planning, evaluative thinking, capacity building, and resources for leaders and organizations addressing disparity and structural barriers to equity.
Keecha Harris and Associates, Inc. (KHA), works with philanthropy, corporations, and NGOs to help them understand the impact and capacity of their social investments at the community level and beyond. KHA leads organizational development, project management, and research and evaluation projects for publicly and privately funded efforts across a broad range of topics.
Caddis Collaborative, an architecture firm, is a leader in sustainable design, zero net energy homes, and livable communities. Caddis’s expertise in grassroots community engagement is essential for large-scale projects, especially multifamily housing and institutional projects.
C3 provides expertise in instructional design, content development, interactive programming, and project management.
Government & Universities
The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) is the only organization at the Smithsonian Institution that is solely dedicated to formal K-12 education. The SSEC’s mission is to transform K-12 Education Through Science™ in collaboration with communities across the globe.
Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), based at the University of Michigan, advances the full range of arts-integrative research, curricula, programs, and creative practice to acknowledge, articulate, and expand the vital role of higher education in our global society. The organization envisions a world in which universities – students, faculty, and leaders – acknowledge, deeply embed, and seamlessly integrate the arts in the pursuit of basic knowledge and in everyday practice.
Shepherd University is a liberal arts institution located one hour from Washington, D.C., in historic Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Linda began as an Assistant Professor of English at Shepherd in 1991 and left in 2006 as a tenured Professor of English at Shepherd University. While at Shepherd, Linda was named the West Virginia Professor of the Year.
Founded in 1864—just a few years after the city of Denver itself was founded—the University of Denver is one of the country’s premier private universities. Linda was on the faculty of the University Writing Program from 2006 to 2009.
The USDA is a key collaborator on Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest in-school health and wellness program.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serivce is to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.