October 20, 2014

HHI is Merging with Thrive Networks!

On HHI’s 10th anniversary, I am elated to announce that HHI is now a part of Thrive Networks! This merger offers HHI the potential for a true quantum leap! In the last decade, more than 42,500 moms/dads, health-workers and other caregivers participated in HHI’s training, bettering the lives of over 150,000 young children. Now, as a member of Thrive Networks, together we have the potential to multiply our reach TEN fold!

Thrive Networks’ mission is helping the world's most disadvantaged people move from survival to potential. Thrive Networks, founded as “East Meets West” in 1986, is a nonprofit based in CA, with offices in 9 countries, and programs addressing Health, Education and Water/Sanitation in more than a dozen countries.

Thrive Networks’s recognized HHI as a innovative program with tremendous impact, but living below our potential due to our tiny size. This merger will be a win-win-win. HHI will get to focus on what we do best, creating programs to empower caregivers and improve children’s earliest development. Thrive Networks offers HHI greater power and efficiencies, while gaining a proven program to enhance their efforts in education and health. Together we can exponentially expand our reach!

I want to say a true, deep and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has given of their time, talents and treasures to grow HHI into the beautiful success it has become. Be proud! You have been a part of a grand and deeply meaningful social experiment that has touched almost 200,000 lives! The outcomes have been beyond anything we could have predicted, from lowered mortality, improved health, decreased family violence, and more.

It has been a challenge, but more than that, this adventure called HHI has been the best thing I’ve ever done and I am so excited that I get to keep doing it, that HHI will not only live – but Thrive! My hope is that you will continue to support HHI, to continue on as friends and donors. Your support now will help create the runway we need to reconfigure and re-launch HHI into new, far larger projects! 

donate today and invest in HHI's next 10 years!

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Your gift will be DOUBLED by the Greenbaum Foundation.
(until 12/31/14, up to $50,000)


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Read the back story of how this merger came to be - 

The End of HHI... ???

It was 12:30pm, June 30, 2014. I was the only US-based staff still left. I’d terminated our office lease, sold off all of HHI’s furniture, and I may or may not have been drinking wine for breakfast. It had been an amazing journey championing HHI around the world, but it was time to close it down. (read more)

The call that changed it all...

On June 30th, 2014, with only hours left on HHI’s life clock….  
John Anner, CEO of Thrive Networks, along with two of his colleagues, called to talk about the potential of HHI merging with their organization.  (read more)


Thank you Portland!

10th Anniversary Celebration

Our yearly event was bigger, better and more successful than ever!
HHI announced our merger with Thrive Networks - and the crowd went wild!

We raised over $25,000 in support - matched by Thrive Networks, and by the Greenbaum Foundation, meaning we raised over $75,000 - THANK YOU!


HHI’s Board – David Pyle, Christy Hudson, Hayden Hamilton & Laura Peterson, with John Anner,  
CEO of Thrive Networks
 See all the pics!
Thanks to our generous volunteers, sponsors and participants for an incredible night and a powerful launch into our new partnership!


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