Who We Are
We improve the lives of children and youth around the world by accelerating the community impact of social impact leaders.
How are we accomplishing this?
We believe that no child, anywhere, should be marginalized. We envision the transformative effects of the Gratitude Network will impact more than 250 million children and youth worldwide.
Our organization was conceived on the eve of a milestone birthday. Our Founder and Executive Director, Randy Haykin, had just turned age 50. He had been a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist, and he wanted to shift his career to charitable giving and making more impact on the lives of marginalized populations. Randy created his own “Gratitude 365” experiment, and challenged himself to blog/post one thing he was grateful for daily during an entire year.
Randy soon realized that he could turn gratitude into action. He approached his network of talented colleagues, friends, and neighbors in the Bay Area and asked them to band together to impact social causes. Before long, the Gratitude Network was born.
Randy Haykin, an entrepreneur from the Bay Area, challenges himself to blog/post one thing he is grateful for during the entire year of his 50th birthday.
Gratitude Network is founded as a 501(c)3 organization.
2013 – 2014
Gratitude hosts “The Intersection Event” to showcase impact entrepreneurs from around the world.
Gratitude staffs up and hosts its first fundraising event – The Gratitude Soiree.
Gratitude narrows its focus to children and youth. Coaching program begins with 5 volunteer coaches and 10 expert advisors.
2017 – 2019
Gratitude continues building its model by finding the highest potential social entrepreneurs to support.
Gratitude pivots during the Covid19 pandemic to virtual fundraising, events, and operational management. 33 Fellows chosen from nearly 1300 applicants globally.
Gratitude begins its shift to an Accelerator model and rebrands the organization for future growth. The network now includes 45 coaches, 60 expert advisors, and hundreds of supporters and volunteers.
We give our time, talent, and treasure out of a sense of gratitude for what life and fortune has provided for us.
TRANSFORMATION & IMPACT
We endeavor to create social change that is systemic and transformative.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
We are inclusive of all genders, races, ages, and ethnicities; we believe diversity drives creativity and innovation. Read our full statement.
CONNECTION & COMMUNITY
Our network connects and bonds its participants.
POTENTIAL & INSPIRATION
We believe every child has the potential to rise out of difficulties; we are positive thinkers, inspired by the work of the social entrepreneurs we support.
CREATIVITY & INNOVATION
We encourage and embrace an innovative, problem-solving mindset.