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Global Fund for Children (GFC) partners to build a world where all children and youth enjoy equal resources and opportunities in society and live free from violence, discrimination, and exploitation. To that end, GFC invests in innovative local organizations, helping them deepen their impact and build their capacity for social change. Together, GFC and its partners advance the rights of children and youth facing poverty and injustice and equip them with the tools and skills to reach their full potential. Since 1997, Global Fund for Children has invested $46 million in more than 725 organizations, reaching 11 million children and youth worldwide. For more information, visit


John Hecklinger

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Global Fund for Children President and CEO John Hecklinger.Areas of expertise: Philanthropy (including Trust-Based and Venture Philanthropy), International Development, Grassroots Investment and Innovation, Impacts of COVID-19 on Children and Youth, Crowdfunding, Youth Activism, Strategic Planning, and Social Entrepreneurship

John Hecklinger drives social change by helping effective community-led organizations around the world connect with the resources they need to empower children and youth to reach their full potential. He is an expert in fixing broken systems and in adaptive leadership through complexity, conflict, and change. John also has extensive knowledge about how the nonprofit sector operates, including who’s who, trends, and hot topics. He has been interviewed, spoken at conferences, and written articles on shifting power to local communities, sparking social change in complex systems, and disrupting the way philanthropy gets done, among other topics. Most recently, John has led GFC’s efforts to help grassroots organizations support children and youth during the coronavirus pandemic.

John joined GFC in 2017 after more than two decades in global philanthropy and the private sector. Prior to joining GFC, he served in a series of roles at GlobalGiving, driving the growth of the world’s first crowdfunding marketplace for global causes. John previously led partnership efforts at CARFAX Vehicle History Reports and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangui, Central African Republic. He holds a master’s degree in English from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia. Read John’s full bio here.

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