Global Fund for Children announces new Board member

February 10, 2022 | GFC & Partner Updates

Ian Glasner

Global Fund for Children is pleased to announce the election of longtime GFC supporter and Global Ambassador Ian Glasner to the Global Board of Directors.

Ian Glasner has been an ongoing supporter of GFC for more than 15 years, and in 2019, he joined GFC’s Global Ambassadors program.

“Global Fund for Children has been a part of my life since 2005, when, as a 12-year-old, I decided to donate my Bar Mitzvah gifts from friends and family to GFC to help children around the world,” Ian said. “GFC’s work taught me from an early age that with the right strategy and execution, I could make a difference in the lives of others. GFC gave me the opportunity not just to give back to others, but also to improve my own career by giving me my first professional internship as a 17-year-old in 2010.”

“I am so honored and excited to continue my relationship with GFC by joining the Global Board,” he added. “GFC is a special organization with an incredible team and set of partners. What really makes GFC so special is its model – partnering with local organizations and enabling local leaders to make an impact in their own communities. GFC has come a long way since its founding, and I am honored and excited to be a part of its continued journey and growth.”

GFC’s directors and trustees provide guidance and leadership drawn from a deep body of expertise and knowledge. Their contributions are an integral part of our work supporting community-based organizations advancing the rights and opportunities of children and youth around the world.

“I am excited to welcome Ian to GFC’s Global Board of Directors,” said John Hecklinger, GFC’s President and CEO. “Ian has been a steadfast supporter of GFC’s work since he was a teenager, and he has continued to champion the organization as a Global Ambassador. His passion for GFC’s mission, combined with his business expertise, make him a great asset to our work.”

Ian is a Managing Director and the Chief of Staff for the Digital Business Services organization at HSBC, based in London. Prior to HSBC, Ian led Partner Product Launch at Google Cloud and worked in Sales, Strategy, and Operations at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He previously founded Refill, a company that aims to move point-of-sale directly to the customer for coffee shops, quick service restaurants, and bars. Ian received two Bachelor of Science degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, the first in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a focus in software and the second in Business Administration with a focus in entrepreneurship.

Ian serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Board for the Carnegie Mellon University Experience, a board charged with providing insights and expertise to help enrich the CMU experience for students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Since 2010, Ian has worked on behalf of the people of Haiti, cofounding two nonprofits that raise money for Haitian microcredit centers, women’s organizations, and schools.

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Global Fund for Children (GFC) UK Trust, created in 2006, is a UK registered charity (UK charity number 1119544). We work to generate vital income, create new fundraising opportunities, and raise awareness of the invaluable work of GFC’s grassroots grantees. Our aim is to extend the reach of GFC in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond.

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