Robert D. Stillman’s dedication, kindness, and contagious joy left a defining legacy at Global Fund for Children. The Dignity Awards honor Bob’s commitment to improve the lives of children and youth who are most in need.

Bob Stillman’s legacy

From 2002 to 2006, Bob served as Chair of GFC’s Board of Directors, where he stewarded GFC’s mission with warmth and dedication. Bob’s tenure as Chair was a time of significant growth for the organization, propelling GFC to new heights. He was passionate about strengthening social protection networks and generating economic opportunity for children, particularly for orphaned children, street-based children, and those experiencing homelessness.

Bob passed away on August 4, 2019. In a heartfelt tribute to their friend and colleague, GFC Founder Maya Ajmera and former Managing Director Greg Fields remembered Bob for his good humor and steadfast faith in “doing the right thing for the right reasons.”

 

About the awards

Established in 2020, the Robert D. Stillman Dignity Awards honor organizations responding to the vulnerabilities, risks, and challenges that affect the wellbeing of children and youth. Specifically, these awards recognize organizations that advance the dignity of young people by:

  • Providing critical services, such as shelter, refuge, and humanitarian aid;
  • Fostering economic empowerment to break the trap of intergenerational poverty; and/or
  • Promoting welcoming communities through social inclusion programs.

The Robert D. Stillman Dignity Awards have been made possible thanks to the generous contributions of Bob’s family and friends.

 

About the 2020 winner

Jelly Beanz, this year’s winner of the Dignity Award, is supporting South African children who have experienced abuse and trauma.

The inaugural award winner, Jelly Beanz, aims to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma and abuse. It provides direct therapeutic services to South African children who have experienced sexual abuse, violence, and trauma and works to prevent abuse from occurring. In a country where one in three children is sexually abused before age 18, the global coronavirus pandemic has only added greater urgency to this work.

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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