This nonprofit honors Giraffe Heroes—compassionate risk-takers who are largely unknown, people who have the courage to stick their necks out for the common good, in the US and around the world.

When we tell their stories over social and traditional media, others are moved to stick their necks out too, helping solve significant public problems important to them. Our books, blogs, curricula, speeches and trainings help them succeed.

As long as there are Giraffe Heroes , there's hope. Telling the series of heroes may be the oldest strategy in the world for motivating people into brave, compassionate action—and it works.

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SAVING CHILDREN FROM THE DEATH CAMPS #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut Meet the oldest Giraffe commendee ever, Nicholas Winton. In 1939, the then young Brit identified Jewish children in Czechoslovakia who were in danger of going to death camps. He forged documents, raised money, recruited British families to take the children in, and got 669 of them on boats to England. Winton never said a word, not even to his wife, who decades later discovered his notebooks about the rescue. In our photo, you can see him on his 100th birthday, when he had become Sir Nicholas, honored by his nation, his queen, and by the thousands of people who had learned who to thank that they're alive. He got his Giraffe commendation when he was 103, which may have been slightly less impressive than his knighthood. He died when he was 106.


"We are the ones that will inherit everything that our adults are doing wrong." Young Native activists are suing Trump over his disastrous environmental policies:

Giraffe Hero Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is taking courageous, compassionate action. Check it out. #StickYourNeckOut

TRAINING IN-FLIGHT RESCUERS #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut Nancy Rivard gave up a fast-track management job at an airline to sign on as a flight attendant so she could see first-hand what the needs are of people around the world. From her first "mission" of hand-delivering soaps to Bosnian refugees, she's grown an organization, Airline Ambassadors, whose thousands of volunteers have brought stricken people over $50 million worth of aid. An important focus of her work: training airline staff to recognize trafficking on their flights – and intervene. You can see her work at and here on Facebook at Airline Ambassadors International.

FOR THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut Farai Maguwu is telling the world that the miners in the diamond fields of Zimbabwe are being abused. He's also demanding loudly that the profits from the mines be used to benefit the people of that nation rather than disappearing into unseen hands. He's been imprisoned and he's watched constantly, but his Centre for Natural Resource Governance goes on monitoring the mines and sounding alarms. You can keep up with Maguwu's work at And there's a thriving Giraffe Heroes operation in Zimbabwe. Check out their actions here:

A "NOT NORMAL" ELDER #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut When Muriel Johnston retired from her job as an office manager, she applied for a Peace Corps posting. Other retirees apply, but Johnston was 84 at the time. She was accepted into the Corps and headed off to Morocco, working for two years as a health and hygiene educator in a remote and primitive rural village. Known there as "the toothbrush lady," she also taught English, and created a school library. One of her astonished sons said, "Her early life gave little hint of her more adventurous old age." Five of her six children approved when she told them she was leaving for her overseas post; the youngest one asked why she couldn't just be normal. Johnston smiled and got on the plane.

A COMPASSIONATE WARRIOR #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut Paul Holton has served in Iraq again and again. First in tours as a U.S. Army interrogator in the 1990s, then in 2003 when his Utah National Guard unit was deployed there. Now he goes back time after time, on his own, as a bearer of gifts – school supplies, toys, clothes, whatever he learns that Iraqi families need. It all started when he gave a ragged, weeping little girl a stuffed monkey. She was joyful and Holton was hooked. Today his Operation Give moves needed supplies to families far and wide, "to bring hope and solutions to the deprived and disconnected people of the world, in many cases where the U.S. military operates." You can see what he's up to at

BECAUSE PUBLIC SAFETY MATTERS #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut Kit Foshee is the reason you know about "pink slime," the ammonia-filled gunk that some meat processors have been adding to ground meats. Foshee had a six-figure job as a quality control inspector at a meat processing company that was telling its customers that the ammoniated slime made ground meat safer to eat. Foshee's research, and that of a lot of other scientists, said that was far from true. When he called his company on it, he was told to sit down and shut up. He didn't. The company canned him, his wife left, and he's been sued for supposedly defaming the company. A mess. The company's lawsuit was against Foshee and against ABC News for interviewing him about pink slime, thus damaging their profitability. (ABC clearly has deeper pockets than the unemployed Foshee--the company sued for $5 billion.) ABC settled for over a billion bucks, with this statement: "Throughout this case, we have maintained that our reports accurately presented the facts and views of knowledgeable people about this product.") Foshee's take on the whole thing: "I thought it was the right thing to do and that the public had a right to know."

A RENEGADE GARDENER #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut Ron Finley is an artist and designer living in a part of Los Angeles that's been described as a "food desert" for want of access to fresh produce. Finley eyed the barren traffic median in front of his house and what he saw was 10 by 150 feet of potential vegetable garden. He started digging, planting, and harvesting. But what the city saw was illegal use of public property, never mind the public value of all the fresh produce Finley was giving away. When he was fined and ordered to undo his work, Finley called the press. Good sense prevailed and Finley's went on to get people doing "dig-ins" all over the city, even in other traffic medians. Let the good food grow! You can see what he's up to at

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