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  • EnCouraging Today’s Heroes / Training Tomorrow’s

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.

We offer you here—

Here's a short video of Giraffe Heroes' stories to give you a taste of the power of the inspiration they provide—inspiration the Giraffe Heroes Project has been sending across the world since 1984,


You believe in real heroes, right? Like the ones who inspired YOU?

So keep us going so we can inspire (and offer training) to thousands more people, sending them into action on the public problems that test our times.

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The Giraffe Heroes Project is an Accredited Charity of the Better Business Bureau. The Project meets all 20 of the BBB's strict Standards for Charity Accountability.

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Giraffe Heroes Recently on Facebook

Dr. Mara Leigh Taylor, Getting out by Going In (GOGI)


CalSouthern PsyD Graduate, Mara Leigh Taylor, talks about her organization Getting Out by Going In (GOGI). Please visit www.gettingoutbygoingin.org for more ...

Mara Leigh “Coach” Taylor has worked tirelessly through GOGI—Going Out by Going In—a program she's created to reach men, women, and children in prisons and jails, helping them make better decisions about their lives and preparing for successful reentries into society. When she's not in a prison, working with inmates, she's writing books and making presentations about her work that help others follow her lead in helping inmates remake their lives. #StickYourNeckOut #GiraffeHeroes Get the full story here: http://giraffeheroes.org/storybank-of-real-heroes?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&sobi2Id=1298

In 1988 Andrei Terentyev, a lifeguard at a Moscow swimming pool, convinced a team of volunteers to pay their own expenses so they could fly to Soviet Armenia and rescue people trapped under massive rubble following a devastating earthquake. Such volunteer efforts were unheard of in the USSR. Terentyev and his team saved 39 Armenian lives, risking their own lives repeatedly. #StickYourNeckOut #GiraffeHeroes Read the full profile here: http://giraffeheroes.org/storybank-of-real-heroes?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&sobi2Id=1027

When she was 12 years old, Camilla Taylor of Cleveland Heights OH started a children's petition for a bilateral freeze on nuclear weapons. Criticized by some as a dupe, Camilla also braved negative peer pressure to take her petition into schools here and in Eastern Europe, finally presenting 110,000 signatures from children in 41 countries to leaders of the US and the USSR. #youngGiraffes #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut Read our full profile of Camilla here: http://giraffeheroes.org/storybank-of-real-heroes?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&sobi2Id=168

Sigrid Ueblacker of Lakewood CO devotes her life to taking care of wounded birds and returning them to the wild. Her Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Foundation is one of the most successful programs of its kind, having cared for thousands of birds. Ueblacker works seven days a week and uses her own savings to support the birds. #StickYourNeckOut #GiraffeHeroes Read our profile of Sigrid here: http://giraffeheroes.org/storybank-of-real-heroes?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&sobi2Id=163

Lynne Oulman is fighting against the construction of a coal-export terminal near her home town of Bellingham, Washington. She changed her life from that of an artist, working quietly on her own, to devoting hundreds of hours and her own money to lobby officials, forge alliances, gather signatures, and gain support from local businesses to stop the terminal. #StickYourNeckOut #GiraffeHeroes Read the full story: http://giraffeheroes.org/storybank-of-real-heroes?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&sobi2Id=1336

Giraffe Heroes

Last Thursday, in Singapore, a full house for an evening of Giraffe Hero stories and Giraffe ideas on leading a life of purpose, hosted by the Mayor of Central Singapore, Denise Phua, here with GHP Founder Ann Medlock and GHI Director John Graham for the Q & A session that followed their talks.

That was a great launch, and Giraffe Heroes/Singapore has roared along, honoring their heroes ever since. Now Giraffe Heroes/Europe and Giraffe Heroes/Argentina have joined the Movement. Wahoo!

Pediatrician James Oleske of Newark NJ recognized in 1981, when AIDS was barely known, that he was treating babies and children who had the disease. Derided in the medical profession and dismissed by potential funding sources as a troublemaker who was causing hysteria, Oleske nevertheless championed the treatment of kids with AIDS, making sure they got proper care—and securing over time recognition that he was right. #StickYourNeckOut #GiraffeHeroes Read our full profile: http://giraffeheroes.org/storybank-of-real-heroes?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&sobi2Id=1229

Giraffe Heroes Europe

Our Giraffe heroes: Warhaftig, Zerach Zerach Warhaftig of Jerusalem, Israel, put his life in jeopardy to help thousands of Jewish refugees escape Lithuania during World War II. As governments and diplomatic missions crumbled, Warhaftig managed to arrange passports and safe passage for people being pursued by the Nazis for extermination. More on his story http://bit.ly/2EwgUCG More images #zerachwarhaftig #giraffehero #GHE #GHP #giraffeheroeseurope #giraffeheroesproject #changethrougheducation #changethroughperseverance #againstallodds #oneman #actionman #tellthestory

Giraffe Heroes/Europe has come online, sharing the stories of the continent's Giraffes, finding new ones to honor. Welcome GHE!

Darcee O'Hearn of Chilliwack BC was a kayaking Olympic hopeful until she hit a rock and plummeted over a waterfall, breaking three vertebrae in her neck. Months in the hospital helped her recover, and introduced her to people with similar injuries who remained paralyzed. While still on the mend herself, O'Hearn did a solo bicycle tour across Canada, raising money and awareness about spinal injuries. #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut Read more about Darcee here: http://giraffeheroes.org/storybank-of-real-heroes?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&sobi2Id=815

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