- 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 stories of heroes may be the oldest strategy in the world for motivating people into brave, compassionate action—and it works.
We offer you here—
- A free database of those real heroes. It's searchable—so you can easily dial up Giraffe Heroes by gender, location, age, etc. Want a collection of heroes' stories focussed on the environment? Or women's issues? Or peace-making? Or whatever? A few clicks and you've got it.
- A way to nominate a hero you've spotted
- Materials for classrooms from kindergarten thru high school
- Speakers for events
- Coaching tips to help you move into action yourself on problems that concern you
- News from our global partners
- Stories of courageous compassion that little kids can listen to, and
- Cool stuff you can buy—shirts, buttons, stickers and such.
- All those who/what/why details you'll want to check out when you have time.
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.
Help us inspire thousands more people to take action on the public problems that test our times—and give them tools to succeed.
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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.
More Giraffe Heroes
A Lifetime of Heroism
This is Sister Megan Rice, a nun for most of her 80+ years and a peace activist since the 1980s. She had been arrested more than three dozen times and had done time twice when she and two other peace activists performed what was called the most serious security breach in the history of US...more
A Brit in Thailand
35,000 Women, So Far
This is Catherine Hamlin MD, who left her home in Australia in 1959 to provide gynecological care to poor women in Ethiopia. At 90, she's still doing that, focusing on one of the most distressing medical/social issues imaginable: obstetric fistulas.
This is an injury that women can...more
A Hero of the New Ukraine
This is Hanna Hopko. She braved snipers' bullets in Kiev during a citizens' uprising that brought down a corrupt government there. Now she's leading a rapidly growing citizens' movement that's doing more than rising up and demanding...more
Imagine you're 11 years old and your body is twisting from scoliosis, causing you constant physical pain and making you look very different from other kids. You're scheduled for surgery to straighten your spine and your mom takes a "before" picture so you'll have a history of how you once...more
A Truthful Reporter
A Corporate Whistleblower
There were no protections for whistle-blowers in South Africa when businesswoman Wendy Addison reported her own corporate bosses for breaking the law. She was fired, got death threats, and was blacklisted, even in England, where she took her...more
Veteran (12-year-old) Environmental Activist
This is veteran environmental activist, Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez. He's 12. And he's been working to save his beloved Colorado for half of his life. It started when he saw that the forest near his home was changing. Trees were dying, plants...more
A First Nations Warrior
Allan Adam is Chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan nation, whose lands lie within Alberta, Canada. These First Nation people have formal treaty rights that protect their lands from being taken or used by outsiders, but that treaty has been...more
Sangduen Chailert, known as "Lek," puts in 18-hour days caring for sick and injured elephants in a protected reserve she co-founded, the Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand.
The dwindling elephant population is a world-wide...more
It’s an old story, unfortunately: A courageous person blows the whistle on a company that’s doing something harmful. The company ignores the harm it’s doing and exacts revenge on the courageous person. The courageous person is considered a hero by some but is probably out of a job and beset by...more
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