Humpty Dumpty Institute
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The Humpty Dumpty Institute is a unique non-profit organization dedicated to tackling difficult global and domestic issues by establishing innovative and strategic public/private partnerships that provide sensible solutions to serious problems.
Humpty Dumpty's partners include the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, various countries, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, celebrities, other leaders, and a host of other NGOs.
Based on a philosophy of providing long-term sustainable and holistic solutions, Humpty Dumpty's programs focus on overcoming humanitarian and development challenges. Humpty Dumpty's past programs have removed landmines and unexploded bombs, provided food to the hungry, delivered health care efficiently to the sick and impoverished, provided literacy and education for women and girls, improved animal conservation efforts and expanded public and cultural diplomacy.
Many of these programs have taken on a life of their own and become institutions in their own right, such as the Congressional Advisory Board which has now resulted in over 500 visits to the United Nations by sitting members of the Congress and Senate, and the Higher Education Alliance which, in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, provides over 300,000 students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with education on international affairs that they would not have otherwise received.
Merging and building upon the talents, skills and outreach of its many partners, Humpty Dumpty strives to "put the pieces back together" and provide resources, messaging, and outreach to improve the effectiveness of other international organizations. These resources include Humpty Dumpty's Global Creative Forum projects such as Music Matters and The International Film Exchange, as well as cause-related books with key sponsor Chicken Soup for the Soul and the Global Creative Forum itself. All of these programs engage the creative community in positive ways to promote peace and prosperity by communicating important messages through the compounding effect of entertainment. The Global Creative Forum, which was attended by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, President Bill Clinton, Nobel Laureates Wangari Maathai and Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, as well as key decision makers in Hollywood and artists including Demi Moore, Charlize Theron, Sam Jackson, and Michael and Kirk Douglas among others, resulted in the creation of the Creative Community Outreach Initiative at the UN, the Burkle Global Impact Initiative at UCLA and in television programs, such as Law and Order SVU and Ugly Betty tackling topics including malaria, child soldiers and human trafficking.
Humpty Dumpty's newest initiative seeks to improve child nutrition in the United States and elsewhere through "Breakfast at School," a program that provides free breakfast to school children through matching government grants.
It's 1998. Three guys are in the back of a bus riding through the horror and devastation of post-genocide Rwanda. It's the fourth stop of an around-the-world trek taking a hard look at the effectiveness of UN peacekeeping. The group of three social entrepreneurs has already decided to kick-start a new nonprofit dedicated to helping the disenfranchised and dispossessed around the world, and one that would be run on business principles, just like that Wall Street start-up called the Robin Hood Foundation.
But what to call this new organization? The guys were in a bleak mood – having traveled through four different war zones and with half the trip still to go. It seemed as if the world was broken, shattered into a thousand pieces.
"We have to work hard to put these pieces back together," said one. And the other said "How about Humpty Dumpty?" What better way to name an organization striving to put pieces back together?
The old English nursery rhyme made sense in another way as well. In country after country they had seen that "All the king's horses (read military) and all the king's men (read governments) couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together again" on their own. It seemed an outside organization was needed to help coordinate the efforts of these powerful institutions. With that recognition, a new and innovative non-profit, the Humpty Dumpty Institute, was born. Now governments have help from an organization with a serious purpose and a memorable name – designed so that you'll never forget it.
We all know that there are many wonderful organizations that work to solve the world's problems. For years we have been supporting a variety of these organizations through our books and by sharing our profits with them, and we will continue to do so.
But the Humpty Dumpty Institute has a special place in our world.
What makes Humpty Dumpty special to us?
First, we share Humpty Dumpty's focus on literacy (especially for women and girls), food, animals, and the environment. These are all issues we care deeply about. Our book, food and pet food businesses reflect these passions.
Second, we know Humpty Dumpty well. Our CEO was one of three co-founders of Humpty Dumpty fifteen years ago and is its Chairman today. Humpty Dumpty also has a long track record of success.
Third, Humpty Dumpty has the ability to do more with less. The organization continuously accomplishes big things efficiently and effectively with a small staff and budget. Here is a brief list of some of Humpty Dumpty's accomplishments:
- Cleared landmines and unexploded bombs from nearly 5 million square meters of land
- Fed 20,000 hungry school children every school day for three years
- Provided free healthcare through mobile medical units to 10,000 mothers and children
- Dug nearly 100 water wells, built latrines, and taught sanitation to 30,000 children
- Established over 100 gardens to supplement daily food intake of 15,000 children Built bridges between over 600 members of the US Congress and senior UN leaders by bringing them together for private meetings
- Educated thousands of college students about international affairs in cooperation with the UN and other international experts
- Connected the UN and Hollywood to amplify the UN's messages leading to shows such as Law and Order: SVU dealing with subjects including child soldiers, human trafficking and other important issues
Humpty Dumpty has done all of this and more with a staff of less than 10 people in its headquarters.
Finally, after years of changing lives one story at a time, we believe in the positive power of storytelling. Through the Global Creative Forum, International Film Exchange and International Music Exchange, Humpty Dumpty connects the creative community and the entertainment industry with the UN and others to encourage them to tell stories that amplify important messages and focus on critical issues. Humpty Dumpty also trains promising filmmakers from developing nations on filmmaking and storytelling, all of which is designed to help them share stories that promote the values that we all believe in such as fundamental human rights, the promotion of literacy and health, and the advancement of all people.
To us, Humpty Dumpty is an amazing organization that is small but mighty. It gives us hope that important problems can be tackled successfully.
Are we, like John Lennon, just imagining a better world that will never be? We are not sure we know, but we do know that there is no hope for this better world unless we all work on problems together. As a result, we are excited to work with Humpty Dumpty to make the world a better place for all.
Visit the Humpty Dumpty Institute at http://www.thehdi.org.