Giving: From Generation to Generation

Peggie decided to fundraise for Vitamin Angels after her daughter, Jill joined us on a trip to Uganda to see first-hand how vitamins are changing the lives of mothers and children. Read on to learn more about Jill's trip to Uganda, and how individuals and companies are being compelled to make an impact.

By Amber McEldowney

 

Every year, Peggie chooses to donate her birthday to charity.  This year, she decided to fundraise for Vitamin Angels after her daughter, Jill (pictured above) joined us on a trip to Uganda to see first-hand how vitamins are changing the lives of mothers and children.  “As I turn 60 tomorrow,” Peggie announced on her fundraising page, “I am counting my blessings and giving joyful thanks for having been blessed with 4 children and now a granddaughter, all with access to excellent medical and nutritional support.”



Jill and her business partner, William J. Hood of William Hood & Company have established a long-term partnership with Vitamin Angels. In a video recorded in the field, William recalls some of the challenges faced by the families they visited in Uganda, most of whom live in small huts and cook meals on wood stoves with no ventilation.  

He compares his philosophy on charity to his business approach, citing the importance of return on investment. “If I can apply a dollar towards a prenatal vitamin,” he explains “the impact on that young woman and then as that young woman grows and has an impact on the community, the return on that dollar I invested is incremental.”

To sum up her experience with Vitamin Angels in Uganda, Jill recounted a quote by Father Greg Boyle that Vitamin Angels founder, Howard Schiffer, shared on their first night. "You don't go to the margins to make a difference. You go to the margins so that the people at the margins make you different."

Namudu Rahuma and Nangobi Sophia, a mother and her child we met in Uganda

Many families cook their meals on wood stoves on the ground with no ventilation

"when you put all those brains together, and you think about how we can work together... that’s when real impact can be created"

Both William and Jill have shared how those they met in Uganda impacted their lives and recently presented at the Nutrition Business Journal Summit, urging the entire industry to support Vitamin Angels’ efforts. And while Jill was inspiring business leaders to sign on, her passion translated to her personal life and inspired her mom, too.

With the support of individuals like Peggie and companies like William Hood & Company, Vitamin Angels can make a difference in the lives of tens of millions mothers and children each year.  

“For the world to develop the way that it needs to government cannot do it alone, NGOs cannot do it alone and the private sector cannot do it alone... when you put all those brains together, and you think about how we can work together in a way that is sustainable both for the organizations and the beneficiaries they reach, that’s when real impact can be created” -William J. Hood

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