The Project Forgive Foundation was born from a little five-minute video that went viral, seen by tens of thousands across the globe.

The goal is to cause conversations of forgiveness that lesson political, racial, gender, and sexual orientation tensions that divide cultures. Our foundation is non-partisan and non-religious, encompassing all belief systems that promote community harmony as well as tolerance of different belief systems through conversations of acceptance and forgiveness.

Through fundraising, philanthropic giving and corporate sponsorship, the film continues to be completed. Upon completion, the work of the foundation will continue to advance the education and promotion of forgiveness while eliminating prejudice and discrimination.


Started by L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. 1ST President & CEO Derrick Boles in 2012, Stand Up America is a L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. 1ST movement whose mission is to challenge, educate and inspire community-based organizations and leaders to “Stand Up” to find solutions to social ills using community empowerment. The Stand Up America movement has four (4) target areas in which energies and resources will be focused: 1- Community Leadership, 2- Youth Empowerment, 3- Spiritual Development and 4- Health & Wellness.


HELPS International seeks to alleviate poverty by providing programs in healthcare, education, economic development, and products that are designed to “liberate” the home. HELPS’ programs are integrated into rural villages in Latin America to positively impact the indigenous population’s quality of life. HELPS’ approach to poverty reduction not only provides immediate relief but secures a brighter future for generations to come.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide and is voluntarily funded. In emergencies the organization delivers food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, they use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.

Established in 1961, WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. In 2011 we aim to reach more than 90 million people with food assistance in more than 70 countries. Around 10,000 people work for the organization, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry poor.

Executives In Action (EIA) is a nonprofit organization that leverages the talent and expertise of executives in transition, engaging them to serve as pro bono consultants to improve charitable organizations’ productivity, efficiency, and impact.

W.I.N. is an international women’s leadership organization inspiring women worldwide. With its leading-edge approach W.I.N. has become the reference for modern women working internationally, conscious men and world-class organizations active in the field of women’s leadership development and diversity & inclusion.

YWCA NCA The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
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October 7, 2013
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(Washington DC) – This month is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the YWCA National Capital Area has launched its first domestic violence campaign called “I Speak Up Because… .” This campaign allows us to hear directly from the community in the Washington DC area, from all ages, backgrounds and gender, about why they choose to speak up against domestic violence.

As many people know, domestic violence is any type of violent or aggressive behavior towards a spouse or partner that affects her/him mentally or physically. “In 2012, DC’s Metropolitan Police Department received more than 31,800 domestic violence related 911 calls – that’s 1 call every 17 minutes.” This doesn’t include victims who were too scared or injured to call. The “I Speak Up Because…” campaign is focused on encouraging everyone to speak up against domestic violence and receive immediate help!

View a short video -YWCA NCA’s “I Speak Up Because…”:

About the YWCA NCA: YWCA National Capital Area is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We offer programs that challenge women and girls to take charge of their health, economic stability and overall well-being. Throughout the metropolitan Washington area, our mission is to encourage women to recognize and realize their individual aspirations. The YWCA NCA offers education and training in adult literacy and workforce readiness; youth development initiatives that target adolescent girls, through mentoring and academic support and social skills building; and, our children’s center in northern Virginia nurtures children from ages 6 weeks to 5 years. We promote healthy lifestyles through health and wellness classes at our downtown DC headquarters and in communities throughout the metropolitan Washington area. The core of our work – and the reason we were founded – is to empower every woman and to promote social justice and advocacy. It’s about breaking barriers that impede women in realizing their full potential.