Our Story

100% of funds our partners raise goes directly to their work.


One World Children’s Fund was founded in 2000 by Shanti Cliff, Patricia 'Savitri' Burbank and Michael Kilgroe, who, while traveling in India, were moved by the extreme poverty they witnessed. Knowing that effective change is possible when dedicated people work to transform their own communities, they visited several successful grassroots organizations working in villages to educate children and young mothers and to eradicate the underlying conditions of poverty.  

When they returned home, they founded One World and the champion program as a means to support the work they witnessed from these grassroots organizations. To this day, we continue to partner with the organization that inspired the founding of One World, People First in Bihar, India.


Our Founders


Patricia Savitri Burbank | Michael Kilgroe | Shanti Cliff

One World Staff

One World Global Consultants

Board Members

Advisory Counsel

The Advisory Counsel is a network of professional individuals that provide advice to One World staff, board, and volunteers on issues related to technology, philanthropy, international development, education, health, and more. One World believes in a participatory grantmaking model. As such, One World Advisors form part of the review committee responsible for vetting applications from potential partners and champions. To learn more contact, info@owcf.org. 


Almaz Negash, Founder, African Diaspora Network
Anne Firth Murray, Founding President, Global Fund for Women and Consulting Professor,  Stanford University
Chilu Lungu, Aerospace Engineer, General Electric
Chitra Rajeshwari, CEO Avasant Foundation, Former Board Vice Chair
Christabel Nsiah-Buadi, Writer, award-winning Radio Producer, Broadcaster, and the Founder of Awesome Little Beings
Colleen LaFontaine, Former Executive Director, One World Children's Fund
Evelyn Nassuna, Founder and CEO of Shared Action Africa
Howard Franklin, COO John Parker Investment
Janet Greig, Former Board Chair, One World Children's Fund
Jen Brokaw, MD, Founder, Good Medicine Consult & Advocacy
Ken Becker, Former One World Board Treasurer, Lawyer / Entrepreneur
Michael Kilgroe, co-Founder, One World Children's Fund
Obed Kabanda, Founder and Director, ACODEV
Patricia Foster, Executive Director, Girls to Women & Former Mayor, East Palo Alto
Patricia Savitri Burbank, co-Founder, One World Children's Fund
Pankaj Agarwal, President of ReCubed Consulting
Paul Strasburg, Founder of IDEX (International Development Exchange)
Rachel Humphrey, Rachel Humphrey Leadership Design, Philanthropy & Leadership Consultant
Sadock Johnson, Founder - Foot2Afrika, President-Tanzania Tour Guides Association, and Director - Safari Guide Experts
Sally Lieber, California State Assembly Speaker pro Tempore emerita
Shanti Cliff, Co-founder, One World Children’s Fund
Soren Gordhamer, Author and creator of the Wisdom 2.0 conference
Steve Player, Founding President, Foundation for College Education; Associate Director Planned Giving, Stanford
Tope Fajingbesi, Founder, Author, Impact Africa \ United For Kids Foundation, Nigeria
Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Founder/ Executive Director, Akili Dada, Kenya
Wylie Greig, Former One World Board Chair, Global Financial Executive, Deutsche Bank

Founders' Circle

One World is deeply grateful to our Founders' Circle members. Members provide a strong foundation to our work, and ensure the growth and sustainability of the One World mission. (Founders' Circle members have each made a pledge to support One World for at least three years, at a giving level between $1,500 and $25,000 / yr. To learn more about becoming a member and upcoming Founders' Circle events, please contact steph.heckman@owcf.org | 415 255 3014) 


Alex and Emily Jonas
Ann and Ken Emanuels
Armand and Eliane Neukermans
Barbara Whiteside Crary
Chip and Kay McIntosh
Chitra Rajeshwari and Peter Lauer
Christian Stefansen
Dawn Thomas
Debbie Pinkston
Erica Pearson
Frances Ho and George Yu
Frank Hathaway
Irene Hoover
Jane Reece and Paul Ossa
Janet and Wylie Greig
Jennifer Wilson
John Magee
John Parker and Nancy Hardesty


Joy Robinson
Judy Munzig
Karen Hagewood
Kate Strasburg
Ken Becker
Kiran and Priya Kamity
Linden Willis-Kilgroe and Leah Leonard
Luis Trabb Pardo and Sharmon Hilfinger
Margaret Schink
Mark and Shirley Kirchen
Noble and Lorraine Hancock
Patricia Burbank and Michael Kilgroe
Paul and Penny Barrett
Shanti Cliff and Paul Aurell
Spencer Commons and Martha Gates
Steve Gasner
Steph Allie Heckman
Susan Willis

Alliances & Partnerships