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Keeping America Good

Anne Goddard | Posted 01.24.2017 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Add me to the list of those who have concerns about the years ahead, especially when it comes to our nation's desire - and willingness - to help thos...

Accusations of Voter Fraud Diminish America's World Standing

Anne Goddard | Posted 09.20.2016 | Impact
Anne Goddard

America's democracy, our social contract crafted with wisdom, prudence and foresight almost two and a half centuries ago, is the envy of the world. Th...

The Poverty of Play

Anne Goddard | Posted 07.28.2016 | Impact
Anne Goddard

With summer comes the real work of children: play. The simple act of playing, whether an organized game or spur-of-the-moment frolic, sets free in chi...

On Capitol Hill: Elevating the Voice of Children

Anne Goddard | Posted 05.12.2016 | Impact
Anne Goddard

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, thos...

World Water Day in a Time of Drought

Anne Goddard | Posted 03.23.2017 | Impact
Anne Goddard

This month's recognition of World Water Day - a day in which we acknowledge the fact that upwards of 1 billion people around the world do not have acc...

Beyond the wall: What's missing from our immigration debate?

Anne Goddard | Posted 03.01.2017 | Impact
Anne Goddard

The national debate over America's immigration policy has a cyclical nature to it, tending to spike during political seasons where the posturing is lo...

Is Our Fear of Terrorism Suppressing Our Compassion?

Anne Goddard | Posted 12.23.2016 | Impact
Anne Goddard

More and more, our national conversation about terrorism is taking on ethnic and religious overtones. That's what fear can do. It substitutes irration...

In Global Survey, Children Ask Adults to Love Them More

Anne Goddard | Posted 12.07.2016 | Impact
Anne Goddard

The survey gives voice to the concerns of children who are too often ignored, and they speak with a clarity and resonance that compels us to take notice.

The Case for Empathy

Anne Goddard | Posted 10.27.2016 | Impact
Anne Goddard

We cannot overcome the complicated by turning a blind eye to it. We cannot let our inability to help everyone prevent us from helping someone. Rather, we must let "the better angels of our nature" -- as Lincoln described them -- continue to drive the American character.

Protecting Refugee Children From the Failures of Adults

Anne Goddard | Posted 09.22.2016 | Impact
Anne Goddard

The children of Syria have lost their lives and homes and schooling and innocence -- they have lost the precious and fleeting years we call childhood. Children deserve the right to be children, and we must make this as much a priority as every other consideration during this tragedy.

Renewed Focus and New Goals Must Make Child Protection a Priority

Anne Goddard | Posted 07.17.2016 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Last month, UNICEF's most recent Progress for Children report provided a sobering reminder of the many challenges that remain in building a world that is safe, healthy and hopeful for the poorest children.

Two-Wheeled Dreams Have Lasting Impact

Anne Goddard | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Among our priorities in helping provide a better future for children in developing countries, one area of focus rises to the top: the protection of children. It's an issue we are tackling on many fronts... and sometimes on two wheels.

Baltimore's Lessons Have Global Resonance

Anne Goddard | Posted 05.19.2016 | Impact
Anne Goddard

The horizons of my professional life have always extended beyond our borders. This global perspective has shaped my views on the best ways to address some of the world's most intractable issues -- education, poverty, economic opportunity, health care.

How One Teenager Transformed a Village... And Her Future

Anne Goddard | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Propelling Kara's resolve was her tremendous capacity for giving. Giving of your time and money, providing pro bono services and expertise, sharing what is yours with others is for many, many people the foundation for happiness.

House Abandoned Americans Because #HomelessLivesMatter

Joel John Roberts | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Today, I wonder why America, a society that is so sophisticated, wealthy and compassionate, doesn't pick up its lost humanity on the streets and connect them with housing, and more importantly, the community of humanity.

Virtual Learning May Be Solution to Real Problem

Anne Goddard | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Global attention to the Ebola crisis in West Africa has exposed a critical problem that exists throughout that continent: the overwhelming need for more trained health care professionals.

Increasing Global Connectedness Through Trade and Investment

Anne Goddard | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Some of my fondest memories as a parent were of reading to my children. They would snuggle up next to me with book in hand, excited for me to take them deep into stories told in words and pictures.

Children Lend Their Voices to Call for Greater Protection From Violence

Anne Goddard | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Children are perhaps the most objective observers of the world around them. They understand the threats to their safety. They see their governments and adults as failing in their responsibility to protect them. They recognize that forced labor and forced marriage deny them the chance for a better life.

25 Years Later, Children's Rights Still Lacking

Anne Goddard | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Anniversaries provide important milestones for taking stock, and on this one, it's clear that there is still much work to be done - that in many places around the world, the promises have turned out to be empty ones. At least, so far.

Is Ebola's 'Yuck' Factor Suppressing Americans' Compassion for Victims?

Anne Goddard | Posted 01.04.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Why has the growing and vital need to help treat and contain Ebola elicited such a temperate response from within the United States, especially given our long history of compassion?

World's Children Echo Call for Making Child Protection a Global Priority

Anne Goddard | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

That famous old observation -- "Everybody talks about the weather but no one does anything about it" -- has reminded me of the ongoing discussions about protecting children from violence.

Children as a Priority

Anne Goddard | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

When violence among adults causes the death of children, when millions of children are dying from causes we can prevent, and when children are being subjected to untold forms of abuse, we must examine our priorities and recommit ourselves to ensuring that the most vulnerable among us are also the most protected.

The Strive for Five: In Support of Maintaining Foreign Assistance to Help Children Survive and Thrive

Anne Goddard | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

This year, more than 6.5 million children will die before age 5. That is nearly 18,000 children each day.

Cleaning up Ethiopia -- One Car at a Time

Anne Goddard | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

For many years, Ethiopia was the poster child for futility. Hip deep in the mire of cross-generational poverty, the eastern African nation never could find the kind of traction that was allowing so many of its sub-Saharan neighbors to find a foothold toward progress.

Gates' Prediction About Ending Global Poverty Is Built On Progress Already Made

Anne Goddard | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

In the annual shareholder letter of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation released recently, the couple made a confident prediction that has raised more than a few eyebrows and invited a chorus of cynics.