Vanguard Alums Winners of the American Giving Awards

Congratulations to Krochet Kids intl. for  winning the  ‘Community Builders Group’ & $500,000 from the American Giving Awards.

Non-profit organization Krochet Kids intl. (KKi) was selected as one of twenty-five charities to participate in the American Giving Awards hosted by Chase Bank, culminating in a TV special awards show December 8th on NBC.   KKi rallied support for their cause and invited votes on the Facebook-based platform November 27 – December 4.  The non-profit accessories brand that has successfully provided opportunities for communities in Uganda and Peru was looking to bring their life-changing model for empowerment home to the USA.

KKi has built a brand over the last five years focused on creating life-changing employment and educational opportunities to some of the most difficult areas in our world through the creation of their headwear and accessories line.  Over 180 women in Uganda and Peru are beneficiaries of this work and the organization is not stopping there.  Now that KKi has won the American Giving Awards they will be able to test their theory of change and empowerment for communities here in the USA.

“It has always been our goal to create a model for change that could exist in different contexts… we are excited to announce the plan to start a Krochet Kids intl. program here in the USA.  Through job creation and supportive education we look to pilot our work in communities here at home and create some amazing new product,” says KKi CEO Kohl Crecelius.

Vanguard is proud to announce their winnings and to support the efforts of this talented team; Stewart Ramsey ’08, Travis Hartan ’06 and Kohl Crecelius.

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