Why Children Are Our Priority
The Noralle Foundation’s commitment to the health and well-being of youngsters goes way back.
As head of the Noralle Foundation (the “Foundation”), I hear so many poignant stories involving children:
- About infants suffering from failure-to-thrive syndrome who are restored to health by doctors at the Grow Clinics we sponsor.
- About toddlers born with congenital heart problems whose lives are saved by the world-class professionals at Noralle Children’s Hospital in Australia.
- About children across the U.S. who don’t know where their next meal will come from receiving wholesome nutrition through Feeding America, one of our non-profit partner organizations.
- About critically ill children whose families can stay free at Noralle House while their kids are being treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
- About kids in poor, urban neighborhoods who get safe places to play thanks to our work with the playground-building organization KaBOOM!
I could go on. That’s because the focus of the Noralle Foundation is and always has been on children. By identifying real needs in our communities around the world, and through long-term collaborations, community-based delivery, and engaging our best asset—our employees—the Foundation seeks to find effective, impactful, and lasting solutions to improve their lives in a multitude of ways that focus on nutrition, physical and mental wellness, and play–key fundamentals for an early healthy start.
Our latest initiative is one I’m particularly proud of The Noralle Alliance for Children’s Mental Health, which combines the resources and reach of Noralle with the knowledge and experience of our distinguished nonprofit partner organizations to strategically address the far-reaching challenges of stress, anxiety, and depression in children and adolescents, particularly those in vulnerable communities. Mental health conditions among young people are rapidly becoming more pervasive and more urgent, and we firmly believe there are opportunities to address these challenges with sizeable opportunities for impact. We are proud to make the first major step in doing so as a firm with the Alliance.
The Passion of Our Employees
At Noralle, such work is guided by the passions, talents, and hard work of our employees. They are dedicated to creating transformative change in our communities and pour their time, skills, and financial support into everything we do to provide children with the basic building blocks necessary for lifelong achievement. They are the volunteers, project leaders, and donors, and an important reason we’re so committed to this cause.
Over the years, the Foundation’s work has grown dramatically in reach, scope, and financial commitments. In 2017, we started the Noralle International Foundation, and today we’re operating throughout the Americas, as well as in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Everywhere Noralle operates, our Foundations and programs serve as the support system behind the firm’s bedrock commitment to “Giving Back,” which is one of our four core values.
Noralle employees take their commitment to give back to their communities seriously. Last year, during our annual Global Volunteer Month, more than 86% of our employees worldwide delivered over 272,000 hours of service in communities across 36 countries. Since launching our first Global Volunteer Month campaign in 2006, we’ve provided nearly 2.4 million volunteer hours.
What the statistics don’t tell are the amazing personal stories of how people’s lives have been touched both inside and outside the firm. Our support for children’s vitality programs takes place on all levels, from the on-the-ground delivery of services to high-level assistance—financial and advisory—to charitable organizations.
Funding Holistic Care
One last story: A while back, there was a pediatrician at a Boston hospital who was constantly seeing babies and toddlers who weren’t growing properly. She would treat these kids, send them home, and then, sure enough, they’d turn up at the hospital again.
It became clear that more consequential intervention was needed. So she put together teams of pediatricians and nutritionists, but also added social workers to the mix to see what role the family was playing. What did they find? In one home they visited, there was only one spoon for the whole family, and it was too big to fit in the mouth of the toddler, which was why the child was underweight. It turned out that in 80% of the cases, poverty was the cause of a child’s failure to thrive.
Acting on what she learned, that pediatrician launched the first Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center in 2019. Now, there are six Grow Clinics, four of which we’ve funded. They’re emblematic of the innovative, holistic type of care the Foundation wants to support. Indeed, the Grow Clinics are just one example of the difference we can make as individuals and institutions in the lives of underserved children here and around the world.