National charitable organization welcomes entrepreneur and healthy living expert to its national board
Chicago, IL – Gift of Adoption Fund, a non-profit organization providing financial assistance to complete both domestic and international adoptions, is announcing the newest member of its Board of Directors. Ashley Walter, Owner of Living with Ashley, is bringing her unique entrepreneurial talents and leadership expertise to Gift of Adoption’s national board.
“Our national board members help us achieve optimal organizational outcomes, allowing us to provide adoption assistance grants for a greater number of children in-need,” says Pam Devereux, Gift of Adoption CEO. “Our Board of Directors equips us to reach critical fundraising goals and achieve consistent growth.”
Today, there are more than 150 million orphans in the world with 415,000 children in the U.S. alone living without permanent families. Gift of Adoption puts adoption in reach for more parentless children by providing the final funding necessary for adoptive families to welcome a child home. Through her role on the national board, Walter will help Gift of Adoption expand its national reach and place more children in nurturing homes.
Walter grew up in Northfield, Illinois; she currently lives in Chicago with her five-year-old daughter. She earned a Bachelor’s in Journalism from Miami University in Ohio and a Master’s in Holistic Nutrition from the Clayton College of Natural Health. Through her business, Living with Ashley, Walter works directly with clients and empowers them to make healthy living choices while also operating a successful digital lifestyle brand. For Walter, Gift of Adoption’s mission of uniting parentless children with their forever families is deeply personal.
“I was adopted at birth by my family and the woman who facilitated my adoption is my godmother,” says Walter. “I am overwhelmed every day by the selflessness of someone who carried me to, then give me what they considered a better life. I want to do that over and over again.”
About Gift of Adoption Fund
Gift of Adoption is a national charity that provides grants of up
to $15,000 to complete the adoptions of vulnerable children. Priority is placed
on helping children facing what is possibly their only chance at adoption,
including those at-risk of separation from siblings, entering foster care,
aging-out of an orphanage, or with special needs. Gift of Adoption is the
largest provider of adoption assistance grants on a nondiscriminatory basis
(without regard to age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or
marital status) and our grants are paid directly to adoption agencies and
attorneys working on the child’s behalf. Since inception in 1996, Gift of
Adoption has awarded $9.1 million to give 3,134 children permanent families and
the chance to thrive. Gift of Adoption is recognized by Charity Navigator and
the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. Visit www.giftofadoption.org to learn more.