The Gratitude Network

Leadership Accelerated

aka Gratitude Global   |   Pleasanton, CA   |


The Gratitude Network's mission is to transform the lives of children and youth around the world with a unique model: We help local non-profits through our Gratitude Fellowship: a free 1 year program for non-profit leaders and their organizations anywhere around the world. The program builds leaders’ confidence and capabilities and provides tools and processes for expanding the organization’s impact. Gratitude Fellows have increased leadership confidence and lead more effectively. They have more aligned teams ready to execute a multi-year strategic plan to take the organization to their next level – ultimately increasing the children and youth they impact.

Ruling year info


Founder & Chief Purpose Officer

Mr. Randy Haykin

Main address

349 Main Street - Suite 201

Pleasanton, CA 94566 USA

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Formerly known as

Gratitude Global



NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (T01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

“Entrepreneurship” has become a global phenomena. Social entrepreneurs are those who are focused on making social impact. Leaders who are addressing issues affecting children and youth have a variety of resources to assist them to develop their start-up organization. Once they start to grow and scale the organization, there are far fewer resources available for developing capacity and “scaling.” As a result, many organizations that set out to impact children don’t last long and find it hard to grow beyond a certain size. A recent study of 115 Mexican Social Enterprises revealed that 38.3 percent of the social enterprises survived less than one year, 45.2 percent lasted one to three years, 8.7 percent lasted four to six years. And why do they fail? • Lack of resources and infrastructure • Context • The board of directors Scale too quickly and the leadership creates organizational problems that will be hard to undo. Scaling before they are ready may cause the enterprise to fail.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Gratitude Fellowship : Scaling Up Curriculum

The Gratitude Network's mission is to change the lives of underserved children and youth around the world by identifying & accelerating the growth of high-impact social entrepreneurs in the US & worldwide working in 3 key areas: Education - Health & Well-Being - Human Rights. These social impact organizations receive a FREE 1-year Fellowship which includes: 1:1 Leadership Coaching with top-tier coaches, Scaling-Up classes to plan, execute and measure impact, Structured Peer-Networking with NPO & business leaders.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Jefferson Award 2021

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Gratitude Network is ultimately focused on improving the lives of children around the world.

Nelson Mandela said, “Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth who care for and protect our people.” June 3, 1995

Gratitude Network believes that every child is our future and the most critical way to improve the world is to improve the lives of children, insuring that every child has food, access to clean water, clear air, education—everything they need to grow to successful adults and impact their world.

We improve the lives of children through impacting the leadership of organizations on the ground throughout the world and empowering them to expand and reach more children and increase their impact. We believe our strategy is unique, but that our leverage model has the opportunity for leveraged impact.

Our original goal was to impact the lives of 50 million children by 2021. We are proud to say that we are on target to reach that goal and beyond.

The Gratitude Network is a Leadership Development organization that identifies “game-changing” growth stage social enterprises globally who are improving the lives of children and accelerates the success and growth of these organizations working in 3 critical areas (Education, Health and Well-being & Children's Rights) by supporting the leadership. We are on target to impact over 150 social enterprises by 2021, whose reach extends to over 50 million children.

Our strategy is as follows:
a. Initial focus on impacting children through leaders who’s organizations impact education, health and children’s rights - offering coaching services and a process for scaling the organization
b. Create an international community of leaders who support children and education so they can learn and grow from another, and bring them together in unique ways (physically and virtually)
c. Eventually move into new areas of social impact (women’s issues, environment, etc)
d. Eventually build a Foundation to work with our organization so that we can contribute to the scaling plans of the best entrepreneurs that come through our programs.

The purpose of the one-year Fellowship is to accelerate the growth of high-impact social entrepreneurs. Gratitude provides leadership development that leads to organizational transformation for scaling organizations that impact underserved children and youth globally.

Our approach is composed of multiple channels:

• Intense year-long 1:1 Coaching from a dedicated, professional business
Coach—they are matched with their Coach based on a number of criteria
• Assistance of Expert Advisors (experts in their field--Human Resources, law, tax, social media, marketing, sorry-telling, branding, fundraising, board development, etc.) to help solve current problems, issues, barriers they are facing that are impediments to growth.
• Periodic virtual Growth Seminars taught by industry leaders on subjects key to our cohort of leaders
• Peer-to-Peer support--our leaders meet to provide peer support and advice, as well as annually at our Leadership Summit.
• Our annual 3-day Leadership Summit where the Fellows engage with Coaches, Expert Advisors, Alumni, The Gratitude Team and others for 3 days of learning, networking, and a bit of fun
• An on-going Alumni program including
o Expert Advising
o On-going Peer mentoring
o Growth Seminars and
o The Leadership Summit

Quarterly peer calls are an important part of the program, where a highlight is the Leader Round-Table where a current "problem" is sourced, investigated, massaged, solutions offered and a strategy set for resolutions. The Fellows, together with the Gratitude Team, Coaches, Expert Advisors and Alumni gather for our annual Leadership Summit. When the Fellowship year end's, Fellows remain part of our Network via our Alumni program.

We work with multiple partners to help dentify potential leaders that meet our programmatic criteria to invite them to apply.

Our Founder, Randy Haykin, worked for 30 years in Silicon Valley coaching and investing in entrepreneurs. He found that there was little coaching and scaling-up advise for non-profits in the social sector, particularly for organizations focused on children and youth. In Gratitude's early years it was a part-time endeavor, testing the waters and various aspects of the program. In 2015, Randy and a group of primarily technology executives designed a legacy program to impact thousands of organizations, and thereby millions of children, around the world----and our Fellowship was developed. It has grown and been enhanced each year.

We currently have a team of 7 professional staff (working a combination of full and part-time). Ann Singer, our Director of Programs and Events has over 20+ years working, managing and developing non-profits. Arwen Thiel, our Director of Social Impact most recently worked for one of the top children’s foundations managing their programs that are similar to what Gratitude does today. Vicki Daughtry, our Director of Coaching and Learning Vicki has significant experience in project management, coaching and consulting. You can see more details on our team here:

We have a solid board of 9 supporting the organization’s work and guiding our own growth and scaling. Our board has 200+ years of experience and is well-balanced in their expertise. You can see the full board here:

In addition, we have a deep network of Coaches, Expert Advisors, volunteers and supporters that are at the ready to lend a hand, advise and inform our work.

To date we have worked with 110 impact leaders throughout the world. Our 2021 cohort is planned to be an additional 40 leaders, Bringing our total number of organizations worked with to 150.

The Gratitude Network Fellowship program seeks to impact the social entrepreneurs we support, their organizations, and ultimately the children and youth who are served. Therefore, baseline and on-going data related to all of these components is gathered. Our Fellows are from a diverse range of organizations that work with children in many different ways We track a wide-breadth of data to include the diversity of our Fellow organizations. We acquire detailed baseline service delivery data from applicants. Follow up data is tracked during the course of their Fellowship year, and for 5 years post-program.

We measure our impact in two ways.

First, through significant intake and exiting organization and personal assessments, as well as shorter and less detailed mid-year assessments, the leaders provide detail on their organizational, personal and team member strength and weaknesses.

In addition, we collect data at the onset of the program regarding impact data of the organizations themselves:

• Number of countries, cities, cites, etc. in which they are operating
• Number of schools, teachers, parents, children they work with annual
• Test scores, success rates (recidivism, employment, etc.) depending on the nature of the organizations work

The overall organizations’ impact is looked at to understand the levels of scaling achieved.

To date we have worked with 110 Fellows in more than 40 countries, whose work is impacting over 25 million children globally. Of these Fellows over 89% are women of color. Our Fellows report a 44% Increase in number of programs or products offered and a 65% Increase in number of program location sites.

Examples of our impact:

• After the year-long Fellowship MindLeaps, as a result of their development during our program has signed a contract with the UN to be offering their program to 10,000 refugee children in 2019.
• In the year immediately following their Fellowship year, Meghshala released an app to reach teachers and learners throughout India. As a result, Meghshala expanded into nearly every state in India and increased their impact from 6,000 to 600,000 students – a 9,900% increase. In addition, Meghshala increased their reach to teachers from 200 to 19,000 – a 850% increase and Meghshala’s volunteer and employee numbers expanded by 16%


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The Gratitude Network

Board of directors
as of 05/01/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Randy Haykin

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/14/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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