Who we are…
Our mission is to inspire sustainable solutions to improve lives. Project High Hopes supports innovative programs aimed at improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities in the United States and abroad.
How we work…
Many good ideas never have a chance to make a great impact. As a private operating foundation, Project High Hopes not only provides funding, but also contributes resources in the areas of strategic planning, relationship building and administrative oversight to develop demonstration projects which have strong potential of becoming sustainable over time.
Where we’ve been showing impact…
Inspiring High School Student Leaders
Inspire US was launched in early 2013 with the hope that today’s high school students can be inspired to control their own destinies; to have better futures; and to improve the governance of our nation.
Inspired students learn about voter registration and how to help their peers either register to vote or pledge to register when they come of age. They plan events for National Voter Registration Day; they make classroom and assembly presentations; and they role-play in election simulations.
In the second half of their Inspired Year, they participate in student-designed civic action projects. In their own schools, and then across the states and regions, they develop a shared desire to address specific community problems and connect the role of voter and elected officials.
Helping America’s Veterans
As many as 20 percent of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have sustained some type of traumatic brain injury. With the Naval Hospital Balboa, Camp Pendleton, Making Cognitive Connections, veterans support organizations, and caregivers, this program has supported the use of state-of-the-art computer and smart phone technologies to enable veterans with speech and cognitive disorders to regain confidence and control in managing their daily lives.
Fighting Infectious Diseases
In an effort to impede the growing failure of traditional antibiotics to halt previously controllable bacterial infections, an academic research project at Yale University is currently underway to develop virulence-targeted antibodies. Early data suggest promising implications in treating chronic infections in humans and animals.
In conjunction with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, a clinical trial is underway to study the efficacy of using Hylenex-assisted subcutaneous infusion in treating adults and children with moderate-to-severe dehydration (typically resulting from Cholera) in rural western Kenya. The trial has already proven to offer life-saving treatment to a number of individuals, particularly infants, in the region. The study’s lead researcher, Dr. Thomas Burke, recently prepared a manuscript for submission to a prestigious medical journal and was notified in August 2016 that the paper has been approved for publishing.
Project High Hopes is also working with Dr. Burke, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization (WHO) to address the alarming incidence of death resulting from post-partum hemorrhage (PPH) by developing a simple, very low-cost device that can be administered by mid-wives supporting women in rural areas of Latin America.
Helping High-Risk, Low Income Seniors
Thriving Downtown, begun in 2014, is a program to help those who are discharged from hospitals, assisted living facilities and rehabilitation centers. More often than not, these people require assistance to get themselves connected with other existing social services so they can live as independently, and with as much dignity, as possible. The program director and/or his assistant follow clients home after their discharge where they assess short and long-term needs, such as medical equipment, prescription medication management, nutrition, socialization, follow-up visits to doctors and other transportation requirements, and/or in-home health care services.
What makes us unique…
We don’t ask for money from others without first investing in projects ourselves. We believe that impact “attracts.” By showing our commitment to making the most of our resources–time, money and passion–we feel confident in asking others to contribute to the growth and enrichment of our programs.