"The experimenting society: improving quality at scale in early childhood development programs in Latin America"
Hiro Yoshikawa, PhD
Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Education
New York University
Duncan and Cindy Douglass Campbell ’76 business have dedicated their lives, their work, and their resources to helping vulnerable children. Duncan grew up with adversity but found the resilience to succeed and as he built a comfortable life, he vowed to help other children. In 1993, he founded Friends of the Children, providing mentors to children as they begin school and sticking with them through high school. Now operating in Portland, Boston, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Klamath Falls, New York, and Seattle, Friends of the Children matches paid long-term mentors with children to help them become self-confident members of their communities.
Duncan and Cindy created an endowment in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences for a lecture series on Childhood Relationships, Risk, and Resilience that brings noted experts to campus. With the program launch of the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, their generous gift of $50,000 created the Cynthia Douglass Campbell and Duncan Campbell Fund for Relationships with At-Risk Children to support the work of faculty in the Center’s Healthy Development for Youth and Young Adults Research Core. A room at the new center is named in their honor.
“We have been very pleased with the use of our prior grant for research and awareness on Relationships with At-Risk Children,” says Cindy. “We were impressed with the quality of the college’s speaker series that focused on the at-risk youth across America. This recent gift was an easy one to make, as we always look for opportunities to leverage our money.”