THE STORY BEHIND GRASSROOTS CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION
In June 2016, Becky Johnson and Shara Sumnall established a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called Grassroots Children's Foundation (GCF). They believe strongly that God has called every child to live a full life, and in doing so, giving is a major part. GCF was registered in 2012 (In Uganda), with Ugandan government under child and women affairs department making it legal for operations.
Our purpose is to bless the lives of children in Uganda who are in need of a helping hand. The poorest among the poor. The children we serve live in several locations in Uganda, and are enrolled in boarding school. Our goal is to help the children reach their highest potential and teach them life-skills and self-reliance to be become responsible citizens, and end the cycle of poverty.
GCF is a donation-based orphanage with volunteers on the board of directors in Utah, Texas, and Arizona. As such, your faithful giving is what fuels our vision to transform these kids by giving hope.
MEET THE TEAM
Becky Johnson, (USA) CO-FOUNDER
Becky Johnson is the mother of 5 and grand mother of 12. She loves spending time with her family. She has managed retail stores and owned a daycare. Becky loves people and has spent years volunteering to help others work through difficult life challenges. She has a deep interest in learning new things. Her greatest belief is that enlightenment is not a destination but a result of realizing that you have the freedom to choose to look for solutions and opportunities rather than staying stuck.
Shara Sumnall, (USA) CO-FOUNDER
Shara Sumnall earned a B.A. from BYU in Humanities and has worked in accounting and legal firms. She was a GCF co-founder, offering guidance on administrative and 501c3 matters. She has three sons with her husband, Allan. They spend their free time on many interests including cycling, boating, music and athletics. “Together we can make a difference for those who need us, love is our universal bond.”
501(c)(3) GRASSROOTS BOARD
Randi Gerber, PRESIDENT
Randi Gerber is married to Tony Gerber and is a stay at home mom of 5 amazing children. She is owner and CEO of Peribella Naturals Skincare company, and Randi Gerber LLC. She is the author of Living the Healthy Life, and works as a Private Natural Health and Wellness coach. The money raised from her coaching is all donated to the “Grassroots Children’s Foundation.” Randi’s greatest passion is helping others be healthy, happy, and productive. She is passionate about life and living it to the fullest. She resides in Surprise Arizona.
Dustin Campbell, TREASURER
Traveling has always been one of Dustin's passions. Based in Utah, he has visited much of North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Dustin jumped at the opportunity to take a humanitarian trip to Uganda in 2017, visiting Grassroots Children's Foundation in Kampala. Dustin quickly connected with the children as they performed a choreographed dance with live music upon arrival.
As treasurer, his goal is to ensure the financial health and accountability of the organization. He works directly with a local financial manager in Entebbe, Uganda, to ensure that funds are properly handled.
Susan Campbell Pinkteron, SECRETARY
Susan became involved with Grassroots Children’s Foundation after hearing about her daughter Cristine and grand-daughter Meagan’s humanitarian trips to India and Haiti. Her life and perspective shifted greatly after visiting the orphanage in Kampala, Uganda with them in June, 2017. “I had always imagined visiting Africa, but now I have sweet voices, faces, and warm hugs to remember it. It was a treat to get to know them and to add supplies and experiences to their lives.” As secretary on the Grassroots board, she assists with the various needs.
Susan is a retired Marriage and Family Therapist, with a PhD in Family and Human Development. Her studies were valuable in supporting the children of Grassroots and can support us all. She is working on a book entitled Parenting Gaps with solutions for filling the developmental gaps we all incur from imperfect parenting. You don’t have to be an orphan to have unmet needs.
David Disralie, DIRECTOR OF PLANNED GIVING
David is a financial adviser, speaker and author. He and his wife Lara live in Austin, Texas, and have four adult children. He is the founder of 360NetWorth, Inc. in Austin. During his 35 year career he has started three companies, and advised hundreds of individuals and wealthy families on a wide variety of financial, tax and estate planning matters. David is excited about helping Grassroots Children’s Foundation cultivate lasting financial partnerships with community leaders.