The World Forum Foundation is a tax-exempt 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to promote an on-going global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services for young children in diverse settings.  The work of the Foundation is accomplished through the work of hundreds of volunteers in over 100 countries and through the generous financial support of donors and sponsors.

World Forum Foundation - a Force for Change in the World

Our 2020 Action Plan.

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The World Forum Foundation (WFF) is committed to improving the life chances of all children throughout the world by connecting, informing and inspiring the adults who support their growth and development.  In its first 20 years, WFF has launched global initiatives for change on leadership, advocacy, health, curriculum, gender, peace building, inclusion, children without homes, Indigenous cultures, nature, design, and children’s rights.


Join us as we build on the remarkable achievements of the first 20 years of WFF with a 2020 Action Plan to raise $200,000 by 2020 in order to foster WFF core values, promote diversity in all WFF activities, and strengthen connections in the global ECD community.

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David Gleason Fellowship Fund

David Gleason was the first President of, and among the first significant donors to the World Forum Foundation.  Gleason’s deep commitment to serving homeless children through his leadership of the Bright Spaces project of Bright Horizons was truly awe-inspiring. The World Forum Foundation created the David Gleason Fellowship Fund in 2016, with the goal of raising funds to support the participation in the 2017 World Forum of early childhood professionals serving children who are homeless, stateless or living in refugee camps.

This initial appeal raised over $25,000 and enabled the participation of early childhood professionals from Lebanon, Nepal, Mexico, South Africa and Afghanistan.  The stories they shared at the 2017 World Forum were moving and inspiring.  To get a sense of their impact, check out the presentations below.

Challenging Delegates to Care for Children without Homes. Elsa Chahin, Mexico

Serving Children of Imprisoned Parents.
Indira Ranamagar, Nepal

Leadership in Refugee Community.
Rana Ismael, Lebanon

For the 2019 World Forum in Macao we have redoubled our commitment to exploring solutions for children in these traumatic circumstances.  Today, with the well wishes of the Gleason Family we are launching the second round of the David Gleason Fellowship Fund.

“As preparations are made for The World Forum in Macao, my children, Kelly, Casey, Colleen, and Conor, and I, would like to thank those of you who have contributed to, and will contribute to, the David Gleason Fellowship Fund. We appreciate your participation, which allows, and has allowed, caregivers of children who are homeless, stateless, and refugees, to attend and make a positive impact on The World Forum. David had a special place in his heart for these underserved children, those who nurture them, and for the World Forum. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  We are including a $500 donation to kick start the second round of this Fund.” 

–  Corinne Gleason

We invite your contribution to the tax exempt David Gleason Fellowship Fund.  All donors will be recognized on the World Forum Foundation website and in the 2019 World Forum on Early Care and Education program.

Gleason Fellowship Fund

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Voices of Children Documentary

Filmed in locations around the world, the Voices of Children short documentary film expands on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child by advocating for a more inclusive view of children's rights from the perspectives of the children themselves. The international educators and filmmakers involved in this project have committed to offering the film for free to download or stream so that it can be used as a provocative discussion tool by advocates, teachers, policy-makers, and teacher educators. Your donation will support this work, including future efforts by the team to share the Voices of Children experience through different media. 

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Fellowship Fund (2019 World Forum in Macao)

Event donations help support the World Forum as well as help underwrite the cost of fellowships awarded to early childhood professionals from situations with limited resources. Learn More about events.

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