| March 24, 1982 (age 33) (1982-03-24) Columbus, Ohio, United States|
Powell, Ohio, United States
Miami University, Worthington Kilbourne High School
Emily Elizabeth Douglas Wikipedia
Emily Elizabeth Douglas (born March 24, 1982) is the founder and executive director of Grandma's Gifts Incorporated. She is from Powell, Ohio, and currently works for Battelle for Kids.
Grandma's Gifts is a charity organization that works to provide goods and services to children and families in Appalachia. To date, over 12 million dollars in goods and services have been provided. Additionally, over 650,000 books have been donated to needy children, daycares, hospitals, and libraries; more than 10,000 pounds of food have been given to families, battered woman's shelters, and food pantries. The organization is run by volunteer youth and young adults.
Douglas attended Worthington Kilbourne High School and received a B.A. in political science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2004, where she graduated Kappa Delta. She holds a Master of Labor and Human Resources degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
In 1993, Emily Douglas founded Grandma's Gifts in memory of her grandmother, Norma Ackison, who died of breast and lung cancer in 1991 at the age of 60. One of 11 children, Ackison was an infant when her father died. She survived during the Great Depression because of her neighbor's charity. When she grew up, she returned the kindness to others. Douglas stated that when she was a child, she would accompany her grandmother to the store to purchase canned goods and clothes for veterans. As a six-year-old, Douglas believed the goods were "for me". After her grandmother died, Douglas, at the age of eleven, "missed her so much, so I decided to [Grandma's Gifts] in her memory".
In the first year of Grandma's Gifts, Douglas wrote letters to her parent's friends who donated $300 to the cause. That year, she purchased Christmas presents and clothes for four impoverished children in Lawrence County, Ohio. Three years later, when Douglas was 14 years old, her parents drove her to a house that lacked phones to grant a boy's Christmas wish. The boy wanted a new coat, and after he received it, his mother wept. Thereafter, Douglas became devoted to charity.
Douglas has traveled and spoken to more than 2,000,000 adults and children across the United States about community service, youth activism, service learning, Appalachia, literacy, and her organization. She has testified before the Ohio General Assembly and the United States Congress. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and has received multiple awards for her work as a youth activist and young adult social entrepreneur.
Emily is currently the Director of Human Capital at Battelle for Kids. She also keeps the K-12 Talent Manager blog for Education Week, the world largest education focused newspaper, where she writes about strategic human resources, process improvement, leadership, and change management in education.
In 2014, Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Microsoft Education, named Emily a "Daily Hero in Education".
A list, by year, of the awards and recognitions presented to Grandma's Gifts or Emily Douglas on behalf of the organization and her work in education, health, and leadership.2010
Siena Medal from Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity
American City Business Journals's Forty Under 40 award
Glamour Magazine's Sally Hanson Best of You finalist
L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Finalist
People Magazine full page article, "Helping Kids in Appalachia"
Hannity's America as the Hero of the Week, Fox News
The Honorable Order of Cincinnatus
Volvo For Life Awards, Semi-Finalist
Featured as a guest speaker on Senator Bill Bradley's Sirius Satellite Radio Show, American Voices
International SERTOMA, Service to Mankind Award
Tri-State/Regional, Ohio, & Powell SERTOMA, Service to Mankind Award
American Profiles, Hometown Hero
Miami University, Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Temple Award for Creative Altruism from the Institute of Noetic Sciences
Seventeen Magazine Community Service Grand Prize Winner
Family Circle Magazine, Halo Award
Selected as a Giraffe by the Giraffe Heroes Project, as a person who all sticks their neck out for the common good
The American Institute for Public Service, Jefferson Award
The Hitachi Foundation's, Yoshiyama Award for Exemplary Service to the Community
Selected as a Paramount/UPN Network Millennium Mentor
Recipient of the Steak Escape Curious Kid Grant
National Child Labor Committee, Lewis Hine Award
President's Service Award, The highest non-military award given to a US citizen for public service
The Caring Institute, National Youth Caring Award
Volunteer Ohio, Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year Award
ReACT Take Action Award
Freedoms Foundation, George Washington Honor Medal
National Institute for Public Service Best Practice Model
Appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show as one of Oprah's Angels, in recognition of Grandma's Gifts
The Columbus Dispatch's Community Service Award
Worthington Optimist Club Award Recipient
Columbus Parks and Recreation Kidspeak, Community Service Award
Prudential Spirit of Community Award, National Awardee
Prudential Spirit of Community Award, State Awardee