World Connect was founded in 2003 by Chairman Emeritus Bill Haney and Dr. Kim Wilson along with Julia Haney, Amelia Haney, Emily Nuss, and Sarah Nuss. At its founding, World Connect was working to improve maternal and infant health outcomes in the Dominican Republic. In 2009, the organization expanded its focus and began partnering with Peace Corps Volunteers and community leaders to fund locally designed and led projects across the world to improve health, increase access to education, especially for girls, advance economic opportunity and protect the environment. To date World Connect has made 1,759 investments in Global South communities across 40 countries -- 95% of which have achieved intended goals, 85% of which have sustained in the years beyond the first investment, and 70% of which were led by first-time-ever grant award winners. World Connect has always valued proximate leadership and ownership of community-led progress and this philosophy is the cornerstone of our success to date. The Haney family, Irene, Bill, Maura, Julia and Amelia continue their generous support and advocacy for World Connect.