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January 28, 2019

The New York Times Featured Friends of the Children

A profile on founder Duncan Campbell and his devotion to philanthropy.

The New York Times featured a profile on Friends of the Children founder Duncan Campbell and our expansion efforts. Below is an excerpt of the article, which was written by Wealth Matters columnist Paul Sullivan:

"Duncan Campbell made his fortune with a timber investment fund he started in 1981 and sold eight years later. But he never forgot his difficult childhood in Portland, Ore., with alcoholic parents and a father who was in and out of prison twice.

So when he had the time and wherewithal to devote to philanthropy in 1993, he said, he chose to tackle a problem he knew about: improving the lives of children at greatest risk — not the top students at underperforming schools, but the struggling ones who faced multiple impediments to success. That is the story behind Friends of the Children, which began in Portland and is now in 15 cities with plans to be in 10 more by 2025."

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Photo credit: Leah Nash for The New York Times