About Us 2018-01-12T04:03:41+00:00

Bringing hope to international communities through partnerships between people who can help and people who need hope.

Our Approach

Global Partners in Hope (GPiH) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Led by visionaries with decades of overseas experience, GPiH exists to meet the tangible needs of people in communities across the globe, delivering real, sustainable hope.

We accomplish this by:

  • Strategically identifying global communities with significant needs where local leaders and officials are willing to partner.
  • Cultivating meaningful relationships with these officials to open doors and gain access to their communities.
  • Collaborating with these leaders to identify tangible projects to deliver sustainable impact in the communities.
  • Identifying partners in the U.S. who are able to facilitate the successful completion of the project.

Our Partners


Our partners are everyday people who want to make a difference. These individuals are part of a variety of communities, including  public schools, universities, corporations, churches and government entities. They all share our vision of offering lasting hope.


We partner with high-level, influential leaders who are able and willing to provide GPiH with the critical support and access necessary to make a difference.

Our Identity

  • GPiH believes that a holistic approach to international community development is critical to healthy change.
  • GPiH responds to significant needs in under-resourced countries. When we discover new opportunities, we quickly mobilize resources to launch high-impact projects.
  • Our success is based on our international team of leaders. Our future success will come from the relationships we are building today.

Our Values


Openness, dependability and integrity in all of our partnerships.


Coming alongside those in need and working together to find solutions.


Providing consistency in a challenging and ever-changing world.


Seizing today’s opportunities to build the promises of tomorrow.

Board of Directors

Roger Atwood, Chairman – Mr. Atwood is a co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Global Partners in Hope. Roger and his wife Jill live in Surprise, Arizona.  They have four adult children.

Ian Vickers, CEO – Mr. Vickers is a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Global Partners in Hope. Ian and his wife Joanna live in Omaha, Nebraska with their three children.

Don Swanson – Mr. Swanson is a partner with the law firm of Koley Jessen in Omaha, Nebraska, and is a co-founder of Global Partners in Hope. He and his wife Marilyn live in Omaha, Nebraska and have two adult sons.

Mark Warner – Mr. Warner is the Vice President – Finance, Consumer Supply Chain, for ConAgra Foods. Mark and his wife Karen live in Omaha, Nebraska with their two children.

Dr. Trent Wachner – Dr. Wachner is an Assistant Professor of Marketing and Management at Creighton University. Trent and his wife Susan live Omaha, Nebraska with their four children.

Kevin Murphy – Mr. Murphy is Director of Sales at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Kevin and his wife Cassidy live in Dallas, Texas.

Kirk Murray – Mr. Murray is the Vice-President of Ministry Champions and Ministry Champion for Global Outreach for FamilyLife Ministries. Kirk and his wife Lynn live in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Dr. Wes Grigsby – Dr. Grigsby served as Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Creighton University Medical Center for 25 years, where he also served as hospital Chief Medical Officer.  He founded EPOWERdoc, an Emergency Department Information System, in 1989, and currently serves as its CEO.  He lives in Omaha, Nebraska, and has three adult daughters.

Bob Scharf – Mr. Scharf and his wife Gayle have four children, and live in Gretna, Nebraska.

Dr. Scott Moats – Dr. Moats is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Crown College in Saint Bonifacious, Minnesota. Scott and his wife Sheryl live in Saint Bonifacious and have two adult children.

Linda Scholting, Controller – Mrs. Scholting works is Director of H.R. & Finance/Controller at UNMC Physicians, and lives in Springfield, Nebraska with her husband Chris and three daughters.

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