John McCollum: Designed to advocate for the world’s most vulnerable children
“Early on, I acknowledged ‘I don't know what I’m doing’ and that was one of those things that was really helpful. I didn’t get the big picture of what this would become, so I was able to learn piece by piece.
I didn’t have any illusion that I had anything I could bring to the table that would help these people other than money — and I didn’t have much of that."
JOHN McCOLLUM, Executive Director, Asia’s Hope
John will jokingly refer to his decision to close down his design agency to take on the leadership role for a nonprofit organization that helps orphaned kids in Asia as taking the down escalator in terms of wealth, influence and success in business. Admittedly, it’s not a conscious decision that many of us would choose to make — John included. But what John discovered, first through adoption, and then by recognizing those who would never have that chance, led him on a journey half-way around the world to bring hope to some of the world’s most vulnerable children at risk of sexual and economic exploitation.
John’s story is about listening, feeling, and acknowledging that call on his life — and then having the faith to step out and actually do something about it.