What do we stand for?
Leaders Yielding 2 New Knowledge
“We are a community of philanthropic mentors developing
causal leaders whilst connecting the dots for both sides
of non-profit transactions.”
- Philanthropic Investor Challenge
- Uncertainty of what cause to contribute to
- Uncertainty of organizational experience to impact
- Lack of investment transparency
- Lack of cultural sensitivity
- Corruption in governing areas of aid
- Corruption of organizational fund distribution
- Security of on ground resources & staff
Foundation Target Causes
- “How does my organization grow and perpetuate its message, allowing
my cause to stay relevant, funded and engaged?”
- Resource sparsity: food, clean water, shelter, education, power
- Ecosystem preservation/regeneration
- Women empowerment
- Community resilience
- Poverty reduction
Philanthropic Investor Solutions
- LY2NK leverages existing relationship equity developed over the years
- Access existing global knowledge of successful non-profit organizations
- LY2NK vets compliant organizations
- Access to mentors who have created successful organizations through a leaders-facilitating-leaders model with a philanthropic mission
- LY2NK vets organizational leaders (identified as Leader in Training, L.I.T.)
- L.I.T. is a program focused on developing strong role models and organizational leaders
- L.I.T. personnel is facilitated to implement their programs in an open, transparent model
- L.I.T. personnel are guided in organizational expansion and reach
Foundation Contribution Channels
- Land purchase and development
- Construction of schools
- Education program
- Nutrition & food development programs
- Human trafficking and sex trade prevention
- Ecosystem clean up
- Community development – entrepreneurship & employment
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Co-Founder, President, C.E.O. Tatiana Mersiadis
Co-Founder & Business Development Darren Jacklin
Vice President Ben Newman
Board Director – Treasurer & Secretary Don Winsor
C.E.O. Tatiana Mersiadis
C.O.O. Ben Newman
President, Co-Founder & C.E.O
As a retired educator, Tatiana Mersiadis grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and learned early on that teaching was her passion. She moved to Vancouver British Columbia from Montreal Quebec. She studied Education at McGill University and worked in many different school boards across Quebec and British Columbia. She was an educator for over 35 years, with a Bachelor of Education and Physical Education from McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec, a Diploma in French Education from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia and a master’s degree in Education from University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Passionate about making a difference in people’s lives, today, Tatiana is also working as a PhilanthroInvestor. She is committed in expanding her cash flow investment portfolio. Her Private Family Foundation called Leaders Yielding to New Knowledge (LY2NK) is helping support the creation and site of a new sustainable school in the slums of Kampala, Uganda, East Africa. Her life demonstrates to follow our dreams, no matter how great.
Co-Founder & Business Development
Vice President, Chief Development Officer
Board Director – Treasurer & Secretary
We Stand for Leaders Yielding to New Knowledge
Who We Are
We are a link between leaders in the business world, people who wish to give back and contribute to strongly vetted causes.
By linking causal leaders to businesses and individuals whose support they seek, we can develop longstanding interpersonal relationships ensuring the sustainability of that cause.
We solve these inherent challenges by connecting each side of the coin with well led, well-vetted and transparent causes, individuals and organizations.
Not enough people know where, or how to apply their passions and their resources where their desire-for-change lies.
A major challenge exists because these organizations vie against each other to clamber for the apparent scraps that are an individuals’ goodwill.
People’s vision can be limited by their understanding of the charitable giving process, cultural sensitivity and of business sense.
1) The Well-Wishers Dilemma; How do I know that what I am investing in will make a difference, and
where did my investment actually go?
2) The Causal Challenge; How does my organization grow and perpetuate it’s message, allowing my
cause to stay relevant, funded and engaged.
The Well-Wishers Dilemma vs Causal Challenge
The Well-Wishers Dilemma
Those who wish to “do good” with their capital, align their relationship equity and facilitate organizations who struggle to vet individuals who share the same values and goals. They want to make sure that their capital is properly invested, and to know what difference they are personally making in the lives of others.
The Casual Challenge
The organization is seeking support, but looking for longevity and also to build relationship equity with those seeking them. They need to learn how to do this in a complicated global arena; being compliant with high-level expectations, straddling cultural divides and understanding how and why philanthropists are willing to engage.
Hand-outs have limited value, where hand-ups pay longterm dividends.
LY2NK leverages the business skills and leadership training that we have received and teach within our business practices.
Next, we leverage our extensive knowledge of global non-profits and the vast relationship equity we’ve created over the years.
This is all funneled into a vetted and compliant organization where leaders are identified (LIT – Leader In Training). Time is invested in helping them become strong role models, and strong organizational leaders.
This LIT individual is assisted in implementing their programs in such a way to ensure openness and full transparency. They are also encouraged to grow as individuals via proxy their organization, whilst knowing they are fully supported.
“If you’ve been blessed; Learn to be a blessing”
- Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
- The first organization we have engaged with is a registered charity in Uganda, East Africa.
An agency agreement is in place.
Core Values: Education, sports/teamwork, equal opportunity, community development,
sustainability, self-sufficiency, health & wellness and skills development.
- Kids for Africa Sports Academy
- Uganda – Registered Ugandan Charity
- AKA: KFA or Kids for Africa
- Executive Director: Marvin Benjamin Asimwe
- Location: Massaja B Zone, Uganda
- Raised Capital to purchase land in partnership with Kids For Africa
#LandPurchase – $6,000 USD was raised to purchase a second acre of land for Kids For Africa Sports Academy. This is the first step in building a school to educate at risk boys and girls. This is part of an ongoing initiative to purchase upwards of 33 acres of land. Once built, this school and academy will house, feed, teach and coach hundreds of children. The school will provide skills training, and engrain community service and responsibility so that once they graduate, they can be successful members of society. KFA has found land that will enable them to be sustainable, and self-sufficient. They’ll also be able to teach this to upcoming youth, granting them strong survival skills, a leverageable marketable skill-set, and teach them community resilience. The land is to be held in the registered charities’ name: Kids For Africa.
- Kids For Africa Sports Academy
#GoldCup – We facilitated and donated the videography budget for the Gold Cup: a youth soccer tournament played on May.18th-19th, 2019. It was attended by 382 children. We were also pivotal in forming a relationship
between KFA and other sponsors who contributed directly via other corporate sponsorship.
- Kids For Africa
#GirlsNation – We raised funds for 11 teen-aged girls who could not afford sanitary napkins via lunch-and-learn programs executed by our outreach team in various cities in the USA. This supplies them with sanitary napkins
or one year that are made locally in Uganda.
- Exam Fees
#Education Project – We raised capital in April 2019, by paying for school fees for 3 low-income primary students in writing their grade-level exams to ensure they can continue their education.
- Outreach: Larry Yatch
#Speaker – February 28 & March 2, 2019
The Navy SEAL Secrets for Leading High Functioning Teams in Every Aspect of Life
To raise capital for Foundation use.
Offering guest ‘Mindset Training’
$1500 CAD was raised
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