Healthy Children Play Outside

"70% of mothers recall spending time outdoors every day as children, while only 31% of their children do."  –National Geographic 

"The average American boy or girl spends as few as 30 minutes in unstructured outdoor play each day, and more than seven hours each day in front of an electronic screen."  –NWF

The swiftly dropping percentage of kids who are getting enough time to play outside is alarming to parents and teachers in communities across the nation. Nature is vital to the health and happiness of human beings. This universal truth is being further cemented by recent studies in psychology and physical health. While spending time outdoors proves to be beneficial at every stage of life, it is most crucial for young children. Being active and spending time in nature allows children to absorb Vitamin D, develop social skills and get the exercise they need. lists over 700 grants for children, in support of their healthy growth and development.

In-Kind Grants to Nonprofits, Schools, and Municipalities to Create Outside Play Areas

Grants to design and build playgrounds and play areas for children. Funding source will facilitate and support organizations in developing and building a playground.  Deadline:  Ongoing

Grants to Michigan Agencies, Schools, and Tribes for the Development of Public Outdoor Recreational Facilities

Grants starting at $30,000 to Michigan government agencies, schools, and tribal organizations for the development and acquisition of outdoor recreational areas benefiting the public.   Deadline: 4/1/17 

Grants to USA K-12 Schools to Increase Physical Activity and Promote Nutrition for Students

Grants of up to $1,000 to USA K-12 schools for programs and initiatives that increase student engagement in physical activity and that promote healthy eating habits for students.  Deadline:  4/7/17

Browse more sports and recreation grants

The National Wildlife Federation outlines these health benefits that children receive from outdoor playgrounds and play areas:


  • Outdoor play increases fitness levels and builds active, healthy bodies, an important strategy in helping the one in three American kids who are obese get fit.
  • Spending time outside raises levels of Vitamin D, helping protect children from future bone problems, heart disease, diabetes and other health issues.
  • Being out there improves distance vision and lowers the chance of nearsightedness.


  • Exposure to natural settings may be widely effective in reducing ADHD symptoms.
  • Schools with environmental education programs score higher on standardized tests in math, reading, writing and listening.
  • Exposure to environment-based education significantly increases student performance on tests of their critical thinking skills.


  • Children’s stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces.
  • Play protects children’s emotional development whereas loss of free time and a hurried lifestyle can contribute to anxiety and depression.
  • Nature makes you nicer, enhancing social interactions, value for community and close relationships. 

For children to be physically fit, socially adept and strong in mind, they must experience time playing outside. This simple truth presents a challenge for parents and teachers in communities lacking in outdoor play areas and accessible fitness programs. grant listings offer a variety of options to increase the amount of time and frequency kids are spending outside. 

Are you involved with a nonprofit or school that works to improve the physical and spiritual health of children? Perhaps you've heard of a mission in your community to build an outdoor playground or launch a fitness program for the local kids? Browse the available grants for children in your area on today!

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Presidents’ Day Historical Quirks

Happy Presidents' Day!

While you may shake your head at unconventional tweeting, what would you think about John Quincy Adams who took full advantage of the White House's proximity to the Potomac River by wading through the river nude almost daily at 5:00 a.m.? Or Warren Harding who really liked to gamble, and in one poker game bet the White House china collection and lost it all, in one hand. How about a President Herbert Hoover who spoke Mandarin Chinese fluently with his family and would speak Chinese around the White House to prevent others from understanding them?

Ulysses S. Grant

Imagine the news feeds of today if a sitting president (as was the case with Ulysses S. Grant), was locked up and fined $20 for a speeding ticket for riding his horse too fast?

We remember Ulysses S. Grant and all our past presidents today with honor for their considerable accomplishments.

While Donald Trump is the oldest president in history to take office (age 70), Ulysses S. Grant was then the youngest president of his time, elected for a first term at the age 46.

He is celebrated as a war hero and recognized for stabilizing the nation during the turbulent Reconstruction period. Sound familiar about the daily turbulence of present day, USA? 

Yet, we cannot grant homage to this historical figure without raising a brow at his equestrian indiscretion.

Are these presidential tidbits of interest to you? Are you a history buff? 

Browse a plethora of historical grants available to nonprofits, students and groups to further knowledge and preservation of history on

Grants to Mississippi Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs for Culture, Heritage, and Tourism Promotion

Grants of up to $24,500 Mississippi nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and IHEs to preserve and promote the culture and heritage of the Mississippi Delta region.  Deadline: 3/20/2017

Interested in learning more about Ulysses S. Grant's home state of Ohio?

Grants to Richland County, Ohio K-12 Teachers for Projects in Music, Literature, Writing, and History

Grants ranging from $500 to $1,500 to Richland County, Ohio K-12 teachers for projects in music, literature appreciation, writing, or Ohio history.  Deadline: 4/13/17

The history of the fine and lockup:

From a very young age, Ulysses S. Grant showed great aptitude in horsemanship. Following the expressed dis-interest in working at the family tannery business, he was sent to West Point at the age of 17. Grant had a strong understanding of geology and mathematics, yet struggled in other areas and received several demerits for sloppy dressing. He graduated in 1843, the 21st of 39 West Point graduates. Throughout youth and into his adulthood, Grant continued to excel in horsemanship. 

Are you a horse-lover, too? 

Contest for USA Animal Welfare Organizations for Events that Raise Awareness of Homeless Horses 

Contest to win up to $25,000 for USA equine rescues and sanctuaries that hold community events between April 21-26, 2017. The events can be geared toward education, training, or family-friendly fun, and are intended to raise awareness of the plight of homeless horses. Deadline: 4/1/2017

Memoirs from William West, the officer who cited our 18th president for equestrian speeding: 

West caught Grant’s buggy booking it at “a furious pace” past the corner of M and 13th Streets. America’s top elected official was almost immediately pulled over. 

“Mister President,” said West, “I want to tell you that you were violating the law by driving at reckless speed. Your fast driving, sir, has set the example for a lot of other gentlemen. It is endangering the lives of the people who have to cross the street in this locality. Only this evening a lady was knocked down by one of the racing teams.” Duly reprimanded, Grant apologized and promised that it wouldn’t happen again. 

Less than twenty-four hours later, it did. 

West again caught the Commander in Chief flying at breakneck speed over the same stretch of road. “Do you think, officer, that I was violating the speed laws?” asked Grant.

“I certainly do, Mr. President,” replied West. After reminding Grant of his broken vow, he added, “I am very sorry, Mr. President, to have to do it, for you are the nation’s chief executive, but my duty is plain, sir: I shall have to place you under arrest!”

Grant's exact response has been lost to history—though many claim that he reacted admirably, encouraging West to “Do your duty, my good man.” West escorted him to the police station, where the leader who had helped win the Civil War was swiftly booked and fined.   

Fortunately, there were no hard feelings on either man's part. A fellow horse-lover, West ultimately befriended the president. The pair would often get together and, during one of their many chats, the lawman made an awkward admission: before joining the force, he’d been a speed demon himself.  –Mental Floss

Happy Presidents' Day from the family!

Remember to ride and drive safely. 

About the Author: Staff Writer for and Affiliate Sites


Make Your Mark Through the ARTS

Do you or your organization dabble in the arts? lists grants for artists, performing arts, music, dance, visual, graphic, arts programming, local arts events, and arts education. We also list grants for film, media and design. is the grant search that gets results

During my Fine Arts Minor at Brooklyn College, I was intrigued by Cubism. In my art history textbook, the piece I interpreted and painted (see above) only appeared in gray scale and the internet had not yet been born. Yet, I saw the color within the lines. 

Throughout my teaching career, I used Cubism to help students overcome the fear of the empty page with the ability to explore everything in terms of planes and angles using rulers, shades and tints. New grants are awarded regularly to those who are looking to overcome these fears and color within the lines. 

If you’re an artist – whether visual artist, arts educator, performing artist, a musical artist, a writer, or a digital artist – and want to make your mark on the world, find the grant you need to achieve your dream on!

Hundreds of years from now, a student could be studying YOUR work. Who knows what your period’s name will be? Millenism or DigitalDots?  

This is the original painted in 1909 by Pablo Picasso, Woman and Pears Fernande Olivier. According to the Met Museum, "Cubism was one of the most influential visual art styles of the early twentieth century. It was created by Pablo Picasso  (Spanish, 1881–1973) and Georges Braque (French, 1882–1963) in Paris between 1907 and 1914. The Cubist painters rejected the inherited concept that art should reflect nature…So they reduced and fractured objects into geometric forms, and then realigned these within a shallow, relieflike space. They also used multiple or contrasting vantage points."

Today, you can visit MOMA, The Museum of Modern Art, The MET and many other museums around the world to see some of the original works from and inspired by this period.

If you’re an arts nonprofit, educational facility or enthusiast of the arts, be sure to browse the art grants on We list a variety of grants for the artistic and cultural enrichment of students and communities.

Make your mark with grants for the arts. Unlock your potential or help a friend or family member discover their own creative abilities today!

About the Author: Libby Hikind is the CEO and Founder of and five other affiliate websites.


For the Love of Animals

Are you an animal lover? Is your favorite part of the day coming home to puppy snuggles and kitten kisses? If so, you’re far from alone. GrantWatch has profound appreciation for the impact animals have on the health and recovery of humans in need. We have seen first hand just how much an animal's love can help to heal even the most traumatic experiences.

Humans who have the love of an animal are scientifically proven to lead healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives. Animals have the ability to open our hearts and ease our suffering. It is heart-breaking to think that millions of these furry angels are in need of food, shelter and most importantly, love. Similarly, veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and various neurological challenges are also in need of service animals. This symbiotic relationship is the natural subject for many state, local, and federal grants. 

Animal welfare grants support the needs of animals, while enriching the quality of life for their human caregivers. lists grants for schools, nonprofits and preservation organizations that support animal health and empower individuals to overcome psychological challenges. We list grants that offer humane care for animals in need.

These incredible programs not only improve the physical and psychological health of the animals they place, but also help to provide relief and coping skills for their human companions. One of our new grant listings provides veterans and the disabled suffering from a range of other psychological challenges with assistance dogs. These service animals are proven to help our heroes through care, affection and companionship.  

Grants up to $35,0000 to USA Nonprofits to Provide Assistance Dogs to Veterans and the Disabled 

Deadline 4/17/2017

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GrantWatch: Your Source for Animal Welfare Grants

Grants for nonprofits which support emotional therapy for humans through interaction with animals is a topic we've discussed before on the GrantWatch Blog. This feature explores the exciting results of an initiative for children suffering from ADD and other behavioral challenges. Children with ADHD showed improvement on the GAF (Global Assessment of Functioning) scale after animal assisted psychotherapy.

There is a neurological connection triggered by touching the animal to the brain. It induces a soothing feeling or calming and mellow, euphoric state. 

                                                                                     –Nancy Fried at the Good Earth Farm     

Take a moment to explore the variety of animal welfare grants listed on today. With the love of animals, we all have the power to better ourselves, unite families and strengthen communities. 


About the Author: Staff Writer for GrantNews.Press and affiliate sites


$25,000 Grants Announced for Social Impact

International grants and awards are available to USA, Canada and International individuals who are devoted to certain initiatives of social responsibility. Nonprofit organizations, NGO's and charities who succeed in improving the lives of children are eligible for awards starting at $25,000 USD. These funds will provide the resources necessary to maintain current programs and advance the honorable initiatives which succeed in enriching young lives. These grants will ensure continued growth and advance practices of healthy development for children around the world. 

Grants which encourage the continued research and application of psychology to improve social issues have also been announced in the name of positive social impact. These mental health grants range from $10,000 to $20,000 USD and are made available to USA, Canada and International scholars who utilize the research, knowledge and application of psychology to improve social issues. These grants will ensure advancement in the field of psychology, providing researchers with the ability to continue studies of psychology and its' connection to improved physical and behavioral health. 

With this encouragement of positive social influence on a global level, children of tomorrow are being given the best chance to succeed and experience a life of positive mental health. Expect to see continued developments in how psychology can improve health and facilitate positive change within individuals, families and communities. Such awards for social impact foster a healthier future for society as a whole and ignite hope for the children who will shape our future.

The aforementioned grants are available to USA, Canada and International individuals in support of positive social impact. Nonprofit organizations, NGO's and charities who proactively improve the lives of children and/or utilize psychology to improve social issues are eligible to apply. 

The deadline to apply for Grants to USA, Canada, and International Scholars for Psychology Research that Solves Social Problems is 4/1/2017.

The deadline to apply for Awards to the USA, Canada and International Individuals for Exceptional Dedication to Improving Children's Lives is 4/1/2017.

About the Author: Staff Writer for GrantWatch and affiliate sites


Paying it Forward With Grants for Women and Youth

You know the expression, "Pay it forward"? The Illinois Prairie Community Foundation (IPCF) follows this mantra. Last year, the foundation received some major donations. They have paid it forward by offering Women to Women Giving Circle grants and Youth Engaged in Philanthropy grants to Illinois nonprofits. has many grants for the categories of women and youth

The Illinois Prairie Community Foundation awarded Women to Women Giving Circle grants in 2017 to the following recipients: 

  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid’s Second Change and Family Connections Summit – $15,537
  • Girls in the Game After School Program – $5,000
  • Girls on the Run of Central Illinois’ McLean County Expansion – $5,000
  • Girls Scouts of Central Illinois’ Be a Friend First – $4,000
  • Music Connections Foundation’s Kindermusik at Neville House – $2,813
  • Normal Community West High School’s Girls Who Code-Makerspace – $7,650.

And, the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation awarded Youth Engaged in Philanthropy grants in 2017 to the following recipients:

  • 100 Black Men of Central Illinois Summer School Scholarships – $950
  • Child Protection Network for gas cards for Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers – $1,850
  • Clinton Elementary School for Read Across Clinton – $1,000
  • Easterseals Central Illinois for Timer Pointe scholarships – $1,000
  • Fostering Dignity for backpacks for children entering foster care – $1,000
  • Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Bloomington-Normal chapter for Speaking Up for Success – $200
  • West Bloomington Active Garden for a garden for low-income families through Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal – $4,000.

Greg Meyer, Executive Director feels that all grant categories at IPCF are significant and deserving of funding, but since United Way does not fund arts & culture perhaps those charities are especially grateful. 

So, with some endowments, the foundation was enabled to offer the following grants: 

  1. Foundation/Mirza Arts and Culture grants for performing, visual or literary arts or art education, $71,672 available.
  2. General grants for education, environment, health and wellness or youth, $58,328 available.
  3. Sol Shulman Jewish Education and Life grants, $20,000 available.

When applying for an IPCF grant, Mr. Meyer advises to

"Read the questions carefully and answer with as much detail as possible."

For women or youth grants across the United States and internationally, look to GrantWatch.

A Thank You Note Goes a Long Way

In the words of Helen Monroe, CEO of Endowment Development Institute:

Year-end I made a few small contributions to some favorite groups.  Nothing that would get special attention.  And for two of them it was the first time I contributed.

I didn't expect much acknowledgement because the gifts were below the required level.  Of the six gifts, I received three acknowledgements.  One was an email note about a week later.   Very efficient and well written.

The second was a printed post card message with the dollar amount of the gift hand written in the appropriate blank.  Also efficient.  More noticeable because it came in the mail, with a hand-written address … and a stamp!
The third one was a thoughtful, short, individual note card.  I don't know the author, and there wasn't a title because it was a personal communication.  But the child's image on the front was heartwarming and the message simple and honest.
Guess which organizations will get gifts next time?  And which one will get an increased gift?
It's the little things that make a difference.  Not superior knowledge, experience or talent.  Not numbing statistics, explanations and history.  Just something small that made me feel like a person about whom that organization cared.

Now, enjoy Libby Hikind, CEO and Founder of read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. 

About the Author: Helen Monroe is the CEO of Endowment Development Institute.

Nonprofit Start-ups is a unique and effective tool for grant searching.  We’d like to take the opportunity and talk to you about starting a nonprofit.

First of all starting a nonprofit or small business, must be done with happiness. There are a lot of hours involved in any start-up. It should be your passion and it should never ever be your last resort to obtain income.

If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. 

We get calls every day from subscribers, like you, searching for grants to start a nonprofit. You probably have an innovative idea that will transform the community. But, you need the time, determination and follow-through to put it into action. Here are the steps we suggest you follow:

1) Research

  • Look into other nonprofits: Is there an org already doing the type of work you were planning on?
  • Is nonprofit status right for you? Determine if you want to be a tax-exempt organization or a for-profit. This could alter your plans.

2) Make a solid base for yourself

  • Create a mission statement: This is pivotal. It describes what an organization wants to accomplish in the present.
  • Write a business plan: Yup, a business plan. This is because it will help you articulate your plans and goals.
  • Develop a board: This is the group that has legal responsibilities. So, take time in orienting, training and cultivating board members.
  • Develop a social media strategy and become noticed on all channels.  This will help you market yourself when creating a crowdfunding campaign on to help defray some of the professional fees (legal and accounting costs) of start-ups.

3) Incorporate yourself

  • Why should you incorporate? It makes officers and directors less liable.

4) 501(c)3 status

  • Apply for the IRS status. Wait to hear back. has grant wrtiters familiar with the steps to set up a nonprofit.

5) Continual compliance

  • Register with your state’s charity registry. Don’t forget form 990, an annual reporting requirement.

Then, search for grants for start-up nonprofits on Or, if you’re an established nonprofit looking for support for board of directors' management, financial accountability and to strengthen community resources, encourage volunteerism and community services, look at Nonprofit Support Services grants.

We hope this article has been informative to you and if you want to reach your local nonprofit association with additional questions, check out the Resource Center under Resources on  See previous articles about Community Service Coordination grants, grants for Municipalities, Economic Development, Small Business, Health and Medical, Farming/Agriculture and Youth/Out-of-School Youth.


Be The Change Agent

A nonprofit is set up with a purpose in mind. Before you create and develop programs, you need to determine the needs of your community as it relates to the mission of your nonprofit. Where do you start? 

  • Speak to community leaders
  • Speak with your target audience
  • Distribute a survey
  • Ask questions at community meetings 
  • Look at the community stats
  • Speak with the editor of the local newspaper 
  • Hold a planning session breakfast with professionals that may eventually support your project 

All these efforts should be documented because you will place them in the needs section of your grant application(s). In the Needs section of  your grant, you might use a sentence like below with the information you gleaned form your survey or meetings that led your organization to develop the proposed program.

There is a strong need for … to ….  This need was identified through a  survey of … conducted  on … to determine  if their current needs for … was being met. The results are as follows.

Nonprofits looking to be the "change agent" in their community should subscribe to to find the most current grants and funding opportunities.

Small business that want to sponsor community interventions can also find grants on our sister site,, or on the small business category on

Small businesses may want to:

  • Forge relationships with nonprofits in your community
  • Offer incentives to your employees about giving back
  • Offer your own volunteer services
  • Publicize your actions to propel others to do the same

By successfully winning a grant and implementing programming, a small business will not only play an active part in the community but make a name for itself. This could attract new loyal customers to your business. 

Individuals can choose to make an impact on their community, too. There are grants for individuals wanting to implement improvements in their surroundings. These grants are a great example of how:

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi

If you want to see something improve, go out and get it done! Start by subscribing to and searching for grants. We also list awards for outstanding individuals serving their community.

So, whether you are a nonprofit, small business or individual, you can make an impact in your community through grants. Start the New Year off right. Search for grants on 

About the Author: Libby Hikind is the Founder and CEO of


Why GrantWatch 2017?

I had a rare opportunity to sit in at the training session of the new Library IP License Sales Division of  They were being trained to offer discounts to libraries, universities, school districts or large organizations that wanted IP access for large numbers of simultaneous users for their development staff and or patrons. The sales team asked Libby Hikind, Founder and CEO of,

What makes worthy of a subscription?

Why does surface to the top of the multitude of grant websites?  

Libby explained, "There are a variety of grant websites – some of them are scams, others have outdated or very few grants. brings it all together by posting verified grants by location and category for nonprofits, communities and small businesses from many funding sources. We have over 55+ categories. The website is updated daily and past due grants are archived (see Tour the Archives on the website.) was designed by grant writers to meet the unique needs of the nonprofit community. The website displays the most current local, state, federal government and foundation grants.

For a quote for Library License click here.

Grant Associates at GrantWatch spend hours researching grants – so you do not have to. At GrantWatch, technical "grant-ese" and long winded applications are formatted into a grant detail page good enough to be pitched to an executive director or CEO, by development staff.  No rewrite is necessary for presentation. 

A staff of Researchers and Grant Associates read through the grants for nonprofits and present all the information needed for an executive director or grant writer to decide if they want to pursue the funding opportunity. Typically, the instructions for a government grant can exceed 30 pages and often-times nonprofits miss deadlines for questions, letters of intent and pre-application webinars.   

If you're not yet a subscriber and you want to view the level of detail incorporated in a grant posting, Libby invites you to review some archived grants. 

The individual organization subscription cost for the website is kept very low – with the business model, "serving the community and shared responsibility." The cost is $18 a week, $45 a month, $90 for 3 months, $150 for 6 months, or $199 for a year. If you want multiple individual subscriptions, call and request a quote. GrantWatch is also reaching out to partner with nonprofit membership organizations to offer their members a subscription at a reduced cost. 

Publishing and serving the public is not new to Libby Hikind.  Flashback to 1984, as a young public educator, Libby wanted to find a way to teach her special needs intermediate class word processing skills; way back when the Tandy computers (Radio Shack's IBM clones) at her school were only ready for BASIC programming and a $15,000 upgrade was needed.  The school district did not have the funds. Four grants in total, across the USA were awarded from Radio Shack.  With that application, Libby won her first grant which demonstrated how the Tandy Model 100 (one of the first tablets) could be used within the educational community.  From there, she wrote to Commodore and won $9,000 worth of Commodore 64s.  Libby' good business sense was recognized and she was asked to take on the role of Magnet School Teacher for Business Careers and Entrepreneurship with special needs children mainstreamed into her classes.

One day, she was surprised to find an anonymous note written on a job posting in her school mailbox suggesting she apply for job as school district grant writer.  

In two years at the DO, she brought in millions of dollars in educational funding.  Having found her niche but missing the joy of teaching, she requested a return to the classroom and opened her own grant writing consulting firm.  Besides grant and curriculum writing, her years of experience include running for City Council, FEMA Project Liberty Crisis Intervention Counseling, volunteer at Ground Zero and four children's picture books that await a much-needed publisher. began as NYCGrantsWatch, a faxed newsletter. Halted in 2000 for a run for political office, the brainchild returned after Libby retired from public education. It returned as today's, the model grants subscription website.

"Surely, we have competition, but no one has our passion for bringing funding to the community," Libby explained.  Libby shares this passion with her daughter, Elana.  While young and in college, Elana worked part time in her mother's office. Now, years later – married with children, she manages the grant researchers, grant associates, editors and proofreaders that post the grants on the website. Libby manages customer relations, customer support, new development, communicates with funding sources, and is also the CEO and Founder of, Uhelpfund, and the soon to be  In addition, she is the CEO of

Libby takes pride in the fact that her office provides great customer service through phone, chat and email. 

The infrastructure for foundations and government agencies to post their grants directly onto is in place.  

We have created a user-friendly application for funding sources.  Just click Post a Grant.

Once you locate a grant at, what's your next step? You can request or hire a grant writer from GrantWriterTeam to mentor you, to provide professional development to your staff, or to write the grant for you.

Libby also recommends that after applying for a grant you go to Uhelpfund and create your organization's crowdfunding project.  It is the natural progression to use the passion you showed in your grant to reach your personal crowd, community and the universe.

Whatever your grant searching needs, you will find it at  And if you don't, you will find it next week, or the week after.  Libby appreciates when nonprofit and small business subscribers send Customer Support an email about their interest – so she can direct the researchers to include their needs. 

Grants come out every day, even as you sleep.  According to Libby,

"The best part of subscribing to is that we consistently research and post new grants."     

When asked what is your most memorable grant, Libby responded with a bright smile, "Child Health Plus!  I wrote that grant to bring Child Health Plus to Staten Island in 1999 and since then, my then client has independently resubmitted the application, on behalf of the community."  A few years back, Libby was told that since the initial grant application, more than 46,000 children and adults had received medical care.

Libby Hikind can be reached at, or at 561 249-4129.  

About the Author: Sabeen interviewed CEO and Founder, Libby Hikind. To invite Libby to be on your TV or radio broadcast – or to speak at an event, contact