craig kielburger Me to We About

Me to We
craig kielburger
Co-Founder, Free The Children • Co-Founder, Me to We
Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and syndicated
columnist. He co-founded Free The Children in 1995 when he was 12-years-old. Today, he
remains a full-time volunteer for the organization, which has become the world’s leading youthdriven charity. What began as a group of kids dreaming about changing the world now has more
than 1.7 million young people involved in its programs.
Free The Children provides comprehensive service-learning programs in North America,
including its We Day celebrations attended annually by more than 100,000 students from 3,000
participating schools who earn their entry through service activities and reaches more than 5.4
million viewers through televised broadcasts. With more than three million followers, We Day is
also the largest charitable Facebook cause in the world. Internationally, the organization works in
eight developing countries providing a holistic and sustainable development model, including
education, health care, food security, clean water, and alternative income programs. Free The
Children programs include the construction of more than 650 schools and school rooms, and its
health and clean water initiatives have empowered more than one million beneficiaries.
Alongside his brother Marc, Craig is also the co-founder of Me to We, an innovative social
enterprise that advances a new vision of philanthropy by providing socially conscious products
and experiences that support the work of Free The Children. Half of Me to We’s annual net
profit is donated to Free The Children, while the other half is reinvested to grow the enterprise
and its social mission. Me to We provides sweatshop-free and organic clothes, as well as lifechanging international volunteer trips, leadership training programs, a speakers bureau, and
accessories handcrafted by women artisans in developing countries.
Craig holds a degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of Toronto and is the
youngest-ever graduate of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. He is the author of ten
books. His latest is a humorous look at life in the developed world, and our daily opportunities
to make a positive contribution, entitled, My Grandma Follows Me on Twitter... and Other First
World Problems We’re Lucky to Have. With his brother, Craig writes “Global Voices,” a weekly
column about the pressing issues of our time, syndicated in various newspapers including the
Vancouver Sun, Halifax Chronicle Herald, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, and Winnipeg Free
Press. The Kielburgers also write a bi-weekly advice column on addressing social causes in the
Globe & Mail called “Brainstorm.” They are also weekly contributors to The Huffington Post.
Craig has been awarded 13 honorary doctorates and degrees, and has received The Order of
Canada, The Roosevelt Freedom Medal, and the World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the
Child. His work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes, as well as National
Geographic, TIME, and The Economist.
Book Craig Kielburger: call 647.259.3455 or e-mail [email protected]