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HBP’s Nonprofit Bites: April, MD

April 30, 2019

Join us at UB for lunch, where two of the most impactful nonprofit leaders in the area will speak about their experiences! Comfort Cases founder Rob Scheer and Global Impact President and Executive Director Scott Jackson will each give a 45-minute presentation that offers their insight and knowledge into being leaders in the nonprofit sector.


Put Hope Into Action

When something breaks, you can fix it; when something shatters, you must rebuild it. Our foster care system is in need of complete reform in order for children in care to have a more humane experience. Rob Scheer knows that the first step is for our community to realize there is a problem. There are far too many people who have little to no knowledge of the struggles children in foster care face. These children are truly invisible in our society. Not only must we raise awareness of their plight, but we must come together to alleviate their suffering. We must ensure that the basic needs of children are being met as they enter into care. Despite the frightening and chaotic transition they are experiencing, these children deserve to have a sense of dignity as they are moved to another home. We must also realize that we are simply graduating foster children from the foster system to the prison system. We are not providing these children with the educational and life skills required to launch a successful future. Scheer inspires us to realize the responsibility that each and every one of us holds to take care of these children and ensure that they have an equal opportunity for success in adulthood.

Presented by Rob Scheer, Comfort Cases

The Global Development Goals and the Charity Within

Mr. Jackson was inspired by the United Nation’s 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development to encourage others to make the connection between their own personal struggles and the larger cultural and social issues of people worldwide and then find “the charity within.” His call to action is outlined through the remarkable mission and the work of well-known charitable organizations working on the front lines to achieve these 17 goals—whether it’s to eliminate poverty, bring health care to those in need, aid refugees in war-torn countries, or empower and educate women. Scott Jackson is the author of Take Me with You, an inspiring narrative of one man’s life story with practical instruction for getting people involved, either in important small ways or making a larger commitment to achieve justice and an ecologically sustainable world.

Presented by Scott Jackson, Global Impact

About the Speakers

Rob Scheer, Comfort Cases

Rob Scheer is the father of four children, all of whom he and his husband Reece adopted from foster care. A former teen in foster care himself, Rob recognized a troubling yet consistent trend:  like so many in the foster care system, his own children came to his home carrying what few possessions they had in black trash bags. He immediately connected the trash bags with the instability, lack of self-worth, and fear that nearly 437,500 kids in foster care experience during this uncertain time in their lives. It is a time of great upheaval and instability, and their first foster home placement is unlikely to be their last. Many youth in foster care will be moved from home to home multiple times, carrying their life’s treasures in a trash bag.

Armed with the conviction that all children should be provided with everyday essentials and the comfort of a few things to call their own, Rob and Reece started Comfort Cases in 2013. This simple but large step began a journey to improve the lives of foster children throughout the greater DC region.

Subsequent news coverage about the Scheer family and the vision for helping youth in care has resulted in global interest in Comfort Cases. Comfort Cases has been given exciting exposure with interviews on The Ellen Show, a viral video viewed by over 100 million from Upworthy, and segments dedicated to the cause on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and CNN. The organization has shipped the cases to 49 states and DC and Puerto Rico.

The dream is for every youth to receive a Comfort Case upon entering foster care and for no child to have to experience the indignity of carrying a trash bag ever again. The organization is continuing to expand its reach and will continue to grow with Rob’s passion and determination. Comfort Cases looks forward to the day when the organization can utilize local partnerships to reach every youth entering foster care in communities throughout the United States.

In addition to his work as the Founder of Comfort Cases, Rob has over 25 years of leadership experience in the financial industry. Rob is also a proud veteran of the United States Navy. He lives in Maryland with his husband Reece and their four children.

Scott Jackson, Global Impact

Scott Jackson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Impact. Global Impact’s mission is to grow global philanthropy and build partnerships and resources for the world’s most vulnerable people. It has raised $1.8 billion since inception. A global development fundraising and marketing veteran, Jackson has held leadership positions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, including the global health and development nonprofits PATH and World Vision. He has worked in more than 60 countries, and his global relief and development efforts have taken him to remote villages in Africa and Asia, to the heart of the Holy Land, and inside some of the most powerful institutions and governments around the world. Jackson has worked with global leaders, including four U.S. presidents and their administrations, and he has represented international development issues with the offices of U.S. Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton.

Jackson was a founding nonprofit member of The ONE Campaign to “make poverty history” and has worked on initiatives with Bono and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is a member of several national boards and advisory committees, including the Clinton Global Initiative, YourCause, Global Justice Center, International Center for Research on Women, National Development Committee of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Global Washington, World Trade Center Seattle and CEO Connection’s Leadership Committee for Social Impact. He currently works closely with the leadership of more than 100 nonprofits around the world, such as Save the Children, CARE and Heifer International.

He is the author of “Take Me with You,” released in March 2017, a moving personal story written to inspire people to take action and find the “charity within” – Jackson’s personal philosophy of making a choice to live in a way that improves life for others. He was recognized by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement as a 2016 winner of the Gelman, Rosenberg and Freedman EXCEL Award, which recognizes leadership achievement in the areas of innovation, motivation, community building, ethical integrity and strategic leadership.

Before taking leadership roles in the global development humanitarian sector, Jackson founded TRADEC (Trade and Development Consortium), one of the first marketing and communications firms in North America to specialize in international trade and development, which later became part of APCO, a worldwide communications firm. During his early career, Jackson served as assistant to a U.S. congressman, and he held a number of roles in national politics. He has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Huffington Post.

Jackson received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Edinburgh School of International Business. He also holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Puget Sound, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in history. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Venue Information

University of Baltimore

11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Merrick School of Business
11 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21201