Major Media Coverage (2016)
In a May 29, 2016 segment of NBC’s Dateline: On Assignment, Cynthia McFadden explored Whole Child International and its unique approach to caring for vulnerable children. The piece tells the story with an intensive focus on our
Embracing the Future campaign.
Dateline: On Assignment, May 29, 2016
Visit NBC’s home for this piece and related media
here. NBC News introduced this segment on their website in an an online article entitled
Heir B&B: Orphans to Get Boost from Princess Diana’s Althorp, by Cynthia McFadden and Jake Whitman.
The Today Show, May 27, 2016
Embracing the Future campaign.
NBC News also produced this accompanying video which elaborates on the fundamental approach of Whole Child International, “Four Ways to Help Orphans.”
Whole Child Founder & CEO Karen Spencer (then Karen Gordon) appeared on Good Morning America in April 2007, following a feature article on Whole Child International in Forbes, below. This was followed by a 2008 feature on Seattle’s King 5 TV in concert with the “Seeds of Compassion” conference, featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Karen Spencer, and others. Please see
UW TV’s coverage of “Seeds of Compassion” for video of that event.
Good Morning America, April 23, 2007
King 5 NBC TV, Evening Magazine, April 12, 2008
In February 2007, Forbes Magazine published
a feature article on Whole Child International, introducing our work to a new population of readers. The article focuses on the challenges any organization faces when it tries to work in orphanages, which was the spark that led to Whole Child’s founding. “When [founder Karen Spencer] offered to help United Nations officials explore how to improve care, she was turned away. She learned that the World Health Organization and the World Bank also oppose putting children in institutions — so why bother fixing them? ‘I would love for all children to live in a happy, nurturing home,’ she says. ‘In the meantime someone needs to be dealing with the existing problem.'” (
In May 2008, Glamour Magazine featured Whole Child and founder Karen Spencer (then Gordon) in its “Hero of the Month” section. The article used the founder’s story as a way to outline the need for our work: “In one orphanage, neglected infants fell asleep in their high chairs, and older children spent their days in toyless rooms, taking their boredom out on one another. ‘They had bite marks on their backs.'” Ten years after the organization’s founding, its work addressing these specific care practices has been proven to have a huge impact on the children we’ve been able to reach. (View here.)
Media Coverage of Whole Child’s 2010 Events with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama joined Whole Child International in Los Angeles on Feb. 20-21, 2010, to address the emotional needs of vulnerable children worldwide. During two days with Whole Child, His Holiness engaged philanthropists, academics, government officials, and the public on how to meet the needs of the most vulnerable children around the globe. (Please click here to learn more.)
CNN Larry King Live, March 7, 2010
In March 2010, His Holiness the Dalai Lama came to Los Angeles at the invitation of Whole Child International. His Holiness sat down with Larry King on CNN to discuss the organization, its mission, and other topics. A transcript is available
here (beginning with the text, “When the Dalai Lama speaks, people listen).”
Articles and Audio
- Los Angeles Times, 2/22/2010. “
Dalai Lama Speaks — at Universal Studios,” Kate Linthicum.
- NPR, 2/22/2010. “
- Huffington Post, 4/19/2010. “
- Huffington Post, 4/23/2010. “
Dalai Lama: Lovingly Nurture Each (Whole) Child,” Michael Martin.
Please also see the
related article on the Dalai Lama’s own website from February 21, 2010.
- By Whole Child International:
Countess Spencer Elected Ashoka Fellow: Recognized for Filling Gap in Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, September 2015
- By Whole Child International: “His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Visit Los Angeles Following D.C. Trip,” February 2010
- By Whole Child International: “Sheryl Crow Joins Whole Child International and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama,” February 2010
- By Whole Child International: “His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Visit Los Angeles,” January 2010
- By SISEL International: “
Thomas Mower Meets the Dalai Lama,” April 2010
Press conference announcing 2010 Los Angeles visit by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, January 2010