Dare Humanity inspires people from over the world to unleash their potential and create meaningful impact, as they become the best version of themselves and empower others. What sets us apart from other nonprofits providing short term relief, is our direct and continuous involvement in the communities we operate, to guarantee a long-term positive and sustainable impact.
We are a 501(c)(3) startup nonprofit organization approved by the Internal Revenue Service. This status gives us the possibility of offering our donors tax deductible receipts in exchange for their generous contributions.
Our story starts in 2015 when our founder Kia Harris Tattegrain traveled for the first time from California to Haiti with a medical mission, to provide health and medical services to the communities in the Montrouis area. Volunteering in pop-up clinic, a hospital and an orphanage was a life-changing firsthand experience for Kia, that allowed her to get acquainted with the isolated communities in rural Haiti and their issues.
Back in California, the cultural shock and emotional impact of this journey made Kia aware of her vocation for helping others. She applied to Medical School, and even after being rejected, Kia didn’t give up. She decided to pursue in the meantime a Masters degree in Nonprofit Administration. This change of course actually had a significant positive impact and redirected her career, as she became the founder of Dare Humanity.
After completing her studies Kia travelled back to Haiti in 2018 where she began working with the Sonyen rural community. During this journey she also met Woodelore Tattegrain, a Haitian police officer and chef. Not only did Kia and Woodelore fall in love and get married, he actually became our Haiti liaison and Advisory Board member.
Currently Dare Humanity has already established in Haiti the Young Dreams Sponsorship Program aimed to provide access to educational opportunities for children in rural Haiti and Port-au-Prince, the Helping Hands (Men Kontre) food assistance Program, as well as a Clean Water Initiative. We are also developing academic and entrepreneurship exchange programs as part of our international strategy.
Our mission is rooted in our desire to be of service to others and planted in communities across the globe. Our work is just beginning! We invite you to partner with our organization and be part of our journey.
For underserved communities worldwide to achieve and sustain wellness, self-sufficiency, and entrepreneurship, to improve their quality of life.
To advocate for an enhanced life for women, children and families who live in underserved and isolated communities, by fostering their development and self-determination.
Our Core Values:
Community | Empowerment | Integrity | Leadership | Transparency | Trust
Kia A. Harris Tattegrain
Kia earned a B.S. in Health Science and a minor in Spanish from Cal State Dominguez Hills. Kia has developed skills in a variety of areas such as medicine, health, tobacco control, research and nonprofit efforts. From her experience, she is able to act as a liaison for diverse populations in underserved communities. After choosing to continue her studies, she earned a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Kia has a love for people and cultures. She always enjoys a great self-help book that empowers the soul. She thoroughly enjoys traveling, hiking, outdoor activities, photography, languages, natural medicine, natural beauty, and music. She is a constant learner seeking to become the best version of herself while adding to the lives of others.
George W. Lee, Sr. worked as a Senior Information Technology Financial Budget Analyst for Boeing Corporation from 2001 until his retirement in 2015. During his career at Boeing, he was responsible for a $200 million plus annual IT resource budget. Prior to working for Boeing he worked as an Internal Auditor/Accounting Analyst for Rockwell International Corporation. He has also worked as a Medical Compliance Auditor for the State of California.
Not only does he work as a financial analyst, he is an avid volunteer for Rebuilding Together Pasadena California, ClearNet Residential Services Inc., and other charitable organizations. He enjoys helping in social educational and business causes.
George graduated from California State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He brings to the board his expertise in budgeting and financial responsibilities of organizations.
Matthew Aguirre has worked as a marketer and account manager for the past 8 years for several healthcare communication companies. He's developed large and small campaigns for large corporate clients, with a specialty background in brand strategy, digital strategy, and multi-channel campaign development. He is also skilled in analyzing market research, developing integrated marketing initiatives, account and project management, social media campaigns, and team building.
In addition to his professional background, Matthew has displayed a passion for giving back by volunteering with several other non-profits organizations over the years. He has previously volunteered with the youth focused organizations Mission Graduates and Big Brothers Big Sisters in a mentor and digital marketing capacity. Most recently he has been volunteering with the California Re-Entry Program at San Quentin Prison to help soon to be released inmates prepare for a successful re-entry back into society.
Matthew graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations, and a minor in Marketing. Coming from humble beginning himself, he has a passion for giving back to the less fortunate. He also has an affinity for traveling and exploring other cultures, so contributing to Dare Humanity in a Marketing and Communication function was a natural fit.
advisory Board Members
Beatrice Cardenas-Duncan graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2011, with Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior and Leadership while earning a certificate from San Francisco State University College of Extended Studies, Nonprofit Leadership & Strategic Planning.Beatrice’s has also had extensive volunteer and advocacy involvement with key organizations such as the American Heart Association which she joined ten years ago. She has been deeply involved in key campaigns such as California’s $2 Tobacco Tax increase, Co-Chair of Shape Up SF from 2012-2015, which lead the triumphant SF Sugar Sweetened
Beverage Tax campaign, and more recently, championed a ban on flavored tobacco products
through personal testimony that was successful in three cities she campaigned in the Bay Area.
Her passion for advocacy and work with community organizations, non-profits, and local and state governments for three decades exemplifies her commitment in addressing the health disparities that affect our communities of color. In early 2018, Beatrice was appointed by the City of Oakland Department of Public Health as Co-chair of the Alameda Tobacco Control Coalition and she also served in this capacity of Shape Up SF Coalition. Finally, she was an American Cancer Society Lead Legislative Ambassador.
Nicholas Daher is dedicated to being the change he hopes to see in the world. As a Dare Humanity Advisory Board Member he will bring his skills, ability and compassion for international development to the organization.
He earned a Master of Nonprofit Administration degree from the University of San Francisco. One of his proudest professional achievements was making the decision to become a Peace Corps Volunteer and serve communities in southern Africa. He has helped to develop projects locally and internationally and is excited to do the same with Dare Humanity.
For fun, Nicholas likes to spend time outdoors with his fiancée and her beloved pug, help his parents out in the garden, or watch Warriors basketball games with friends.
Woodelore Tattegrain studied economics at Institut des Hautes Études Commerciales et Économiques from 2006 to 2010. He also obtained a certificate in kitchen and pastry in 2014. He benefited from training in Leadership and Professional Development in different states in the U.S. from 2017 to 2018 which included the Defense Language Institute English Learning Center in Texas, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in South Carolina, and the Chief Petty Officer Academy in California, among others.
Woodelore has worked for about 12 years In Corps for Intervention and the Maintenance of Order, a special unit for riot control and intervention. He also served for about two years in the Haitian Coast Guard and enjoyed working for 5 years as a teacher in a kitchen and pastry school.He is currently working as a bodyguard for the President of a National Administrative Court. He volunteered as a translator, helper, and escort with Youth With A Mission after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.
He is convinced that the core values of Dare Humanity are in alignment with what he believes - that all of humanity is a big family and supporting one another is a duty.
“Since Dare Humanity has a foot down in Haiti and I’m Haitian myself I can be their local contact as far as administrative procedures and communication with the communities and local institutions to help mitigate cultural differences.”
Vijay Duraipalam background has taken him across companies such as Visa, Facebook, Gap Inc and most recently at Oxygen, Inc. - the common theme being involved at the intersection of technology and business spectrums in operations, marketing & finance. He earned his MBA in finance from UC Davis in 2012, and considers himself a builder at heart.
At Dare Humanity, he hopes to leverage his extensive experience in analytics and data science to give back to the community, help augment marketing for fund raising, as well as understand the effectiveness of different non profit programs.
For fun, Vijay likes to read loads of books, try out different restaurants in the bay with friends, drive on CA1, explore short hikes in Pacifica and traveling.
Chelsea Castellanos is a Wife and a Mother. She is currently working from home as a Blogger for Faith and Imperfection. Chelsea is passionate about her career as an Entrepreneur. She has experience in freelance work; such as content creation, copy, and writing email campaigns. She is also an Ambassador for Dare Humanity Non Profit Organization. You find her increasing her knowledge through reading and online courses, homeschooling her children, or spending quality time alone with God. Chelsea Castellanos strives everyday to show up as her best self and seeks to grow and inspire others to be self-sufficient as well.
Ina Lee is a seasoned fundraising professional. To her, fundraising goes beyond the dollar amount. It is about developing an organization into a sustainable, impactful force for community good.
Driven by her passion for making a positive impact on society, Ina is determined to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector. With ten years of experience in the fundraising and development arena, she offers a wealth of knowledge in individual and corporate giving, grant development, campaign management and donor analytics.
Ina holds an MA in Social Service Management from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In her advisory role at Dare Humanity, she is dedicated to optimizing the organization’s strategic approach to raising funds for the communities it serves.
Ina enjoys spending her free time exploring towns along the East Coast, volunteering and gardening. She currently resides in Boston.
Maggie Hazard is a fundraising and development intern at Dare Humanity. Originally from Los Angeles, Maggie has lived, worked, and studied in San Francisco for the last 8 years and loves exploring the Bay Area. She is a nonprofit professional dedicated to social justice and empowering future generations. Prior to her role at Dare Humanity, Maggie was a Community Organizer for The Richmond Neighborhood Center where she planned events for seniors, local merchants, and students. Maggie is also specialized in restorative youth development practices, a skillset she learned while working at Collective Impact, a nonprofit serving students in the Western Addition. In her free time Maggie loves reading, cooking, and volunteering!
Simone Faulkner is the blog and partnerships intern at Dare Humanity. Growing up in the Bay Area, with its reputation for social change, she realised that her purpose in life is to help people through service and kindness. Her aim as an intern for Dare Humanity is to follow her calling, by writing blog articles and exploring partnerships with companies. When she is not volunteering, Simone loves to play soccer, write, bake, and explore the outdoors.
Treasure Udechukwu believes that everyone deserves to reach their full potential. Her strong belief has continuously driven her actions in all facet of her life, from volunteering as a Sustainable Development Goals advocate to pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health. Treasure has been able to achieve this through Education. She hopes to pay it forward by assisting other young people get educated through the Young Dreams Sponsorship Program and the Teach <> Learn Program.
Mike Dion is a senior at the University of Michigan studying International Studies with a focus on Global Health and the Environment. He was born in Santiago, Chile, and moved to Michigan when he was ten years old. He is incredibly excited to help Dare Humanity with its clean water project as a research assistant and intern. Mike enjoys catching up with current events, working out and swimming in his free time.