RICH LEARNING INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION
RICH Learning International (RLI) is a Minnesota 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to bringing “access to excellence” in education for children around the world.
The entity has been created to develop and test neurologically sound and effective early learning methods, models and materials that teach both the basics of early learning, (literacy, math, science, health) and expand the child’s world by also teaching virtue (love, peace, patience, honesty, integrity, etc.).
"Reaching the youngest of the young and the poorest of the poor with the richest and best educational methods, models and materials will be no small challenge,” says founder Dr. Rich Melheim. “But by bringing great educational theory together with the latest neurological discoveries, and by enlisting top young talent in the arts, we believe we can make a significant positive impact within a few short years. Join us and let’s see what we can do together.”
Recently, the Foundation has sponsored projects in Minnesota, Ethiopia, India, Egypt and South Carolina.
MEET THE CHAIR
Dr. Bill Nelsen
Co-Founder and Chair, RICH Learning International
William “Bill” Nelsen’s friends and supporters include US Presidents, Governors, Hollywood actors, pop singers, academic leaders and business leaders from over 1100 major US corporations. Dr. Nelsen built the largest scholarship fund in American history, the $200,000,000 USD “Scholarship America” awards. (www.scholarshipamerica.org ) The former Fulbright scholar and University president also created the $100,000,0000 USD “Families of Freedom” scholarship for children’s with parents killed or injured in the 9/11 attack on America. (www.familiesoffreedom.org). As founding Board Chair of the US Dream Academy,https://usdreamacademy.org, Dr. Bill helped create the mentoring organization for children with incarcerated parents. As a core member of The Registry of college and University Presidents https://www.registryinterim.com Bill has be instrumental in helping the world of higher education fill in leadership gaps and solve crisis situations world-wide.
While serving as an interim University president and on the way to his third or fourth retirement, Dr. Bill became CEO of the new RICH Learning International Foundation and Chair of the Board. Under his leadership this organization will recruit, train and deploy talented young musicians, dancers, artists and actors to serve as good will ambassadors and teachers using the RICH Learning methods, models and materials around the world. (www.richlearning.com).
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