Founder’s Day 2024: Recap & Recording

Founder’s Day 2024: Recap & Recording

Every year, NYF’s global team is reminded of the many reasons to be grateful for our remarkable community of supporters and friends. Thank you to everyone who joined us for Founder’s Day this year on May 30th, 2024.

It was a bittersweet night as the NYF Community reflected on Olga’s remarkable life, celebrated her transformative legacy in Nepal—and recommitted to our shared promise to Nepal’s rising generation. We hope the evening was as meaningful for you as it was for us.

If you were unable to attend Founder’s Day 2024 in person (or if you would like to share the evening with a friend or over social media), the event is now available through our YouTube channel. You can also view it below:

Tribute Room (Now available digitally as an online gallery!)

At Founder’s Day this year, an entire room was dedicated to honoring the life of NYF’s late founder, Olga Murray. In this tribute room, we collected meaningful moments and treasures from Olga’s life and placed them throughout the space. Friends, family, and NYF supporters gathered together—in tears and in laughter—to remember Olga’s amazing story.

Since this tribute room was a such a highlight at Founder’s Day, we decided to create an online version so that our friends around the world could also “gather” in celebration of Olga’s extraordinary life.

Click here to visit the digital tribute gallery!

Fundraising Goal & Update

This year’s Founder’s Day event was both a celebration of life for Olga Murray, as well as a fundraiser to honor her dearest wish: for her work in Nepal to continue. With that in mind, we set an extremely ambitious fundraising goal of $340,000—by far our most ambitious goal to date—in honor of Olga’s 34 years of impact in Nepal.

We are thrilled to share that so far, including donations and pledges, we have surpassed the previously unimaginable figure of $350,000!

Our global team is so grateful for the incredible love of the NYF Community. The funds raised at this event will go so far in ensuring Olga’s legacy continuesproviding Education, Health, Shelter, and Freedom for the children of Nepal. They will also allow us to build our momentum in Saptari District, offering transformative Caste Equality Project programming from a position of strength and stability, achieving sustainable results right away. If you would like to make a gift in honor of Olga and Founder’s Day, please click here.

(The thermometer above only reflects gifts we’ve received and does not yet include pledges. We expect the total to increase as pledges are fulfilled!)

Endowment Campaign

At the end of Founder’s Day 2024, we also announced our forthcoming endowment campaign. This is a major step for our organization, inspired by Olga’s generous legacy gift.

Olga chose to dedicate the value of her beautiful Sausalito home to supporting NYF in perpetuity. Her most fervent wish was to ensure that NYF’s programs, especially Olgapuri Children’s Village, could continue as long as they are needed by the children of Nepal. Olga’s remarkable bequest will lay the foundation for the endowment campaign. We will share more about this ambitious campaign in the coming months.

Olga was the original, founding member of NYF’s Legacy Circle. NYF is currently refining and deepening our Legacy Circle process through a partnership with FreeWill—an organization providing free access to will-making services as well as user-friendly support for those wishing to make donations to nonprofits using assets like stocks, retirement accounts, Donor Advised Funds, and cryptocurrency. Keep an eye out for updates in the coming weeks on this new partnership!

Thank you all again for your commitment to our shared promise.

Thank you to everyone who registered, attended, participated, and donated. Thanks, too, to anyone who invited a friend or spread the word. A very special thank you goes to filmmakers Roy Cox and Robin Mortarotti; to the volunteers, board members, advisory board members, and staff working behind the scenes; to our Nepali team members Raju Dhamala, Anjita Parajuli, and Lalit Gahatraj for traveling to join us, and of course, to Sean Murray, Som Paneru, Gina Parker, and Angela Pal for their heartfelt remarks.

Our team is overwhelmed with gratitude for your belief in Olga’s promise—now, our shared promise. Stay tuned for updates on the Caste Equality Project as we continue to scale our work in Saptari District!

Thank you, and Dhanyabad!

If you would like to see more photos from Founder’s Day 2024, please click here. Please email us for the password as the gallery is password-protected.