Press Release: Mother Hen Learning Selected by GlobalGiving As Red Backpack Fund Recipient, Receives $5,000 Grant From The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation To Combat COVID-19 Crisis

July 20, 2020 — GlobalGiving announced today that Mother Hen Learning has been selected to receive a $5,000 COVID-19 relief and recovery grant from The Red Backpack Fund, an opportunity for small businesses and nonprofits made possible by The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation.

“My hope is that this gift will help alleviate some of the pressures caused by this horrible pandemic. Twenty years ago, I started Spanx with $5,000 in savings, and I see this as a time to pay it forward. Small business is the backbone of our culture. I know what it’s like to be a small business owner, and I want to provide some relief to these entrepreneurs during this time,” said Spanx Founder Sara Blakely.

The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund.

Thousands of business owners and nonprofit founders from across the United States and its territories applied to receive a grant from The Red Backpack Fund to combat economic hardship caused by COVID-19. Mother Hen Learning was selected for the grant based on its outstanding application, its urgent need for COVID-19 relief, and its demonstrated capacity to overcome COVID-19 setbacks.

GlobalGiving, a 501(c)(3) organization with nearly two decades of grantmaking experience, will award grants to at least 1,000 women entrepreneurs from now through September 2020 through The Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving has assembled a 100% women-led team to lead the grantee selection process. The team includes grant specialists, social workers, female entrepreneurs, analysts, and monitoring and evaluation experts.

“We’re proud to announce the grantees of The Red Backpack Fund. They have successfully undergone GlobalGiving’s rigorous vetting process, and we believe this grant will help them continue to thrive, despite the shifting economic circumstances brought on by this crisis,” said GlobalGiving CEO Alix Guerrier. “The world needs more women-led organizations who are a key force in overcoming COVID-19 and establishing a better normal.”

Learn more about The Red Backpack Fund at

About Mother Hen Learning

Mother Hen Learning and Childcare takes priority in fostering a positive eMother Hen Learning and Childcare takes priority in fostering a positive environment for creativity and learning. They believe in learning through play. MHL offers an age-appropriate developmental program for our children. Their breakthrough program is directed toward creating a safe and loving space for your child to thrive led by our team of Early Childhood Educators, directed by its owner, Sarahyah Yisrael.

Sarahyah is the owner of Mother Hen Learning. She has been a devoted wife since she was 21 years old. A woman of faith and holistic mother of 12 (soon to be 13) children. Yisrael is spokeswoman for natural childbirth, homeschooling, breastfeeding and family unity.

She is known for having a large, beautiful family, while homeschooling, and operating her business. Her creation of an exciting childbirth method is expected to hit the market this Fall. It was developed from her 22 years for experience, extensive study, 12 personal live child births and countless attended births. “I have attended and given birth in several hospitals, and birthing centers, under the guidance and supervision of doctors, nurses, and some midwives (not all). I learned many lessons. I had a few horror stories and ultimately found out they did not have the woman’s best interest at heart,” said Yisrael. “We are pushed through their system designed for profit and completely on their time which can be dangerous. The baby comes when the mother and child are ready. Period. After my 6th child, I delivered the rest of my children alone, with my husband at my home. Through these experiences of trial and error, I have mastered childbirth. Imagine, a safe and easy way to deliver a baby naturally with alternatives to traditional medication that includes special moments of love. I have developed exactly that! You do not have to have a home birth to use my method but it will allow you to paint your own canvas with your birth. You can make it a masterpiece.”

About The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation

Since its inception in 2006, the Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation has donated millions to charities around the world, focusing on charities that empower underserved women and girls. In 2013, Sara Blakely became the first self-made, female billionaire to sign the Giving Pledge, created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, promising to give at least half her wealth to charity. In 2020, Sara and the Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation launched the Red Backpack Fund in partnership with GlobalGiving. Back by Sara Blakely, the $5 million fund supports the recovery and revitalization of female-owned businesses in the U.S. impacted by the coronavirus crisis. While many of the world’s resources are being depleted, one is waiting to be unleashed: Women. The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation is on a mission to support women and help them SOAR through education, entrepreneurship and the arts. Learn more at

About GlobalGiving

GlobalGiving is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit that makes it safe and easy to support important causes around the world. When a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic strikes, GlobalGiving quickly delivers funds to vetted organizations that are best-suited to lead immediate and long-term relief and recovery. As part of its mission to accelerate community-led change, GlobalGiving provides tools, training, and support to help nonprofits, donors, and companies increase their impact and make the world a better place. Learn more at

Media Contact:

Sarahyah Yisrael, Mother Hen Learning



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