Robert Den Ouden started his adult life as an educator and coach. He has been a business owner twice, been in supervisory capacity in a manufacturing plant and is currently retired from his business as an independent Financial Advisor.

One of his most valuable lessons in his life was the failure of the first business he started back in 1980. He learned more in the four years of this business than his college degree ever taught him. Though it was extremely painful, he carries to this day what he learned, and it was a primary reason why the second business as a financial advisor was a success. His philosophy was “if you help enough people get what they want then everything else will take care of itself.”

The most important time in Robert’s life was the life-threatening illness that his daughter went through that brought him closer to God which is something he desperately needed at the time. It helped him put his life in perspective, and though he did not like that she went through this, his belief in God has its reasons.

For the past 12 years, Robert has felt a tugging on himself to focus on the poor and people who are less fortunate than he is. He spent those 12 years doing research and talking to people in the field to better understand the causes of poverty and how everyone can reduce poverty in America.