Our Founders

Lifting Generations was built upon the framework of two separate organizations that merged together in 2016. These organizations were founded by two driven and generous men, Dan Gifford and Ross Farnsworth Jr. The education, experience and tenacity of these men has influenced thousands of people to become more self-reliant. We continue that legacy with more capacity and effectiveness today because of their efforts.

Dan Gifford

Daniel G. Gifford is the former Chairman of the Board for Cause for Hope. He was raised in Tempe, Arizona and is the 2nd of 8 children.

Dan served as a Spanish-speaking missionary in Texas San Antonio Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

After returning from his mission, he earned an MBA degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management (cum laude) from Arizona State University.

Dan has extensive experience in economic development, strategic planning and sales. He has spent much of his career in the real estate and economic development industries, and has a deep understanding of international operations.

Dan founded Cause for Hope, a self-reliance accelerator, with operations in 5 Latin countries, 20 offices that serve over 5,000 families.

He is a Partner of Renewable Tech Venture Fund who oversees investment activities in the U.S., Europe and Latin countries. The fund invests in proprietary technology related to green materials and clean tech.

Dan married Heidi Nielson Gifford, they together they have six children. He has served extensively in callings within his church with the youth such as Ward and Stake Young Men President, as a Bishop, and in High Councils.

Ross Farnsworth Jr.

The late Ross Nash Farnsworth Jr., is the founder of “One Life at a Time”. He was born and raised in Mesa Arizona, being the 2nd of 12 children.

Ross served as a missionary in Bogota, Colombia for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1975-1977. After returning home he became an intern in Washington D.C. for Congressman John Rhodes.

He then returned to Brigham Young University to earn a Bachelor degree in Finance. After graduation Ross started a company called Farnsworth Holdings, acting as President and CEO.

Ross loved the people of Colombia and wanted to make a difference in the lives of the people. He founded “One Life at a Time” as a means to educate the less fortunate and help them break the poverty cycle.

Ross was an active member of his church and held many responsibilities including Young Single Adult Bishopric member, Young Men’s President, Elders Quorum President and he served in a Ward Bishopric.

Ross married Lori Ann Barnes in 1979, together they have 6 children and 14 grandchildren. Ross could often be found on the golf course, enjoying his family, and playing and watching sports. He loved his family, the Latin people, and helping others.

Ross passed away September 5, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona having lived a life full of the things that mattered most to him.