Hilt Tatum IV, president and CEO of iPoint Capital Partners in Panama City, Panama, has been involved in the strategic investment of private equity for nearly a decade. A longtime supporter of Save the Children, Hilt Tatum IV lends his help to the organization’s international efforts to assist areas affected by disasters and war.
Since the initial outbreak of Ebola throughout West Africa--the largest and most serious since the discovery of the disease in 1976--Save the Children has maintained a presence in the most heavily affected areas. To date, the disease has claimed more than 5,000 lives with a 70% mortality rate, crippling several healthcare facilities and leaving countless families with little support.
As part of its most recent efforts to combat the stigma of Ebola illness and provide a basic level of triage and care, Save the Children unveiled its first Community Care Center (CCC) in Liberia--the first of ten facilities planned for construction. Designed as a community-based approach to providing rapid treatment and screenings for Ebola Treatment Units, the CCC is part of a national effort to aid ravaged communities and reopen healthcare centers. To join Save the Children’s efforts against Ebola, visit www.savethechildren.net/ebola/fundraising.
As president and CEO of iPoint Capital Partners, Hilt Tatum IV directs private equity and venture capital investments for a firm with an international presence extending across Europe, South and Central America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Also concerned for the welfare of vulnerable young people throughout the world, Hilt Tatum IV supports the work of the nonprofit organization Save the Children. As many as 90,000 children escaping violence in Central America and Mexico are estimated to cross the U.S. border in 2014 and, for those detained in overwhelmed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities, the donations of Hilt Tatum and other contributors help Save the Children provide medical care, nutritious meals, emotional support, and structured play for these displaced children.
Because these children have endured a long journey through harsh conditions, many of them are in need of urgent nutritional and medical care to treat dehydration, diarrhea, and other illnesses. Save the Children is acquiring oral rehydration drinks and medicine to address the crisis, as well as recruiting pediatricians qualified to evaluate and treat youth detained in immigration control centers.
Those with distressed garments receive new clothes from Save the Children, and the organization has implemented its Child-Friendly Spaces program within CBP holding facilities. Child-Friendly Spaces help children recovering from a crisis to cope by creating a protected area where they can play and socialize with peers under the supervision of a trained caregiver.
To further guarantee that the needs of these children are not neglected and that conditions at detainment centers are quickly improved, Save the Children’s senior director for U.S. emergencies is advising the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on measures to be taken. At the sites where children are first processed, Save the Children has proposed the assignment of monitors trained in child protection. Additionally, Save the Children is seeking authorization to train FEMA and CBP staff in child protection and establish its Journey of Hope emotional support program at holding facilities.
Holding a postgraduate degree in global business from the University of Oxford, Hilt Tatum IV serves as president of iPoint Capital Partners, a global asset management and investment firm. In this role, he identifies promising investment opportunities in addition to serving on the board for a number of iPoint’s portfolio companies. A philanthropic individual, Hilt Tatum IV also supports a number of charitable organizations, including Save the Children.
Benefiting underprivileged youth in 120 countries, Save the Children sponsors several campaigns to aid social initiatives such as public health, disaster relief, and education. One such campaign is HEART, or Healing and Education Through the Arts. HEART introduces disadvantaged children around the world to the creative arts, using painting, poetry, theatre, music, and more to foster emotional healing and development. The program works with children who have experienced trauma such as extreme poverty, the loss of a loved one, a natural disaster, or violent conflict. By introducing boys and girls from the ages of three to 14 to the possibility of creative expression, HEART allows them to share their personal experiences in a therapeutic manner.
Save the Children develops a unique HEART curriculum to best serve each child and community, passing the knowledge along to those who teach and care for children. Since its establishment, the program has reached more than 10,000 kids, with a goal of to reach 50,000 by 2015.
Hilt Tatum is CEO of Oxford Consulting Group - International business consulting