About: The Organization and its Founders
"We hope our Foundation will provide valuable information, opportunities and resources for all parents as we share a common goal of raising happy and successful children."
-Elijah and Jihye Bach-
Extensive research unanimously supports that parental engagement is directly linked to, and is extremely critical in pivoting a foundation for children's character, well-being and happiness in life, while vast majority of efforts and resources in the name of "education" are made towards the children, not for the parents, not to mention majority of parents often feeling helpless without proper guidance and resources.
In that knowledge, Bach Family Foundation and Trust, Inc., a charitable, non-profit 501(c)3 organization, was founded by Elijah and Jihye Bach in New York City to help all parents to become better educated, supported and connected parents as they strive for their children's future educational and professional success. The Foundation supports its mission by providing funds for Global Parents Forum, a platform for parents and educators worldwide to connect and interact with, and to produce educational contents and materials, funding inter-continental research on how parental engagement affects various areas of children's development/performance, and by offering scholarships to qualifying families and their children.
Elijah Bach is a husband, father, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is a former Founder/CEO of a real estate investment/holdings firm for nearly 20 years who owns over 3.5 million square feet of commercial properties in the U.S.. Since retirement in 2020, his current interests include global philanthropy with a focus on helping parents to become better educated, supported and connected parents as they strive for their children’s future educational and professional success. In the community, he performs violin and provides free instruments and lessons at his church. He also runs marathons and diligently trains at the gym to one day become the next American Ninja Warrior. Born in Seoul, Korea, Elijah began his American journey in Minnesota as a teenage son of a homeless, immigrant single mother and studied at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities as an undergraduate student, before getting several other graduate degrees from Columbia, London Business School, Penn, and University of Hong Kong. Currently, he is pursuing his executive education in Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He lives with his wife and children in New York City.
Jihye Bach is a wife, mother, and registered nurse. Since graduating from Ewha Woman's University in Seoul, Korea with a bachelor's degree in nursing nearly 20 years ago, she has been helping countless patients in ICUs, operating rooms, and recovery rooms at some of the most advanced hospitals in the world, including Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, USC University Hospital, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, and currently, at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York, New York. In her spare time, she enjoys singing in a church choir and attending ballet, orchestra and opera performances.