Who We Are

The Flahive FamilyRoger Flahive married Katherine Nelson in Sterling, Colorado in 1982. Beginning their life together as college students, they value hard work and education. Roger has two degrees in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Katherine received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Roger and Katherine have three children: Megan (1985), Shannon (1987) and Derrik (1991). The Flahive Family Foundation was founded in October of 2005. As Americans, we have benefited from excellent schools, great health care and a vibrant economic system. We desire and feel responsible to give back to society in the areas we believe have the most impact on people around the world. We restrict grants to 501(c)(3) organizations.

We don't give grants to individuals, only to 501(c)(3) organizations.

Personal Statements

Megan is an Obstetrician & Gynecologist in Washington, DC. Her passion is in working with high risk pregnant women to achieve a healthy pregnancy and positive outcome. The diversity of culture in DC as well as her experiences abroad in Tanzania help to define her global perspective of women’s health and access to medical care. In September 2010, Megan traveled to Tanzania where she worked in both the hospital and remote clinic settings. By engulfing herself in the culture and participating in the care of underserved women, she was able to identify specific needs of the surrounding. Through collaborative efforts, new medical equipment, supplies and staff, a new women’s care clinic opened near Arusha to serve surrounding communities. The FFF is currently involved with organizations such as One by One, Marie Stopes International and building a maternity clinic in Ethiopia through Village Health Partners. She continues to advocate for women’s health and is interested in supporting programs to increase both awareness and access to health care.


Shannon studied Economics at Harvard University and is involved with the financial and business concerns of the foundation, influenced by her experience in investment consulting, finance, and business strategy. Shannon assists in scrutiny of business models and offers economic and strategic advisement. Her interests lie in efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability, economic independence and self-preservation. Shannon's travels to Ghana, studies of Latin America at Harvard, experience in macro-economic and financial analysis at Boston Consulting Group, and role as a growth and innovation business strategy consultant with Treacy & Company have provided her with the opportunity to deepen her understanding of developing countries and their economies. She brings many years of relevant business experience and strategic thinking skills to the foundation. 


Derrik was a junior at Colby College in Waterville, Maine studying International Business. His travels to Tanzania in 2005 and 2010, and to Zambia in 2007, provided him the opportunity to establish relationships with village school children and safari staff.  He assisted with the Zambian Water Well and School Desk Project.  His passion for African big game hunting was centered on the preservation of a healthy eco-system and was part of the broader ecological perspective that drives the foundation's Philanthropic activities.

Derrik traveled with his family extensively in Europe in 2002 and 2008, often times by bicycle. The stark contrast of Africa with Western Europe was not lost on Derrik.  In 2010, Derrik spent a month in China as part of his Colby College education and traveled the entire breadth of the country from east to west focused on the economic engine of the country.  

During his junior fall semester, Derrik choose to study abroad in Chile where he could continue to master Spanish. His fall 2011 semester required an independent study project, culminating work over several months. He chose to explore the battle to dam several rivers in the wilds of Patagonia in large part to provide low cost electricity to the many mines in the country.  As he traveled into Patagonia to do his work, he lost his life on November 15, living as his always did, on the edge, in one of the beautiful rivers that make Patagonia magical.

Derrik is missed by many.


Katherine has a varied background with a Master’s degree in nursing, specializing in women’s health. She is a trauma touch therapist, mentor, spiritual director, retreat leader and is currently at Iliff School of Theology working on a Master's of Divinity degree.  Her passion is in facilitating personal connection, empowering others, and is in the discernment process for possible ordination in the Episopal Church.  It's important to her to respond to those less fortunate in diverse cultures to find support, justice and equality. Forming personal relationships with others is a priority as we collectively work toward solutions in fighting global poverty. She enjoys partnering with others who have a clear vision of empowering women and children, especially young girls. Her 2007 trip to Ghana provided her the opportunity to meet with the Chosen Souls NGO staff and the heads of schools for the street children enrolled in the project and to visit several students’ homes.  She oversees the foundations communication and administrative responsibilities.


Roger is the President of the foundation.  He plans strategically for the Foundation as well as manages its affairs. He has traveled extensively including Russia, Vietnam, Venezuela, Bolivia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and several trips to Africa as well as Europe.  Roger’s first trip to Africa was a fundraising climb of Mt Kilimanjaro with Derrik in 2005.

In 2010, as part of he and Derrik’s trip to Tanzania, they investigated the health and education needs of young women in villages adjacent to the Selous Game Reserve.  Another 2010 FFF project introduced high efficiency wood burning stoves in the Selous Game Reserve, which focused on reducing deforestation with associated significant positive health benefits.

Megan joined Roger and Derrik during the Foundation’s 2010 trip to Tanzania where she worked in an OB/GYN ward in an Arusha hospital for a month.  Additionally, Michael consulted with political ministries and met with many NGO working in the areas of family planning.

Roger has two degrees in Petroleum Engineering and is active managing investments in the upstream oil and gas sector. He is an avid outdoorsman, mountaineering, skiing, biking, and running, as well as fishing and hunting internationally. He is a passionate steward of the land as well as an avid capitalist. As such the foundation supports hunting and other ecological organizations and in 2010 began supporting glacier studies and efforts to preserve Patagonian wilderness.


Michael joined the foundation as its Director of Public Affairs in June of 2010.  Prior to his Foundation work, Michael worked on Capitol Hill for a Colorado Congressman, as well as volunteering on a U.S. Senate campaign, and was the Campaign Director for a local election in Chicago.  He has traveled throughout Europe, Africa, Central America and extensively through the National Parks in the U.S. 

Michael has worked to establish relationships with non-governmental organizations across Tanzania that focus on family planning efforts in the remote areas of the country.  In 2010, Michael joined his wife Megan Flahive in Arusha, Tanzania before traveling to Dar es Salaam to meet with government ministries and non-governmental organizations headquartered in the country’s capital.  This trip resulted in an ongoing relationship with Marie Stopes Tanzania, which provides family planning services through a system of vans that are able to travel to areas not otherwise afforded women’s health care. 

Michael has spearheaded the Foundation's involvement with solar well installations in Tanzanian villages. 

Michael is an attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia.