Our Story

Now what? That is the question we found ourselves asking back in late 2011. We had been friends for over 10 years, both with a heart and passion for women and children in crisis, and both tired of just talking about the issues. We were ready to “do something”!

In early 2012 we decided it was time, and we began raising awareness about domestic sex trafficking right here in New Hampshire. We invested in our education and trafficking resources, and we shared with anyone who would listen: friends, churches, youth groups, schools, civic organizations, and even the person at the grocery store. We have presented to as few as five people and to as many as 100 or more. We realized we cannot affect change without making people aware that this is an issue, and it is happening here.

Our Team

Donna Plourde

Executive Director & Co-Founder


Donna Plourde is the Executive Director of Real Life Giving. She is a long-time advocate for helping women understand their innate value through fighting objectification and gender bias. Donna is committed to combating sex trafficking and exploitation in our communities through education, prevention and outreach. A certified trainer with the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking with more than 10 years of experience, she has presented at workshops and conferences providing training to educators, social service and healthcare providers. Donna also believes an informed community is key to the effort and works to bring awareness and prevention events to community and civic groups, youth organizations, churches and schools.

Donna is a New Hampshire native who enjoys exploring the region with her husband Rick. She loves creating word art, reading a good book from her ever-growing pile and enjoying a thought-provoking conversation with her family and friends.

Ronda Grace

Co-Founder


My faith, family & friends are what inspire me daily to stand in the gap on social justice issues. For as long as I can remember I have had a burden to fight for the underdog. A desire to encourage, equip and empower young women who are in crisis, to build them up and help them find their way. I guess, because I was once one of those who needed that someone in my life. I have counseled and housed many needing that temporary safe place. I believe every life has value and if we don’t stand for life, for freedom, who will? Real Life Giving has given me the platform to make a difference in my local community and for that I am very grateful.