Derek is the founder and CEO of Younique. Derek felt compelled to put his passion and financial backing into a charitable organization that would help prevent childhood sexual abuse. Born out of his compassion and the efforts of many others, The Younique Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity was organized in December of 2014. The decision to create defendinnocence.org was to build a united front for organizations who want to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. Each organization may focus on a specific mission such as child sex trafficking, child pornography or childhood sexual abuse; who come together to declare that the sexual exploitation of children is not acceptable.
Operation Underground Railroad Aftercare has partnered with the Younique Foundation to help in the healing of rescued children. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah announced his partnership with OUR and Tim Ballard from the the Younique building in Lehi, UT.