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GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. GivingTuesday started as a day encouraging people to do good and has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
50 Ways to Give on GivingTuesday, Give with Your Children
Are you ready to take action but need some inspiration? This article lists 50 ways you can give back, including ideas for giving back as a family.
How to Start a GivingTuesday Spark Chapter
This site explains how youth can become leaders of group service projects through the creation of a GivingTuesday Spark Chapter.
GivingTuesday Spark guide
Want to empower young people to make a difference? Intended for teachers, schools, after-school programs, and youth-serving organizations, this guide walks you through the giving project process from brainstorming to evaluation. It also provides tips for teaching generosity effectively.
How to Participate in GivingTuesday
This guide offers ideas on ways to get involved and give on GivingTuesday, from small acts of kindness to bigger volunteer projects.
How to Get Your Kids Involved in Social Good on GivingTuesday
Find ways to connect your kids with giving projects that directly support the values and causes they care about the most through this list of ideas and resources.
Inspiring Youth-Led Activations to Watch this GivingTuesday
Get inspired with this list of Giving Stories! Learn how young people are activating their communities to make meaningful change.
Rallying Young People to Support Your Cause on GivingTuesday
Young people can be valuable advocated for a cause. Here’s advice on how to engage them in your campaigns, including recommendations for popular online platforms.
Find your Spark
This worksheet can help you identify what drives you, your passions, and how they may evolve over time. Use it to find, nurture, and share your spark.
Ready to take action? This online community fights social isolation by starting conversations. Online, you can can pledge your time and talents to encourage a sense of community. Sign up online for access to events.
Use Your Creativity for Good: ‘Pull up a Chair’ Charity Event
Take inspiration from this Giving Story, which shares how a community in Canada hosted a creative fundraising auction using used chairs.
50 Ideas for Acts of Kindness
This guide to spreading kindness shares 50 ways that anyone can share happiness with others, from making cards to helping a neighbor with chores.
Spark Project Ideas
Find ideas for service projects with this list, organized by cause area – from cyberbullying to mental health and more.
Get inspired with these stories of youth leaders of all ages who are making a difference in their community.
Ignite Change Challenge lesson plan
The Ignite Change Challenge is a worldwide program that promotes generosity among students in grades 4-6. It involves learning from young change-makers, performing acts of kindness, and sharing these actions on social media using the #GivingTuesdaySpark hashtag. The initiative fosters a positive classroom environment and applies classroom learning to real-life situations, encouraging community engagement.
Spark Global Youth Challenge inspiration
From building essentials kits for people experiencing homelessness to playing games for good, this list of give-back ideas provides inspiration for generosity and service.
Create Random Acts of Generosity Kits
This giving project guide shares steps for creating Kindness Kits: a collection of items that share generosity with others and encourage them to pass on the message.
Sidewalks of Love: Brightening Daily Walks with #LoveNotes
Learn how to spread messages of kindness in your community through creative sidewalk art in this giving project guide.
Organize a Generosity Scavenger Hunt
Encourage kindness and generosity among your neighbors through this giving project idea, which shares how one person united their community through a scavenger hunt for good.
Unite for Impact: Rallying a Giving Circle with Friends and Family
Learn about the power of giving as a community in this article, which shares advice for forming a “giving circle” with your friends, family, and neighbors.
How To Organize A Virtual Rally or Event
This toolkit explains how to organize a virtual rally or livestream event to engage supporters and raise awareness. It covers speaker selection, technology, safety precautions, fundraising, inclusivity, building a website, and post-event recommendations.
Lead a Community Walking Tour of Social Good
This creative idea brings neighbors together to learn about sustainability in their community through a town tour.
Share Stories of Generosity and Inspire Others
In this Giving Story, read how a community storytelling event inspired others towards kindness and generosity.
Organize a Community Fridge
Learn how to organize a community fridge, a volunteer-led initiative to help those experiencing hunger.
Wrap Your Community in Warmth: A Tree of Generosity Activity
Help your neighbors keep warm when the temperatures drop with this giving project guide, inspired by GivingTuesdayOmaha group Secret Kindness Agents.
Give Your Talents
Learn more about how to use your special skills and talents to help others in this article.
Creating a Community Pantry for Pets
This easy giving project idea helps animals in need by collecting basic supplies like food, treats, and toys.
Take Over a Busy Street Corner to Promote Generosity
Help support local charities by taking inspiration from this giving story. GivingTuesdayHawaii leaders demonstrate a fun and creative way to lead others towards generosity.
Rally Spare Change to Support Homelessness
Read this Giving Story for a case study on how volunteers in Arkansas helped raise funds to support people experiencing homelessness.
Create a Sharing Corner or Free Store
Help those in need by building a Free Store or Sharing Corner – a great way to help people give what they have to people who may need it.
Create a Generosity Pop-Up Shop
This giving project guide provides inspiration for a local hub of generosity that encourages community members to take action and help others.
Give Care Packages to Incarcerated Youth: Support and Solidarity in Action
This Giving Story shares how students became leaders to support incarcerated youth in their community.
Bring Casseroles to Neighbors in Need
Take inspiration from this Giving Story and learn how to help neighbors in need by cooking a comforting meal.
Organize a Flash Mob of Kindness
Inspire neighbors towards generosity encouraging them to participate in a day full of kindness.
Organize a Bus Tour of Social Good For Youth
This Giving Story shares an example of how young leaders can inspire their peers, introducing them to new ways to engage with their community.
The Kindness Challenge
Need some inspiration? Looking for small, everyday ways to be kind? Join the Kindness Challenge! This printable sheet lists ways you can show kindness at home, school, and beyond.
Create a Wall of Kindness
Take inspiration from this Giving Story and learn how to build your own Wall of Kindness, a way to bring your community together for a positive impact.
Public Art that Inspires Generosity
Learn how you can use art to inspire change in this giving project guide.
Organize a Pop-Up for Homeless Dogs
This Giving Story shares a case study of how one organization can make a big change: by offering pet baths and grooming to animals in need.
Host a Pop-Up Event For The Homeless
Learn how community members came together to support people experiencing homelessness with a pop-up providing important resources.
GivingTuesdaySpark Youth Participation Guide
This guide can help young people plan and implement Giving Projects related to any cause area. It covers everything from brainstorming to community outreach.
National Center for Family Philanthropy
National Center for Family Philanthropy
National Center for Family Philanthropy helps families realize the purpose and potential of philanthropy for meaningful impact through educational and connective programs and services, with a focus on next generation engagement.
Family Philanthropy: the Lifeblood of Family Continuity
This article shares advice for philanthropic activities during the holiday season, based on the author’s experience with her own family business philanthropy.
Igniting the Spark: Dekko Family Foundation
This giving story shares the Dekko Foundation’s development of “Youth Pods,” a youth advisory committee model to develop youth philanthropy in local communities.
Igniting the Spark: Lumpkin Family Foundation
This giving story provides a case study for how the Lumpkin Family Foundation (Mattoon, Illinois) engages youth who are connected to their foundation.
Igniting the Spark: The Lawrence Welk Family Foundation
This giving story provides a case study for how the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation (Santa Monica, California) engages youth who are connected to their foundation.
Igniting the Spark: The Tarsadia Foundation
This giving story provides a case study for how the Tarsadia Foundation (Newport Beach, California) engages youth who are connected to their foundation.
Igniting the Spark: Tracy Family Foundation
This giving story provides a case study for how the Tracy Family Foundation (Sterling, Illinois) engages youth who are connected to their foundation.
Navigating Family Philanthropy: Defining Your Philanthropic Purpose
This guide outlines the important topics, questions, and considerations involved in defining purpose for a family’s philanthropic activities, including worksheets to facilitate further thought and discussion.
Putting the Giving in Thanksgiving
This article shares discussion topics and ideas for the Thanksgiving table to spark conversations about giving back.
Igniting the Spark: Andrus Family Fund
This giving story follows the Andrus family, founders of the Surdna Foundation, and their efforts to engage more family members in philanthropic work through the Andrus Family Philanthropy Program.
Igniting the Spark: Moniker Foundation
This giving story outlines how the Moniker Foundation undertook a strategic planning process to identify future priorities and continue to engage members of the family in their philanthropic legacy.
Successful Generations Podcast: Raising Kids with Generous Genes
This podcast discusses the book Generous Genes: Raising Caring Children in a Digital Age and the role that parents play in teaching their children to be generous.
Phillips Foundation is a private family foundation and catalytic capital platform that leverages its assets to maximize social, environmental and financial value.
Minigame Nonprofit Partners
Nonprofit, cause-based organizations with games in the app inspired by their mission.
Better Block Foundation
Better Block Foundation
The Better Block Foundation promotes community development by reimagining public spaces. They educate, equip, and empower communities and their leaders to reshape and reactivate built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods. They create tools and resources for those who wish to make change in their community but don’t know where to begin.
This article introduces the Wikiblock project, which provides downloadable files for building materials that can be printed at local makerspaces.
Better Block Recipe
This collection of activities provides ideas for anyone to improve their community through the creation of communal spaces.
Activity Square Recipe
This guide provides step-by-step instructions to create an open activity field for a local community.
Paper for Water
Paper for Water
Through clean water and sanitation projects worldwide, Paper for Water creates opportunities for better health, education, and brighter futures. They raise awareness of the world water crisis through educational programming and community engagement, and their leadership programming empowers youth with skills in philanthropy, public speaking, event planning, and entrepreneurship.
Texas Sisters’ Origami Raises Millions For Clean Water Worldwide
This giving story shares the journey of two sisters who used their passionate for origami to help provide access to clean water to people around the world.
Water Walk worksheet
How many people don’t have access to clean water? How much water does the average person use? Test your knowledge and learn how to save water with this fun printable worksheet from Paper for Water.
Reading Partners mobilizes communities to provide students with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade. They partner with under-resourced schools and engage volunteer reading partners to work one-on-one with students who are working hard to build their reading skills and confidence.
Booklist: 10 stories that honor Afro-Latinx culture
This recommendation list highlights books and stories that celebrate the diversity of Afro-Latinx culture.
Booklist: 12 diverse children’s books written by #OwnVoices authors
This recommendation list spotlights authors and stories with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
Booklist: Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian stories of identity
This book list spotlights the diversity of cultures, histories, and identities that make up the Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian communities.
Booklist: Black History Month is every month
This set of book recommendations encourages families to celebrate diversity year-round by reading stories that celebrate Black history.
Booklist: Can’t miss #OwnVoices books to read with your kids
This list of book recommendations spotlights new and contemporary books by authors and illustrators of color.
Booklist: Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) culture and heritage
This recommendation list spotlights Asian American Pacific Islander authors and the stories that celebrate AAPI heritage and community.
Booklist: Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage through food traditions
This recommendation list features six books that highlight the importance of food to Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures.
Booklist: Celebrating cultural diversity with book and recipe pairings
This list pairs books together with recipes from around the world to help youth and families explore different cultural traditions.
Booklist: Celebrating girls
The list of books celebrates the leadership and accomplishments of girls who take risks and demonstrate confidence.
Booklist: Celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community
This set of book recommendations helps parents and families start conversations about the LGBTQIA+ community while celebrating identity and inclusivity.
Booklist: Celebrating women’s history
This list of books highlights the voices and accomplishments of women throughout history.
Booklist: Clap when you land–Celebrating Hispanic and Latinx cultures
This list of book recommendations features stories that demonstrate and honor the uniqueness of Hispanic and Latinx cultures.
Booklist: Exploring cultural diversity books for adults and kids
This list recommends pairs of books for both youth and adults to learn more about different experiences, cultures, and communities.
Booklist: From Black resistance to achievement and empowerment
This recommendation list celebrates Black history, accomplishment, and empowerment through family-friendly stories for children.
Booklist: Helping children understand forced displacement
This recommendation list helps parents and adults introduce and explain forced displacement and the journeys of refugees to young readers.
Booklist: Honoring Indigenous heritage
This list of books centers the voices and experiences of Indigenous people in North America through diverse representations of different nations and tribes.
Booklist: Lunar New Year
This list features books that celebrate Chinese stories and traditions, including those that feature the Lunar New Year.
Booklist: Native American languages and the importance of bilingualism in children’s books
This list highlights the unique cultures and traditions of Native American tribes in the United States through bilingual books featuring Native American languages.
Booklist: Our favorite food memories and diverse book pairings
This list shares recommendations of books that demonstrate how food can be an important tool to connect with one’s community and culture.
Booklist: Starting a democracy dialogue with your kids
This list of book recommendations helps and encourages parents to start a conversation about democracy and civic engagement with their children.
Booklist: Thriving while unapologetically Black
This list of books shares stories about Black children embracing their culture, joy, and identity.
Booklist: Uplifting Black opportunities, dreams, and joy
This recommendation list curates books for children with a focus on joyful, confident, and inspirational Black stories.
Booklist: Why all kids should read about powerful women
This set of book recommendations helps kids see themselves through literature with a focus on the stories of women who have shaped history.
Booklist: Celebrating Hispanic heritage
This list spotlights Hispanic authors through stories that celebrate the history, heritage, traditions, and experiences of members of the Hispanic community.
Booklist: Stories on Environmentalism and Sustainability
This set of book recommendations shares stories that help kids build awareness of the environment, sustainability, and the actions they can take to support the Earth.
Organizations with aligned objectives supporting youth engagement and philanthropic education.
Learning to Give
Learning to Give
Learning to Give envisions a world where all youth are knowledgeable and equipped for lifelong engagement in philanthropy as givers of time, talent, and treasure for the common good. Their websites offers philanthropy education resources for children, teens, families, educators, and community groups.
The Librarian of Basra Literature Guide
Learn about the bravery of Alia Muhammad Baker, a Muslim woman who saved thousands of library books from destruction during the war in the Middle East, through this discussion and activity guide.
Those Shoes Literature Guide
This guide shares discussion topics and activities to accompany the picture book “Those Shoes,” focusing on generosity and empathy.
The Butter Battle Book Literature Guide
Based on The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss, this guide provides questions and activities to help kids understand being kind, respectful, and empathetic to others regardless of our differences.
Separate Is Never Equal Literature Guide
Help children learn about the history of segregation and the importance of justice and equality with this guide to the book “Separate is Never Equal.”
Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World Literature Guide
This guide provides discussion ideas and activities inspired by the book “Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World.”
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History Literature Guide
Help children learn about the legacies of women in Black history with this discussion and activity guide for the book “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History.”
Swimmy Literature Guide
This guide shares conversation starters and associated activities for use in conjunction with reading the book “Swimmy,” a story about community and the ways we can work together for common good.
Map Your Heartbreak Activity
This activity helps kids identify the causes they are most passionate about, and the actions they can take to support those causes.
Community Mapping Activity
This activity provides a way for youth to recognize the needs of their community and begin to brainstorm the ways that they can take action.
Adultism to Adult Supported
This article identifies common assumptions adults make about young people, and the ways that they can challenge these assumptions to empower youth leaders.
Everyday SEL Reflection Prompts
This collection of conversation starters provides adults with a framework to help young people talk about and reflect on key parts of social emotional growth.
Women and Gender in Society Toolkit
This collection of resources focuses on the topic of on gender equity, providing youth and their communities with service ideas, literature guides, and community resources.
This collection of resources provides lesson plans, activities, service project ideas, and examples to help youth understand and build inclusive communities.
Voting and Civic Participation Toolkit
This collection of resources provides youth with information on civic duty, advocacy, and voting, encouraging young people to use their voice to support the causes they care about.
Service Sparks: Bee and Butterfly Garden
This giving project encourages young people to contribute positively to their local environment by planting and maintaining a garden that’s beneficial for bees, butterflies, and other animals.
Service Sparks: Joy of Reading
This giving project encourages youth to share their talents with younger members of their community by reading to others.
Service Sparks: Family Donation Decision
This giving project helps families understand the values and causes that are important to each family member, and encourages relatives to come together to make decisions that make a difference.
Service Sparks: Beauty Campaign
This giving project helps kids identify the things about themselves that make them feel beautiful, and encourages them to help friends and family do the same.
Service Sparks: Reduce Food Waste
This giving project promotes awareness of food waste around the world and in local communities and encourages kids to pledge to reduce food waste in their families.
Advocacy for Animals Toolkit
This guide equips young people to help animals in need through real-life examples, lesson plans, and reading suggestions.
Veterans and People Who Serve Toolkit
This guide helps youth connect with people who have served their community, from veterans to advocates and volunteers.
Immigration and Refugees Toolkit
This guide helps youth understand the experience of immigration and refugees through current examples, project ideas, and informational resources.
Global Issues and Goals Toolkit
This guide provides an understanding of the main issues that impact people around the world and empowers them to take steps to create a better future globally.
Hunger and Malnutrition Toolkit
This guide shares lessons, activities, and service project ideas to empower youth to take action and help those experiencing hunger and malnutrition.
Blue Sky Envisioning Activity
This printable activity encourages young people to envision a better future and identify the ways they can play a part in making that vision a reality.
“PICS” Research Method for Service Learning
This printable activity helps youth identify sources of information that can help them understand and develop service projects.
Service Sparks: Bird Feeder from Recycled Materials
This project idea allows young people to creatively help animals and their environment by making a bird feeder out of reusable materials.
Service Sparks: Uplifting Art in the Community
This project idea assists youth in learning about the power of art to communicate messages by encouraging them to create something beautiful for someone they know out of materials they have on hand.
Service Sparks: Earth Day Scavenger Hunt
This project idea connects families and friends through an environmental scavenger hunt that can be completed by groups in the same town or across the country.
Service Sparks: Photo Stories of Cultural Generosity
This project idea connects kids with different types of generosity and philanthropy by encouraging them to photograph examples of everyday generosity in their lives.
Service Sparks: Cultural Traditions Calendar
This project idea connects youth with the important celebrations and holidays of diverse cultures as they research and share information about different cultural observances and traditions.
Service Sparks: Family Cultural Night
This project idea empowers kids to learn about their cultural identity while celebrating the diversity of their community.
Service Sparks: Advocacy Posters
This project idea encourages youth to become active listeners as they ask friends and family members to share about the issues that matter most of them. Then, they translate their listening skills into action by creating a poster advocating for positive change.
Service Sparks: Community Accessibility Audit
This project idea encourages youth to evaluate the accessibility of their community and identify opportunities for awareness, improvement, and action.
Service Sparks: Advocacy for School Equity
This project idea helps kids to feel empowered when speaking up about inequity in their learning environments by encouraging them to learn how to report and resolve concerns. They will also learn how to write and share a call to action.
Service Sparks: Gratitude Pen Pals
This project idea helps young people recognize and express the things they are grateful for as they write letters to friends and family.
Service Sparks: Pet Toys from Recycled T-Shirts
This project idea shares a step-by-step guide to help local pets and animal shelters.
Health and Safety Tookit
This resource collection helps kids to understand health-related issues and provides service opportunity ideas that connect youth with their communities,
This resource collection shares background information, activities, lessons, and project ideas to help young people learn about literacy and help individuals in their community learn to read and write.
Homelessness and Poverty Toolkit
This resource collection shares lesson plans, community resources, current examples and more to help kids take action to help individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty.
Equity and Justice
This resource guide helps youth, families, and community groups explore the issues of justice and equity through lesson plans, community resources, service ideas, and more.
The Four Types of Service Action
This resource provides a breakdown of four unique types of service activities, including example projects for those interested in cause areas like environmental stewardship, intergenerational relationships, and kindness.
Service Sparks: Write to Your Representative
This service activity demonstrates the importance of civic duty by empowering students to research the issues that matter most to them, identify their local representatives, and write a letter to share their thoughts.
Conversations with Grandparents
This service activity idea helps kids connect with their grandparents or elderly community members through conversation starters about having fun.
Service Sparks: Neighborhood Ladybug Hunt
This service project brings neighbors together for a fun scavenger hunt, featuring painted ladybugs made by youth and their community members.
Service Sparks: ABCs of Advocacy
This service project creatively engages kids with the fundamentals of advocacy as they make an ABC book about ways to make the word a better place.
Service Sparks: Shout Out to Teachers
This service project encourages young people to share their appreciation for teachers, coaches, and leaders by sending letters and pictures of gratitude.
Service Sparks: Boost Happiness with Art
This service project helps kids spread kindness by encouraging them to first identify the things that make their friends, family, and neighbors happy, then use that information to creative positive window or sidewalk art.
Service Sparks: Gratitude for Essential Workers
This service project promotes gratitude by having youth research and write notes of thanks to those who promote their community’s health and wellbeing.
Service Sparks: Help Neighbors with Yard Work
This service project teaches youth about the power of sharing their talents with their neighbors as they volunteer their time to help members of their community.
Humans and the Environment Toolkit
This toolkit equips youth, family, educators and their communities with the resources to understand sustainability and environmental stewardship.
This toolkit helps young people to understand kindness, and the actions – big and small – they can take to build a kinder community.
Crisis Preparation and Response Toolkit
This toolkit helps young people understand the different types of crises and the actions they can take to help their communities prepare for and respond to unexpected situations.
Art and Culture Toolkit
This toolkit inspires youth to understand and support the role of arts and culture in their communities.
Embracing Neuro and Physical Diversity Toolkit
This toolkit provides discussion topics, lesson plans, and service projects to help youth explore and understand neuro and physical diversity.
Understanding Advocacy and Action
This visual guide helps youth understand the important of advocacy and the ways they can make a difference for good by using their unique skills and talents.
Connecting Skills and Interests to Community Needs
Use your interests and talents to help your community. This video and discussion guide will show you how to connect your passions with community needs.
Raising Philanthropic Children
This online course teaches adults how they can introduce ideas about philanthropy to children of all ages.
The Giving Square
The Giving Square
The Giving Square’s mission is to transform the civic role of children, through a new, inclusive expression of philanthropy. The organization runs experiential school-based programs for 2nd to 8th graders. Their programs nurture children’s natural empathy and desire to help others, supporting kids as they translate those philanthropic instincts into action. The Giving Square also offers workshops specifically for families! To learn more, please visit their website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching Kids How to Give
In this podcast episode, experts discuss why and how we should involve children in philanthropy starting at a young age. They also investigate how we develop a philanthropic identity and the different forms philanthropy can take.
Creative Visions is dedicated to creating a better future for all by providing young people with the tools and resources they need to become creative changemakers. Through their Impact Education programs, they inspire critical thinking, problem-solving, and creative action-oriented learning that enables students to address the most pressing issues facing their communities and the world.
Changemakers in Action | Virtual Field Trip
This series of videos takes kids on a virtual field trip through stories of youth who have taken creative action to make a difference.
Create the Change
Create the Change
No one is too young to make a long-lasting difference. By making community service inspiring, accessible, and approachable for kids and families, we can build a more empathetic and equitable world. For more than a decade, Create the Change® has worked to cultivate the new generation of changemakers who lead from a place of compassion and an understanding of the power of collective action.
Explore Causes: Animals
Do you care about animals? Learn more about the issues affecting them and how you can help at this webpage.
Explore Causes: People
Do you want to help people? Do you want to work towards equality and ensure that everyone has the resources they need? Learn more about these causes and how you can help at this webpage.
Philanthropy Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating and inspiring philanthropy in youth. For more than a decade, Philanthropy Kids has been nurturing a generation of young givers by teaching them how to recognize the needs of their communities and develop creative solutions they can lead.
This educational course provides an understanding of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship, culminating in a capstone project.
This opportunity engages youth with philanthropy through hands-on learning and actionable projects. Kids have the chance to apply for two opportunities: Residencies and Fellowships.
Doing Good Together
Doing Good Together
Doing Good Together works to make volunteering and service, along with daily kindness, easy for every family. They provide support and tools supporting children to be more compassionate and engaged. Their innovative activities, resources, and support help make empathy and “giving back” a natural part of life’s early lessons.
Create a Family Mission Statement
Foster mindfulness and kindness by creating and decorating a family mission statement. This art project is a great keepsake and a wonderful way to discuss values with young children.
Reflection Activity: Help People Coping with Illness
Print this discussion guide to help your family understand how others may be coping with a serious illness – and how you can provide support and kindness during challenging times.
Reflection Activity: Help the Elderly
Help kids understand the importance of building friendships with older adults – and how they can bring happiness to those experiencing social isolation – with this discussion guide.
Reflection Activity: Help the Homeless
Provide ideas for helping people experiencing homelessness with this downloadable reflection guide.
Reflection Activity: Help the Hungry
Inspire kids to get involved with the issue of food insecurity with this reflection guide.
How to Get the Most from Service Activities
Make your family service activities more meaningful with these reflection guides, with questions to ask before and after giving back.
Reflection Activity: Help Fight Poverty
Share key facts, reading suggestions, and conversation topics with your family to build awareness of poverty.
Reflection Activity: Meet Global Needs
Help your family build an understanding of the challenges that impact people around the globe through this discussion guide.
Reflection Activity: Help the Earth
Inspire action to protect our Earth with this printable reflection guide.
Reflection Activity: Care for Animals
Caring for animals helps kids develop the important skill of empathy. Inspire discussion about how we can help our animal friends with this guide.
Students Turn Valentine’s Day into an Annual “Kindness Day” of Service
In this giving story, learn how one elementary school came together on Valentine’s Day to share kindness and serve local nonprofits through community service activities.
Toddler Takes on Community Clean-up – and Hopes Others Join Her
Get inspired by this Giving Story, which shares how one child took steps to make their community cleaner and healthier. This story is great for younger children (Pre-K through 2nd grade).
A Child’s Perspective of Money and Human Dignity
In this Giving Story, read how a simple art opportunity helped ignite a child’s passion for giving – and inspired them to make an impact.
Big-Hearted Sweet 16 “Party with Purpose” Helps New Parents
In this Giving Story, hear how one sixteen-year-old turned her Sweet Sixteen into a service opportunity.
Volunteering as Ushers Leads to Lessons in History, Meeting Others
Read how one student learned an important piece of history as a local volunteer.
Birthday Party of Charity for Children Born into Financial Hardship
Learn how one child used her birthday party to do good for those in need in her community.
A Child’s Birthday Celebration Helps Children in Need
Read this example of how one child turned their birthday into a chance for their friends to help others.
Doing Good Together: 101 Easy, Meaningful Service Projects for Families, Schools, and Communities
In this resource, gain access to a variety of service project ideas across a number of different cause areas, designed with families in mind.
The Busy Family’s Guide to Volunteering: Doing Good Together
This book provides guidance for fitting in service into the busy schedule of family life, with tips that work for kids of all ages.
Family Service Fair Manual with Online Toolkit
Learn how to set up your own service fair in your community with this downloadable handbook.
Helping the Hungry Digital Curriculum
Use these downloadable digital resources to deepen understanding of and inspire action for helping those experiencing hunger.
12 Fun, Creative Birthday Parties That Give Back eBook
Get inspired to celebrate birthdays and help your community at the same time with the ideas in this guide book.
Raise an Upstander eBook with Activities
Encourage the whole family to become “upstanders” with this downloadable guide, including conversation starters and activities.
Family Service Projects for National Night Out™
Bring a Family Service Fair to your neighborhood with help from this guide, which shares how to activate your community in honor of National Night Out™.
DGT’s Family Guide to Active Citizenship
This guide provides helpful tips and advice to become active advocates for solutions to global challenges.
Get Close to Nature Activity Collection
Use this activity guide as a starting point to get the whole family involved with exploring the outdoors and protecting the natural world.
Raising an Anti-Racist Generation Toolkit
This resource kit helps families start conversations about anti-racism and work together to form a more equitable, just society through learning activities and advocacy suggestions.
Kitchen Table Kindness Kit
Use these downloadable resources to foster conversations about kindness with your family, featuring activity checklists and art exercises.
Welcoming New Immigrants & Refugees Family Activity Collection
Start building an understanding of the experience of immigrants and refugees with the resources in this downloadable collection.
Projects to Spread Kindness in the Kitchen
Connect the whole family in the kitchen with this guide to projects centered on cooking and baking for those in need.
Projects to Spark Big-Hearted Family Conversations
Learn how to have important conversations with the whole family in this guide.
Projects to Provide Help When a Natural Disaster Strikes
Download this guide to help children understand natural disasters, and how they can help when they happen locally, nationally, or internationally.
Free Printable Tools to Teach Kindness & Give Back
Use these printable activities as a starting point for inspiring kindness. They are great for children under age 10.
Beyond Our Neighbors: A Curriculum for Expanding Empathy and Compassion to “Others”
This set of lesson plans provides a framework for expanding empathy outside of our immediate circle.
7 Mindset Traps that Keep Families from Giving Back
Learn how to shift your mindset and help your family practice kindness and generosity in this article.
Find suggestions for celebrating differences while also identifying moments of connection between all people with these helpful tips and tricks.
Tools to Raise an Anti-Racist Generation
Use this list of resources and activities to start conversations about racial justice and inequity, and how we can all work together to recognize and call out racism.
Family Volunteering Tips
Learn how to encourage volunteerism in your family with these ten tips, from identifying your family’s passions and interests to reflecting on your experiences together.
Host a Family Meeting
Download and print these resources to guide weekly family meetings – a great time to connect and reflect together.
Worksheets to Kickstart Your Kindness Practice
Use these worksheets to ask thought-provoking questions about how your family’s interests and passions can help serve your community.
Picture Books on Disabilities
Build an understanding of how our differences make us special with this list of books, which share stories of children with disabilities.
Picture Books to Inspire Everyday Kindness
Inspire little actions that make a big difference with these books about ways to spread kindness every day.
Picture Books to Inspire Nature Lovers
Connect with the young nature lovers in your family with this list of book recommendations about exploring the outdoors.
Picture Books to Inspire Environmental Justice Seekers
For kids who are passionate about protecting the environment, find recommendations for books and stories with this list.
Picture Books for Our Youngest Do Gooders
Find books about empathy and compassion for the youngest readers in your life with this list of stories.
Embrace Diversity with Inspiring Picture Books
Encourage conversations about racism, justice, and diverse perspectives through reading books on this list of recommendations.
Picture Book Histories of the USA
Explore stories of American history – with a focus on diversity, inclusivity, and justice – through this list of books.
Picture Books about Immigrants and Refugees
Help start a conversation and answer questions about the experience of refugees with the picture books from this list.
Picture Books about Illness & Hospitals
Help young readers develop compassion and understanding for those dealing with illness by reading one of these book recommendations.
Picture Books for Peacemakers
Start a conversation about what “peace” means to you with the picture books in this list.
Picture Books about Global Poverty
Introduce a global perspective on challenges that are facing the world through this story collection of books about poverty and hunger in different countries.
Picture Books that Nurture Emotional Awareness
Help kids understand the importance of talking about emotions by reading one of these picture book recommendations.
Picture Books for Animal Lovers
This book list shares recommendations for stories that help us to understand how we can extend compassion and kindness to all different kinds of animals.
Picture Books about Bullies, Bystanders, and Being Kind
Start a conversation about kindness and what it means to be an “upstander” with this book list.
Compassionate Holiday Picture Books
Celebrate the holiday season with these books focused on generosity and compassion.
Picture Books To Inspire Gratitude
In this book list, find stories that share the power of being grateful and showing appreciation.
Big-Hearted Books of Poetry for the Whole Family
Dive into poetry as a family with these recommendations, which explore powerful ideas of giving, peace, and more.
Picture Books for a Community Scientist
Spark curiosity and encourage future scientists with this list of books about exploring the natural world around us.
Story Collections that Inspire Compassion
This list of books shares recommendations for story collections with an emphasis on kindness and empathy.
Picture Books to Celebrate Love and Generosity
Get inspired to spread kindness and compassion throughout your community with this list of books.
Picture Books to Inspire Creativity
Use these book recommendations to start a conversation about art – from music to painting and everything in between – and its power to make change.
Picture Books that Illuminate Hunger, Poverty, & Homelessness in America
Help start a conversation with these books that reflect on poverty, homelessness, and hunger in America, and the ways that we can help others.
Discuss Every Story with Printable Conversation Cards
Use family storytime as a starting point for conversations with this list of questions and discussion topics.
Chapter Books Featuring Immigrant and Refugee Experiences
This book list gathers stories with a focus on the experiences of immigrants and refugees around the world.
Chapter Books to Encourage Mindfulness & Gratitude
Help your family understand the importance of staying in the present moment with these books that connect the dots between mindfulness and gratitude.
Chapter Books To Teach Active Citizenship
Encourage conversations about citizenship, activism, and democracy with books from this reading list.
Chapter Books About Bullies, Bystanders, and Being Kind
Being an “upstander” in the face of bullying can be challenging: start conversations about how kids can step in to help during conflicts with these books.
Chapter Books for Animal Lovers
Find books to inspire the animal lovers in your life with this list of recommendations.
Chapter Books to Fuel a Movement
This reading list – accompanied by a set of conversation starters – shares recommendations for books about activism, with suggestions for all different ages.
Chapter Books to Inspire Young Environmental Advocates
Start a conversation about environmental advocacy and the everyday behaviors we can take to help our Earth with the recommendations from this reading list.
Chapter Books that Raise Awareness about Hunger, Poverty, and Homelessness
Help kids understand topics like hunger and homelessness with books from this list of recommendations.
Chapter Books that Celebrate Seniors and Aging
In this book list, find stories that celebrate friendships with seniors and combat stereotypes about aging.
4 Elements of a Kindness Practice
Help your family build a practice of kindness over time with these four steps.
Assemble Care Kits for the Homeless
Build bags of necessities and kind messages to give to people experiencing homelessness.
Cook a Meal at a Shelter
Prepare and serve meals as a family at a local homeless shelter using tips from this giving project guide.
Create a Party-in-a-Box
Help families who may need an extra hand by putting together a birthday-in-a-box – all of the things needed for a celebration in one location.
Create Back-to-School Kits
Help other students go back to school prepared to take on the year with these kits filled with important supplies.
Make Sandwiches for Homeless Shelters
Assemble sandwiches for people experiencing hunger in this hands-on, family-friendly activity.
Plant a Row for the Hungry
Support your local food pantry by designating a section of your garden for produce to be donated.
Back-to-School Kindness Challenge
Use these printable checklists to encourage kindness and generosity during the back-to-school season.
Summer of Kindness Bucket List
Share kindness and build a practice of generosity with each time you check an item off of this printable “bucket list.”
12 Holiday Volunteering Tips
Get inspired to give back during the holiday season with these suggestions, from baking treats for neighbors to participating in a toy drive.
Host a Card-Making Party
This giving project idea shares step-by-step instructions for engaging creativity to make kind, heartfelt handmade cards.
Sponsor a Child or Family for the Holidays
Learn how your family can make a difference for others this holiday season by “adopting” a child or family and providing them with gifts to make the holidays special.
Valentine Kindness Challenge
Spread kindness throughout the month of February with this printable list of generous, empathetic actions – one for every day of the month!
Design a Giving Plate
This creative craft and baking activity helps spread joys to neighbors, especially those who might be experiencing isolation.
Greet Deliveries with Gratitude
Thank delivery professionals this holiday season – or year-round – with this creative activity providing sweet treats.
Become a Community Scientist
Practice science skills while contributing to research projects with this list of opportunities from SciStarter.com.
Advocate for Animals
Learn how to use art as a form of advocacy in this giving project, which provides a guide for illustrating a letter about endangered species for your local representatives.
Assemble and Share Seed Bombs
Support important members of your local habitat by creating sources of key nutrition for pollinators.
Bake Dog Biscuits
Make a difference for pets in need by creating homemade dog treats with this recipe idea, complete with conversation starters and reading suggestions.
Create Pet Toys
Inspire the animal lover in your family to do good with this how-to guide to building pet toys for animals in need.
Make Birdseed Cookies
Provide treats for the birds in your community with these birdseed cookies, which also make a great gift for friends and neighbors.
Make Room for the Hungry
Help inspire an understanding of hunger with this activity guide, accompanied by questions and reading suggestions.
Host a Fundraiser
Share your favorite cause with friends, family, and neighbors by hosting a fundraising event, like a lemonade stand or car wash.
Get Fit for a Cause
Join in on a charity event and get active with these tips for joining a walk, run, or bike ride for good.
Create a Giving Box
Get creative by decorating a container for your family’s charitable contributions, then use it as a conversation starter to talk about the causes and issues your family values the most.
Create a Kindness Display
Read The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, then think more about how you can share everyday acts of kindness with this printable activity.
Create Friendship Bracelets
Start a conversation about friendship with this activity as you make homemade bracelets.
Illustrate acts of kindness
This printable activity is a great way to engage the whole family in conversations about kindness and serving your community in ways both big and small.
Share an Origami Heart
Learn how a small, mailable gift can make a big difference in spreading happiness with this origami project.
Build a practice of sharing joy and generosity with this creative idea, which encourages regular letter-writing to people who need a little cheering up.
Craft Forever Flowers
Use tissue paper to make flowers that will last forever in this activity that will help your family spread cheer.
Start an Upcycle Bin
Encourage your family to get creative and reuse items that might otherwise be tossed away with this project idea.
Clean Up Your Neighborhood
Help your community as a family with this group project idea to clean up natural spaces.
Cultivate a Gratitude Garden
Use this printable template and step-by-step guide to create a celebration of gratitude in your home.
Share Comfort and Big-Hearted Art through the Mail
Send a creative and caring card to one of these organizations, which collect supportive messages for cancer patients, members of the military and first responders, and elderly individuals in nursing homes.
Write Letters to Soldiers
Learn how to send a card to men and women serving our country abroad through this giving project idea.
Visit Older Adults
Find opportunities to collect with elderly adults in nursing homes and care facilities through this step-by-step guide.
Bake for Others
Looking for ways to cheer up a friend or neighbor? Head to the kitchen to bake a special treat for the people you care about.
Make No-Sew Fleece Blankets
Get hands-on with this project to create warm blankets for hospitals, homeless shelters, care facilities, and other organizations who might need them.
Celebrate someone you admire
Practice recognizing the talents and accomplishments of the people you love with this creative idea, featuring printable award templates.
Create Greeting Cards
Learn how art can be used to spread happiness with this giving project idea, which encourages young artists to design and decorate cards.
Decorate Lunch Bags for Meals on Wheels
Bring some joy to others by decorating lunch bags for Meals on Wheels deliveries.
Assemble Breakfast Bags
Help out the Ronald McDonald House with this project guide, which gives step-by-step instructions to create grab-and-go breakfast bags for families of children with serious illnesses.
Create May Day Gifts for your Neighbors
Start spring on the right note with this season gift-giving idea.
Create a Wishing Tree
Make wishes for a better world as part of this family-friendly activity, including reading ideas and conversation starters.
Create an “I Wonder” Wall
Capture the important questions on your family’s mind with these printable poster, inspiring empathy as you encourage each other to ask “what would it be like to be them?”
Design and Share Tear-Off Posters
Decorate posters with messages of kindness to inspire strangers and neighbors alike.
7 Talking Tips to Help Kids Practice Compassion
Help kids build an understanding of kindness and empathy through these quick tips.
Kindness Fortune Tellers
Print and play with these templates for origami fortune tellers that emphasize kindness, compassion, and empathy.
Treat Someone Else This Halloween
Get into the spirit of Halloween with this list of project ideas that put the “treat” in “Trick or Treat.”
Advocate for Your Cause
Learn how to be an active supporter of the causes your family cares about with these tips and conversation starters.
Helping Children Bring Their Passions to Life
Foster your family’s passions with advice from this article, with tips on developing service projects to serving as a mentor.
Are Your Kids Missing Your Message?
Learn how to intentionally share messages about compassion, empathy, gratitude and kindness through your actions and your words.
Raising Courage: Teaching Kids to Do the Right Thing
Help encourage the act of bravery, even in hard situations, with the tips from this article.
Nurturing Compassion in Boys
In this article, learn how to instill and encourage the values of empathy and compassion in boys.
Active Gratitude: Family Traditions for Kinder, Less Entitled, Happier Kids
Practicing gratitude has proven benefits for families – learn how to build a family culture of appreciation and thanks with the thirteen tips in this article.
Create DIY Kindness Kits for Gratitude on the Go
Build simple kits to show your appreciation for others in this activity that helps encourage a practice of gratitude.
Create a DIY Kindness Journal
Find prompts for journaling as a family with this idea for recording acts of kindness in one central place.
8 Acts of Kindness and Service to Share with Older Adults
Celebrate older adults while working to dispel stereotypes with these service ideas.
Challenging Conversations in Difficult Times
In this article, learn how to encourage thoughtful conversation and action regarding current events.
How the Holtz Family & the Girl Scouts Reached Out to Refugees
This Giving Story shares a case study of one family who came together with the Girl Scouts in their community to build welcome kits for refugees arriving in their community.
Teach the Power of Speaking Up
Inspire kids to use their voice for good by teaching them how to contact their elected representatives.
Sign a Petition
Promote the positive impact of citizenship with this activity, which encourages kids to create a petition for a cause they care about.
Practicing Kindness: An Age-by-Age Guide
Help build a practice of kindness with these age-specific tips, tricks, activities, and books.
Put Your Child in Someone Else’s Shoes
Encourage your child to see the world through someone else’s eyes through these activities, which expand on the idea of different perspectives.
Addressing Refugee Crisis with Kids
Help support refugees with these suggestions, including conversation starters to guide conversation with your family.
Celebrate Summer with Guerilla Kindness!
Get inspired to spread kindness in a new and creative way with this list of fun and easy activities.
24+ Quick Acts of Kindness
These printable activities make spontaneous, quick, and easy acts of kindness feel possible for kids of all ages.
Start Some Big-Hearted Holiday Traditions
This article shares ideas for creating meaningful holiday traditions as a family that emphasize kindness and compassion for our communities.
31 Days of Comfort and Cheer
Spread the holiday spirit with this 31-day challenge! Take part as a family in activities that share kindness and compassion with others.
Take Valentine’s Day To Heart
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these 9 ideas for sharing love and kindness with your community.
How Practicing Kindness Can Help Your Anxious Child
Being empathetic towards others has a positive impact on our mental health. Learn how helping others can help your child in this article.
How to Talk to Your Child about Climate Change
Connect with your family about climate change with this conversation and activity guide.
How Consumerism Undermines Your Child’s Well-Being – and How to Fix It
This article shares ways to help your family understand what’s important beyond material possessions by emphasizing mindfulness and gratitude.
Make the idea of heroism easy and understandable for your kids with these books and questions.
Reimagining Your Thanksgiving Celebration
This Thanksgiving, consider how the holiday can be an opportunity to instill empathy. This article encourages us to move beyond expressing gratitude and take action, providing family friendly activity recommendations. The author also encourages us to support indigenous groups and offers conversation starters.
Why Stories Matter and How to Use Them to Make a Difference
Learn how storytelling can be an important tool for moving others to action with this article, complete with conversation starters and activity ideas.
Compassion as a Way of Life: Daily action ideas
Make empathy a part of your family’s daily life through the tips and tricks shared in this article.
Create a Family Giving Circle
In this article, learn how pooling funds together can help teach kids about the importance of charitable giving.
Riaisng Upstanding Children
Help develop moral courage and teach your family to stand up for the people and causes who need it with these tips.
How to Guard Against Raising a “Rescuer”
Understanding that we all have times where we can give help – and when we need help – is important to developing empathy and kindness. Read these tips to help teach your family about the nuances of being both “givers” and “receivers.”
7 Packable Projects for Road Trip Kindness
Make long car rides a fun and engaging time to discuss kindness and service with these conversation starters and activity suggestions.
Add Kindness to Family Routines
Compassion can be an everyday action: use this downloadable guide for activity suggestions to bring acts of kindness into your family’s daily routine.
Daily Giving Countdown
Download this printable list of 30 ideas of daily opportunities for generosity.