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Charity Spotlight: Be A Noble Kid

Be A Noble Kid

Photo Credit: Be A Noble Kid

Be A Noble Kid,  founded in 2013 by Kati Robins, Kimberly Peyton, and Kimberly Kortash, is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping cultivate character, values, and a sense of responsibility in elementary aged children.

By providing resources, lessons, activities, volunteer opportunities, support, and inspiration to parents, teachers and adults who are active in a child’s upbringing, Be A Noble Kid is able to reach these goals.

Be A Noble Kid’s website also provides lessons, resources, and activities that aid in the development of social skills and life lessons empowering children to develop into leaders.

The Gift Of Art / Photo Credit: Be A Noble Kid

The Gift Of Art / Photo Credit: Be A Noble Kid

For example, The Gift of Art is an activity where you can let someone important to you know that you are thinking about them by giving them some of your artwork.

Special Delivery is an activity where you let can be a good friend and write someone you know who is down in the dumps or going through a rough time in their life a note of encouragement to let them know you are thinking about them.

Calendar of Kindness is where you can create your own monthly calendar template by using construction paper squares, free paint color cards, tissue paper scraps, and place the template inside of a 8×10 picture frame, using a dry erase marker to label the calendar and assign an act of kindness to be completed each day, such as smiling at a stranger, picking up litter, or reading a book to someone. You can click here to see all the activities and ideas by month.

Calendar of Kindness / Photo Credit: Be A Noble Kid

Calendar of Kindness / Photo Credit: Be A Noble Kid

Through communication, reflection, and service, Be A Noble Kid hopes all the resources provided will open the lines of communication and opportunity between adults, their children, and their community so that all go out into the world and be noble.

Nonprofit Name: Be A Noble Kid

Website: beanoblekid.org

Twitter Handle: @beanoblekid

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/beanoblekid

Pinterest: Be A Noble Kid

Instagram: beanoblekid

Tumblr: http://www.beanoblekid.tumblr.com/

Noble Kids For Noble Troops Campaign / Photo Credit: Be A Noble Kid

Noble Kids For Noble Troops Campaign / Photo Credit: Be A Noble Kid

Mission/About: Our goal is to help cultivate character, values, and a sense of responsibility in elementary aged children by providing resources, lessons, activities, volunteer opportunities, support, and inspiration to parents, teachers, and all adults who are active in a child’s upbringing.

Our website provides lessons, resources, and activities to aid in developing social skills and life lessons that will empower children to develop into leaders through communication, reflection, and service.

Our hope is that the resources that you find will open up the lines of communication and opportunity between you, your children, and your community in hopes that we may all go out into the world and be noble!

When and who founded the nonprofit? Kati Robins, Kimberly Peyton, and Kimberly Kortash founded Be A Noble Kid in August of 2013

Is the organization a 501c3? yes

Link to your organization on Charity Navigator – http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.profile&ein=464562922#.VJGkH2TF-lw

Link to your organization on GuideStar – http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/46-4562922/be-a-noble-kid-incorporated.aspx

How efficient is your nonprofit? What percentage of donations of all product and financial donations received go toward helping others vs. administrative expenses? Right now, 100% of donations goes to helping others, however we have an upcoming board meeting to determine and vote on the best way to honor the causes that we advocate for, while also recovering start up and administrative expenses.

Noble Kids for Noble Troops Christmas Gifts / Photo Credit: Be A Noble Kid

Noble Kids for Noble Troops Christmas Gifts / Photo Credit: Be A Noble Kid

Could you describe the nonprofit? Be A noble Kid is a volunteer effort dedicated to helping adults raise honorable, virtuous, good, moral, ethical, reputable, unselfish, empathetic, generous, human beings to make the world a better place for all of us. On our website we provide monthly character education topics and lesson plans, resources to help develop social skills, talking points for parents and children to help open the lines of communication, and philanthropic opportunities for kids to help instill a sense of responsibility in our youth. Every few months we do a fund raising campaign for a charity to encourage our youth to “Get Out and Give Back”!

Where are you based and what sets the organization apart? We are based in Glen Allen, Virginia. What sets us apart is our dedication to providing a manageable amount of character education each month, distributing daily/weekly/monthly conversations, support, and resources through our social media community, and organizing meaningful opportunities to involve our youth in philanthropic work so that they will continue to “give back” as they grow into adults.

What initiatives is the organization currently working on? We just concluded “Noble Kids for Noble Troops”. A group of Noble Kids, along with a Be A Noble Kid social media campaign, raised $995 against a goal of $1000 in order to send holiday care packages to our troops in Afghanistan (https://www.myplang.com/g/viewCampaign/index/Noble_Troops).

We are currently organizing “A Happy New Year for the Hilliard House” that will be held on January 24, 2015. The Hilliard House is located in Richmond, VA and is a 501 (c) (3) organization established in 2001 to fill a gap in housing needs for homeless families in the Richmond metropolitan area. The mission of Hilliard House is to provide families experiencing homelessness the tools to achieve housing stability and ensure that each family has access to the supportive services necessary to achieve long term housing stability.

Be A Noble kid will assist a youth run collection campaign for items that the Hilliard House is in need of in order to assist in giving the residents at the Hilliard House a Happy New Year! Each kid who attends the event and makes a donation to the Hilliard House will receive an “I AM A NOBLE KID” wristband. Be A Noble Kid will be providing hot chocolate, cider, treats, and organizing fun-filled activities to ensure that everyone who participates will have a positive experience.

Noble Kids / Photo Credit: Be A Noble Kid

Noble Kids / Photo Credit: Be A Noble Kid

What annual fundraising events does the organization hold? This year we will hold our first annual “Get Out and Give Back” event. This event will be held in August.

What achievements is the organization most proud of? Instilling a sense of responsibility in any child who assists in our fundraisers, and assisting adults in raising noble kids!

Do you work with any brands on cause marketing products or services? We work very closely with our partners in cause marketing. They go above and beyond to help us spread the word and get people involved. We couldn’t do it without them! Find information about each of our partners here: http://beanoblekid.org/about-us/

How can people get involved?

Visit our website and sign up for our monthly newsletter – beanoblekid.org
Follow us on Twitter – @beanoblekid
Like us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/beanoblekid
Nominate a Noble kid – http://beanoblekid.org/noble-kids/
Commit to the monthly activities – http://beanoblekid.org/ideas-activities-by-month/
Use the character building ideas and activities in the classroom – http://beanoblekid.org/ideas-activities/
Support our mission – https://www.myplang.com/g/viewCampaign/index/Create_Noble_Kids

Come out and support Be A Noble Kid fundraisers, or lead your own fundraising campaign in your community!

Noble Kids for Noble Troops / Photo Credit: Be A Noble Kid

Noble Kids for Noble Troops / Photo Credit: Be A Noble Kid

 

 

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