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Inspiring Stories of Children Who Have Started Charities

From helping to provide unused food from college campuses to feed local communities, to raising money for children with cancer and even collecting and distributing used coats to keep people in need warm during the cold winter, these remarkable young people should be saluted...

I hope that their work will warm your heart as it did mine and perhaps inspire new ways to give back.

Food Recovery Network. This is the largest student movement against food hunger and waste in America. In 2011, four students at the University of Maryland, College Park, noticed good dining hall food ending up in the trash at the end of the night. By the end of the school year, FRN…

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 Inspiring Stories of Children Who Have Started Charities

From helping to provide unused food from college campuses to feed local communities, to raising money for children with cancer and even collecting and distributing used coats to keep people in need warm during the cold winter, these remarkable young people should be saluted.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our Founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.

Childrens Health Fund

Children's Health Fund, founded in 1987 by pediatrician/child advocate Irwin Redlener, MD, and singer/songwriter Paul Simon, is committed to providing comprehensive health care to the nation's most medically underserved children through the development and support of innovative primary care medical programs and the promotion of guaranteed access to appropriate health care for all children.


ECHOage is an online birthday party service that gives kids a chance to get the birthday gifts of their dreams while instilling the joy of giving at a very young age.

Feed the Children

Feed the Children exists to end childhood hunger. It’s the cause upon which we were founded in 1979 and the one that we continue to fight for each and every day.


Since 2010, Lionsraw has been recruiting and enabling football fans around the world to invest in transforming the most needy communities, to create chances for change for disadvantaged children.


Help us feed our kids here at home -- one by one give every child the sustenance to excel and the energy to just be a kid. Be a part of the solution.

Pencils of Promise

We’re a global community that believes everyone deserves access to quality education. We’re reshaping the landscape of education guided by our 100% PROMISE

Rainbow Trust

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity provides practical and emotional support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. We support 1,000 families each year.

Smile Train

Smile Train is an international children’s charity that provides 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in 85+ countries. Our sustainable model empowers local doctors to provide cleft care in their own communities.

ACEing Autism

Our mission is to make the sport of tennis available to children with autism and to use tennis as a means to enhance health and fitness, hand-eye coordination and motor development and improve the social skills for children with autism.... And, of course, to make sure kids have fun in the process!

Airline Ambassadors International

Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) helps orphans and vulnerable children worldwide by leveraging connections with the airline industry towards humanitarian service.

Auction of Washington Wines

The Auction of Washington Wines is the 501 (c) (3) non-profit philanthropic organization of the Washington wine industry and one of the top charity wine auctions in the nation. The event is the industry's annual gift to its communities across the state, benefiting Uncompensated Care for patients and families at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center and the Washington Wine Education Foundation.

Believe In Tomorrow Children's Foundation

Believe In Tomorrow provides exceptional hospital and retreat housing services to critically ill children and their families. We believe in keeping families together during a child's medical crisis, and that the gentle cadence of normal family life has a powerful influence on the healing process.

British Dyslexia Association

Our vision is that of a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people to reach their potential.

Cancer Family Care

For more than 35 years, we have provided individual and group counseling, education, and emotional support to all people affected by cancer or death. Our programs are available at four area offices, and to ensure continuity of care, our social workers and counselors are glad to make house calls.

Childhood Cancer Lifeline

Our mission is to empower New Hampshire families who are coping with childhood cancer by providing knowledge, resources, assistance, and hope.

Childhood Leukemia Foundation

The Childhood Leukemia Foundation is a national non-profit organization that offers a wide range of services at no charge to children living with cancer and their families. Our goal is to make sure children battling cancer know they are not alone.

Children in Need

Children in Need helps disadvantaged children in the UK through a range of services such as providing care and support for children who are unwell or disabled, after-school clubs, youth clubs, and grants for similar organisations.

Children International

Our mission is to bring real and lasting change to children living in poverty. In partnership with contributors, we reduce their daily struggles, invest in their potential, and provide them with the opportunity to grow up healthy, educated and prepared to succeed and contribute to society.

Children's Cause for Cancer Advocacy

The Children's Cause for Cancer Advocacy (CCCA) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that works as a national catalyst to stimulate drug discovery and development for childhood cancers, to expand resources for research and treatment, and to address the needs and concerns of survivors.

Children's Charities of America

Children's Charities of America (CCA) is a federation of America's finest national organizations working to protect and enhance the lives of all children in America and overseas.

Children's Environmental Health Network

The Children's Environmental Health Network is a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the fetus and the child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthy environment.

Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation

It is the belief of the Board that funding of research projects at hospitals and institutions across the country that specialize in neuroblastoma and other solid tumor cancers will best serve the purposes of our foundation in hopes of finding a cure.

Children's Tumor Foundation

The Children's Tumor Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) medical foundation, dedicated to improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by the neurofibromatoses. The mission of The Children's Tumor Foundation, is to encourage and support research and the development of treatments and cures for neurofibromatosis types 1 and 2, schwannomatosis and related disorders.

Children's Wish Foundation International

We are committed to bringing joy and happiness to seriously ill children throughout the world and this dedication has created special experiences for children around the globe. To date, Children's Wish Foundation International has touched the lives of children in 53 countries, providing a lifetime of memories for them and their family.

China California Heart Watch

Brings together experts from the United States, China, and around the world. Together, we use innovative and sustainable methods to combat the growing epidemic of heart disease in Yunnan Province, China.

CLIC Sargent

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. We are there from diagnosis onwards and aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer

Convoy of Hope

At Convoy of Hope our goals are to provide help and hope to people in need in the United States and around world through our children's feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing.

CureSearch for Children's Cancer

Combined efforts of the National Childhood Cancer Foundation and the Children's Oncology Group.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit donor-supported organization, is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.

Diabetes Hope Foundation

Diabetes Hope Foundation is a grassroots non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of children and adolescents living with diabetes. Diabetes Hope Foundation enables young children and adolescence to aspire to their full potential through education, self-management and future independence.

Diabetic Youth Foundation

The mission of the Diabetic Youth Foundation is to improve the quality of life for children, teens and families affected by diabetes. The Foundation provides education and recreation within a supportive community, encouraging personal growth, knowledge and independence.

Dyslexia Action

We are specialists in assessment and tuition for children and adults.We are the UK's largest supplier of teacher training courses to specialise in dyslexia. Our services are available from 26 centres around the country.

Dyslexia Scotland

A voluntary organisation representing the needs and interests of dyslexic people in Scotland. Our goal is to encourage and enable dyslexic people, regardless of their age and abilities, to reach their potential in education, employment and life.

Easter Seals

Provides exceptional services to ensure that people living with autism and other disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play.

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation seeks to prevent pediatric HIV infection and to eradicate pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs.

Exceptional Children's Foundation

Exceptional Children's Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to serving children and adults with developmental and other disabilities to enable them to reach their greatest potential.

Faces: The National Craniofacial Association

For 37 years, FACES: The National Craniofacial Association has been dedicated to assisting children and adults who have craniofacial disorders resulting from disease, accident, or birth.

Families of Children with Cancer

Families of Children with Cancer Organization is run by volunteers who are devoted to education, support, and advocacy for families living with the effects of childhood cancer.

Feeding America

Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. Each year, the Feeding America network provides food to more than 25 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States, including more than 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors.

First Candle

First Candle exists to promote infant health and survival during the prenatal period through two years of age. We do this through programs of advocacy, education and research. SIDS, stillbirth and other infant death bereavement services are a critical component of our mission.

First Hand Foundation

First Hand Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted.

Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children

To provide access to medical care for underprivileged and medically underserved families around the world.

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts provides free reconstructive plastic surgery and related medical services to disadvantaged children and young people with physical deformities.

Healthy Child-Healthy World

Healthy Child Healthy World is dedicated to protecting the health and well being of children from harmful environmental exposures. We educate parents, support protective policies, and engage communities to make responsible decisions, simple everyday choices, and well-informed lifestyle improvements.

Herbalife Nutrition Foundation

Created in 1994 by Herbalife Founder Mark Hughes (1956-2000), the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) is a global non-profit foundation dedicated to improving the lives of children around the world by helping provide access to good nutrition.

Human Dignity Foundation

Guided by its vision, Human Dignity Foundation supports relevant organisations to expand and improve their work with children and young people in Africa and Asia.

International Children's Heart Foundation

The mission of the International Children's Heart Foundation (ICHF) is to bring the skills, technology and knowledge to cure and care for children with congenital heart disease to developing countries.

Keep a Child Alive

Keep a Child Alive believes that every person has the right to health care and that all children deserve a future. We support innovative, community-led responses that increase access to life-saving HIV treatment and care, nutritious food, and loving support for children and families living with and affected by HIV in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and India.

Kids Caring 4 Kids

Inspiring & empowering kids to care. Providing basic human needs to kids in Sub-Saharan Africa.


The Mondiale LifePod Meet the LifePod, our simple invention set to change the world. The more you give, the more of these we can build and the more little hearts we can keep beating. Millions of babies die each year because they don't have access to neonatal care. Help us raise two million dollars to start producing our revolutionary LifePod incubators. Each LifePod costs just $2000 to make and can save hundreds of babies' lives. You can save a life by donating as little as $20.

Locks of Love

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

Lunchbox Fund

The Lunchbox Fund is a Non-Profit Organization that focuses on fostering education via nutrition by providing a daily meal for orphaned and at-risk school children in township and rural areas of South Africa.


We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Making Headway Foundation

A foundation dedicated to the care, comfort and cure of children with brain and spinal cord tumors.

March of Dimes

Our mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. We carry out this mission through research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies' lives.

Michael Cuccione Foundation

The Michael Cuccione Foundation is honored to provide funds to community groups, hospitals, and non-profit organizations across North America who share our dream in creating a world where all children are allowed to be children.

Miracle Flights

Since 1985, we have continued to fulfill our mission to help families overcome financial obstacles and access the proper medical care and 2nd opinions for their seriously ill children.

MISS Foundation

We are a volunteer based organization committed to providing crisis support and long term aid to families after the death of a child from any cause. MISS also participates in legislative and advocacy issues, community engagement and volunteerism, and culturally competent, multidisciplinary, education opportunities.

Muscular Dystrophy Association

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency -- a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans.

Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation

You don't have to face muscular dystrophy alone. Each year, hundreds of people with a neuromuscular disease, and their loved ones, turn to the MDFF for support. We offer comprehensive support programs to ensure clients' medical and emotional needs are taken care of.

Muscular Dystrophy UK

Muscular Dystrophy UK (previously known as the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign) is the charity bringing individuals, families and professionals together to fight muscle-wasting conditions.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

To raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.

National Hemophilia Foundation

The National Hemophilia Foundation is dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for bleeding and clotting disorders and to preventing the complications of these disorders through education, advocacy and research.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Every child deserves the best possible chance to rebuild their life after abuse That’s why we’re here. We're the leading children's charity fighting to prevent child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. Join us in the fight for every childhood.

National Stuttering Association

The NSA is the largest self-help support organization in the United States for people who stutter. Our mission is to bring "hope, dignity, support, education, and empowerment to children and adults who stutter, their families, and the professionals who serve them."

Nelson Mandela Children's Fund

The Nelson Mandela Children's Funds target beneficiaries are children and youth from birth to 22 years of age who come from impoverished backgrounds. To maximise the positive impact of our resources, the Fund works closely with fellow development organisations, government, the private sector and other interested parties.

No Kid Hungry

No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.

Operation Rainbow

Although primarily focused on providing orthopedic surgeries in impoverished countries, Operation Rainbow pursues partnerships that broaden our ability to serve needy children around the world.

Pearl S. Buck International

Welcome House has always operated based on the belief that the needs of children transcend borders. Throughout our history we have found families for children all over the world.

Plan International

Plan works in more than 50 countries around the world to make a lasting impact on the lives of children, families, and communities.

Rhys Daniels Trust

The aim of the Rhys Daniels Trust is to provide 'Home from Home' care, in support of major hospitals across the UK. All our facilities are self-contained and supplied free of charge and for as long as the family needs them.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

RMHC has three core programs that help families in need: Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. As the most well-known program, Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army's social service ministry seeks to meet human need in Christ's name; to alleviate human suffering, and to promote wholeness by addressing the spiritual, social, emotional, psychological and physical well-being of those served. Believing that caring is an expression of Christian love, it strives to empower people by helping those served assemble and discover choices. It bases its services on community needs, and works collaboratively with others in addressing those needs.

Save A Child's Heart

Save A Child's Heart is one of the largest undertakings in the world providing urgently needed pediatric heart surgery and follow-up care for children from third world and developing countries.

Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves.

Saving Little Hearts

Saving Little Hearts is dedicated to helping children with congenital heart defects and their families by providing financial and emotional assistance and educational information. Saving Little Hearts also strives to provide enriching, educational and fun experiences for these children.

Shot at Life

Shot@Life educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries. A national call to action for a global cause, the campaign rallies the American public, members of Congress, and civil society partners around the fact that together, we can save a child’s life every 20 seconds by expanding access to vaccines. By encouraging Americans to learn about, advocate for, and donate to vaccines, Shot@Life aims to decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give every child a shot at a healthy life.

Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals are at the forefront of medical treatment and research in orthopaedic, burn and spinal cord injury care. More than 800,000 young people are today able to lead better, fuller lives, thanks to the hospital and medical services we have provided.

Sickle Cell Disease Association of America

Our Goal is to Promote Finding a Universal Cure for Sickle Cell Disease while Improving the Quality of Life for Individuals and Families where Sickle Cell Related Conditions Exists.

Spina Bifida Association

When you support the Spina Bifida Association, you know that your investment is working for the future of the 70,000 men, women, and children in the United States who live with Spina Bifida. Your support will help SBA continue to serve, strengthen, and enrich the lives of those with Spina Bifida and those who love them through research, prevention, education, and advocacy.


Wish granting has remained the heart of Starlight's work. A Starlight wish is more than just a special treat to look forward to when the pain won't go away: it gives children a wonderful choice to make all by themselves at a time when most decisions need to be made for them. A wish remains a positive focus throughout long periods of treatment or recuperation.

Starlight Children’s Foundation

We help seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities.

Sunshine Foundation

The Sunshine Foundation's sole purpose is to answer the dreams of seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children aged three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to financial strain that the child's illness may cause.

Sunshine Kids

The Sunshine Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to children with cancer.

The Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation

Our mission is to raise funds for scientific research and heighten public awareness of this most devastating disease and to improve prognosis and quality of life for those that are affected.

The Children's Heart Foundation

To date, The Children's Heart Foundation has funded 30 research projects with $2.5 million. Each year, we fund the most promising congenital heart defect research under the direction of our Medical Advisory Board.

The David Foster Foundation

The David Foster Foundation is dedicated to two chief goals; to provide financial assistance for non-medical expenses, which are not otherwise covered by governmental agencies, to families in Canada with children who are in need of major organ transplants, and to raise public awareness regarding organ donation.

The FOD Group

Our mission is connect and network with FOD Families and Professionals around the world and to provide emotional support, Family Stories, practical information about living with these disorders, and Medical Updates to inform families of new developments in screening, diagnosis, research and treatment.

The Life You Can Save

The Life You Can Save is a movement of people fighting extreme poverty. We hold that an ethical life involves using some of our wealth and resources to save and improve the lives of those less fortunate than us.

The MORGAN Project

Working together to promote awareness and support of parents caring for their special-needs children, and to enhance the quality of life for these special families.

The Tomorrow Fund

The Tomorrow Fund is the only non-profit organization that provides daily financial and emotional support to children with cancer and their families who are treated at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.

Tomorrows Children's Fund

TCF provides a warm, healthy and loving environment for children in treatment; a full scope of services to relieve families'' emotional and financial stress; the very best possible medical care; and funding for research on these diseases. All of which confirms our belief that through hope, hard work and heartfelt generosity, extraordinary things are possible.

Tourette Association of America

Our mission is to identify the cause of, find the cure for and control the effects of Tourette Syndrome. We offer resources and referrals to help people and their families cope with the problems that occur with TS. We raise public awareness and counter media stereotypes about TS


UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality

United Cerebal Palsy

The project is designed to raise public awareness about the serious challenges that remain for people with disabilities and develop strategies, initiatives, programs, and public policy to address them.

Vaccinate Your Family

Founded to promote and support immunization of all children against childhood diseases.

War Child

War Child International is the joint initiative of War Child United Kingdom (UK), War Child Holland and War Child Canada. Although each organisation was founded – and operates – independently, we are brought together through our common vision and dedication to supporting children and young people affected by war. Together we are able to leverage our individual and collective strengths to reach more children and have a deeper impact. Collectively, we reach hundreds of thousands of children worldwide.

Warner House

Metabolic Supplement for Correction of Raging Free Radicals in Trisomy 21

Whole Kids Foundation

Whole Kids Foundation is dedicated to helping kids eat better—and enjoy it!

Wigs for Kids

Wigs for Kids provides children with complimentary, custom-made hairpieces to help them look themselves, so they can enter back into the world without the ridicule and embarassment associated with hair loss.

Wish Upon A Star

We are a non-profit, law enforcement effort designed to grant the wishes of children afflicted with high risk and life threatening illnesses. Our services are available to children throughout the state of California, ages 3 through 18 years. Wish Upon A Star has granted over 1800 wishes in our 25 years of service.

Wishing Star

The Wishing Star Foundation, Inc. is the oldest, wish-granting organization in Eastern and Central Washington and Idaho. Wishing Star grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses between the ages of 3 and 21. A child does not need to be terminal to qualify for a wish.

World of Children

We are an organization that raises money to fund, elevate and educate the world’s bravest heroes who are running high-impact programs for the world's most vulnerable children.

WorldVentures Foundation

Every organization has a mission. Ours is simple, and from the heart. We create positive change in the lives of children all over the world. That means supporting sustainable programs that promote their health, happiness, safety and development. We accomplish our mission through four key areas: VolunTours, Volunteer Days, DreamCourts and fundraising.

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