CHEERFUL GIVERS

Rating: 4.95 stars   65 reviews 2,083

Issues: Human Services

Location: 1287 Berry Ridge Road Eagan MN 55123 USA

Mission: We believe birthday celebrations instill self-esteem and strengthen family bonds. We empower economically disadvantaged families by offering toy-filled gift bags as a means of celebrating their child''s birthday.
Results: Since we began in 1994, we have provided toy-filled birthday gift bags to more than 800,000 less fortunate children, but the need to do more is great!
Target demographics: We serve economically disadvantaged children between the ages of 3-12.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 154,400 children received birthday bags in 2013
Programs: We address an unmet need which allows economically disadvantaged parents a way to recognize their child's birthday with a gift. Toy-filled birthday gift bags are assembled by thousands of volunteers (including teens with disabilities and the elderly) and are distributed at shelters and food shelves so that less fortunate parents can give their child a birthday gift.
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EIN 41-1774632
651-226-8738
www.cheerfulgivers.org
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Rating: 5 stars  

Cheerful Givers is reaching more hearts than ever! With almost 1 million happy birthdays to-date, Cheerful Givers is serving more communities in need. We're pushing harder than ever. Food shelves and homeless shelters continue to seek birthday gifts for children and families. Therefore, we need your help to meet these needs. Thanks to everyone who's reached out to Cheerful Givers!

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I've enjoyed every minute on the board. Always moving forward and looking for new opportunities and partnerships to spread the message. I've really come to realize that the gift of self-esteem is priceless. Who can deny giving birthday gifts to parents and children in need?

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep growing so we can eradicate the problem of poverty

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 person found this review helpful

There are so many reasons to love Cheerful Givers. A birthday gift is simply a vehicle to increase self-esteem in kids AND parents. It's a little boost that makes a big difference in lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get the word out to more people!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Cheerful Givers is a wonderful organization focused on building children's self esteem and strengthening families. Everyone wants and has a right to feel special!

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1 person found this review helpful

Even as an adult, I still enjoy my special day! So, when I read about Cheerful Givers and considered the children who may not feel "special" on their special day, I felt like I had to get involved. Over the past year and a half I have become involved personally as well as assisting my company in their involvement. Everyone has a great time filling birthday bags and the more we fill, the more we want to fill!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I discovered Cheerful Givers in 2009 and there has been no looking back for me since then. I remember as a child in India, from the age of 1 till I was 14, my mother always celebrated my birthday every year by organizing a birthday party, inviting family members and close friends from around the neighborhood, playing games and having fun. I still recollect the joy on my face when I received birthday presents from my friends and family.

In India, I never heard of such an organization like Cheerful Givers since it is is unique and special for kids who don't get to celebrate their birthdays. Cheerful Givers helps parents living in poverty give their child a gift on their birthday and bringing a smile on their innocent little faces.

I believe in the cause of Cheerful Givers by lending my support in whatever manner possible and proud to be their Volunteer Manager for almost 6 years. Thank you Cheerful Givers ! You are definitely the BEST! There are so many virtual opportunities so please get involved with them today, and you will be so glad that you did!

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first discovered Cheerful Givers 11 months ago on Volunteer Match. Almost instantly, I was drawn to the unique mission of Cheerful Givers. I jumped on the opportunity to “blend technology with altruism… to be able to touch the lives of thousands of people.” “Helping people, even if I may not get to meet them, gives me the mental satisfaction of knowing that I am making a difference in their life, even if in a small way, while working from my home. Since Nov 2009 I have been volunteering in the role of a virtual Volunteer Manager. I was very happy to find something to my satisfaction. The best part was I could work from home where a computer and internet connection were the only requirements. I am mentally happy since I started volunteering with Cheerful Givers because I interact with several volunteers daily & it keeps me occupied since I am a home-maker. So this was a perfect opportunity for me to help Cheerful Givers in a virtual role. The best part of this organization is, even though it is located in Minnesota, anybody can volunteer from any part of the country by being a part of Cheerful Givers. This is a great organization to volunteer with and am sure you will enjoy helping Cheerful Givers just for a day.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my life in many ways. I have become more confident, fearless in writing which was one of my weak points, contribution of certain data from my end makes its way into the monthly newsletter and annual report, gaining knowledge and so on.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope Cheerful Givers was located in CA so I could participate on certain occasions in the activities of Cheerful Givers like the big birthday event that happens every year in March or fund-raisers or toy drives and so on.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Hold an event in SFO, CA and I could be in charge of that event. That would improve my leadership quality.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Confidence, overall perspective to life, importance of poverty, simple living, a good leader, a good persuader, creative in my other hobbies like cooking and exercising, good speaker, and so on.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Happy, Cheerful as the name suggests and a delightful experience.

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2 people found this review helpful

Cheerful Givers is one of the best charities for children and families. As a parent we all know that our children love to get special birthday presents. Yet for many Americans just barely making ends meet, it is sometimes just a plain old luxury to have a gift for your child on their birthday. With this a reality for so many families today, Cheerful Givers is an excellent alternative for a needy child and family. More people should get involved with this awesome charity, they are definitely angels! Not only do they bring smiles to children but parents as well. They help to draw American families back to wholesomeness and pure love! I really enjoy attending to my volunteer duties with Cheerful Givers, they have made a difference in so many lives including my own! Thank you Cheerful Givers you guys are definitely the BEST! Volunteer opportunities consist of virtual volunteers and so much more! Get involved with them today, you will be so happy that you did!

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Cheerful Givers is one of the most down to earth charities that I have ever volunteered with. The staff are over and above nice and they are always available to chat or give advice for future promotions. Cheerful Givers is the best place to volunteer for, no matter what the others tell you, they obviously can not compete with Cheerful Givers. Why? Because Cheerful Givers is for children right here in America that are struggling to have a happy birthday. Children that may be living in a domestic violence shelter or children that may be dependent upon a food bank to eat every month. These kids need us more than anything and by giving just a small amount of time weekly or monthly you can help children in poverty have a chance at having a real birthday present on their birthday. Not only that but you can even have your very own birthday blitz and pick out the items that you are interested in donating to children. You can get your place of business involved and each person can do something to help. This is what Cheerful Givers is all about, the Kids! I am so glad that I found them!

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As a homeschooling mother with tons of responsibilities at home, Cheerful Givers is often times something exciting in our family. We can help children at the same time giving us a chance to have fun! Cheerful Givers opens the opportunities for our family to personally give our time and become responsible individuals. My children love to help raise money for a birthday blitz as well as have the party and give from their hearts! There is so much that Cheerful Givers makes possible, and we are so thankful for this absolutely awesome charity!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand Cheerful Givers world wide!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have now virtually volunteered for two years for cheerfulgivers.org as a Donations Researcher Assistant and I am so happy I found this non-profit. Thanks to Karen and so many volunteers, this is the most organized place I have ever volunteered at! Plus I am making a difference in so many children's and parents lives.

Finally, what I like is Karen actually Thanks You for e-mailing lists of websites to her, and she appreciates her volunteers, and you get featured in a newsletter and so much more.

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I've been a volunteer for Cheerful Givers for 3 years. Their mission is so simple, yet has so much impact. They are truly touching the lives of children in need, whose families aren't able to give them gifts on their birthdays. I love that Cheerful Givers supports these families by helping parents give their children happy memories on their special day. This small act of giving means so much to children living in shelters, and it can make such a positive influence on their self-esteem. I'm so happy that I found Cheerful Givers, a nonprofit with an humble mission that touches lives every day.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make no changes. Cheerful Givers is an awesome organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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1 person found this review helpful

Cheerful Givers embodies the imperative values of generosity, thoughtfulness, and kindness in its mission to make sure that children are remembered on their birthdays. I have had the privilege of collaborating with their enormously talented and dedicated President, Karen Kitchell, for several years, a woman who cares deeply about her volunteers and organization. Cheerful Givers is a first class charity and I am grateful for all that I have learned from their example of giving.
Cynthia Brian,
Executive Director of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3

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Thanks so much, Cynthia, for sharing your thoughts and tremendous support of Cheerful Givers!

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It has been an honor to watch the growth of Cheerful Givers over the years under the expert guidance of President Karen Kitchell. The dedication to giving children a very happy birthday goes above and beyond greatness. Cheerful Givers is my role model for how a charity needs to function.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have been a Cheerful Givers volunteer, board member, and advocate for many years now. I remain inspired and humbled by the work they do to enable parents living in poverty to give their children birthday gifts. I have assembled bags with my own children and, through that experience, been able to teach them about the power of giving. The number of children served grows each year, as does their need for volunteers, donations, and support. I'm proud to continue my support of Cheerful Givers and invite you to do the same.

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I have voluntered with Cheerful Givers for a few years. It is a wonderful organization that spends funds wisely and serves a significant need in our communities.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

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I'm a fairly recent virtual volunteer, helping with writing pieces that bring attention to the uniqueness of Cheerful Givers. It has been a rewarding experience, and even though I am oceans away I have enjoyed being able to give back to those who deserve so much - children. I look forward to continuing my volunteer experience into the future and if you are not already involved with this wonderful organization, you should be. There is nothing more precious then giving the gift that brings a smile to a child's face.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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