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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Camps, Children & Youth, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations, Recreation & Sports, Sports, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.

Target demographics: We are changing school culture by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school every day. We create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Playworks currently serves more than 1,300 schools in 23 U.S. cities, and reaches more than 700,000 students directly and through professional training services.

Geographic areas served: Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health.

Programs: Playworks partners with schools, districts, and after-school programs to provide a service or mix of services including on-site coaches, professional training for school staff who support recess, and consultative partnerships.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Andrea155

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization that uses an effective method to improve the health and well-being of kids and communities!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is terrific, and has a very important mission. Safe, active play is imperative for our elementary school kids, and Playworks highly motivated and energized coaches and staff ensure that it happens -- all while creating a statistically significant increase in classroom focus and reading comprehension. What's not to love?

Donor

Rating: 5

I feel great about donating to Playworks -- what an amazing organization and I am happy to support their mission to keep kids active and educate everyone about the value of play in children's lives. I am lucky to have corporate matching to double my gift. Thank you, Playworks, for all you do to improve the lives of our children!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Playworks is a key partner of Kaiser Permanente NW in our effort to promote a culture of health in schools through our Thriving Schools initiative. Research shows that active kids are healthier kids, that they experience a greater sense of well-being and that they do better at school. Playworks makes lifelong health possible for all kids through a focus on fun, inclusive physical activity during recess and after school. We have been excited to support their work and to see the excellent results.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Playworks is getting it done! They are a great example of where impact, scale, and system change intersect. They are effecting the lives and future of low income children by transforming the school climate in which they go to every day. They are doing this work in 22 regions across the United States; changing the way schools think about the value of play for children. As a funder, I can't think of a better return on my investment. Keep doing more of this important work!

Donor

Rating: 5

Playworks is a wonderful organization. I have rarely seen such dedication and enthusiasm in other organizations who work with public schools. Playworks staff work hard to provide safe and encouraging environments in which children can play. If you ever get the chance to watch a Playworks coach at work, take the time because you will be very impressed with their skills, but mostly you will get the chance to see children happily at play!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Playworks for over 2 years now on various capacities. I am constantly blown away by the strides they make and the difference they make in the community each day. The leadership team for is genuine and cares for the youth they serve. I have seen firsthand the results that the Playworks program has on kids. I am proud to be involved in such a rewarding organization who truly makes a difference.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization with even more amazing leadership behind it. What they do for children and the community is outstanding and truly makes a difference in the lives of our future leaders. I have been involved with Playworks for over a year now and can't say enough good things.

Donor

Rating: 5

My company has done a fundraising day with Playworks, and has done some filming of their schools and organization. Playworks is one of the most innovative, holistic and promising nonprofits I have ever come across. I am personally inspired by their mission and all of their messages in my own life as a mother and community member. I am inspired to spread their message and ideas, and feel that is part of what they would like to happen. They are not only an organization that is affecting communities, schools and kids all over the country, but they are also clearly the start of a movement. And every part of what they do feels like the kind of changes our kids and our communities need - and most especially our schools.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great leaders and great cause. An amazing experience all around.