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Alice's Kids

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: To enhance the self-esteem of children in need by providing them targeted financial assistance that will facilitate their participation in scholastic, recreational and social activities.

Results: Alice's Kids provides direct assistance to children in grades K-12. In 2015, we spent $19,623 on children but by 2019, that amount increased to $159,311. And as of April, 2020 we have already spent approximately $90,000.

Target demographics: Children in need in grades K through 12.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 2100 children in 2019

Geographic areas served: 31 states and the District of Columbia

Programs: Over the years we have built a network of hundreds of teachers, social workers, police department personnel, homeless shelter staff and others who, upon identifying a child with a specific need, send us a request form for assistance. The child might need a winter coat or glasses, They might hide in the back of the classroom as others are exchanging senior yearbooks that they could not afford or cannot attend school because they cannot afford the school uniform. The teacher asks for help and we process the request within 24 hours. In the case of a gift card (e.g., the child needs track shoes), we might send the teacher a Dick's Sporting Goods gift card. The teacher prints it out and presents it to the parent who then can proudly announce to their child that they are going shopping for those shoes! All of our assistance is provided anonymously to help preserve the dignity of the child.

Community Stories

223 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids helped two young boys that I work with to buy a laptop so that they can do their remote classwork on something other than an old smartphone. The process of applying for the money was easy, helpful, and compassionate each step of the way. Thank you Alice's Kids!!

1 Shannon W.4

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that this non-profit tweets out updates of how the money we donate is being used. I know intellectually that it makes a difference, but it really warms my heart to hear about real children being helped in small but significant ways.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

What I love about this non-profit is that they provide the simple things, but those things can be life changing. Things like a soccer kit for a child who can’t afford the gear needed to join a team, or funds to attend the senior trip so a student isn’t left out of memories or science camp for a budding STEM professional. I love how genuine they are.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids is phenomena. I am so thankful my agency has has their support. It takes a village to assist a child. Without Alice's Kids, my job would be impossible. I am the Director of a residential program for teen mothers and their children. The help Alice's Kids gives to us is heartwarming and so inspiring.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor, the detailed and thoughtful updates I receive from Alice’s Kids about their good works both brighten my day as well as affirm my choice that this is an impactful charity to donate to.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alice's kid's has recently helped children from three different families that I work with. Thank to Alice's Kids an elementary aged boy will be able to attend a science day camp at a dolphin facility, and five teens will be able to start school this fall in new shoes! The application process was easy and I was notified within a day of my requests that funds were awarded. Their care for kids and compassion is evident. The students and I are extremely grateful to Alice's Kids!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with women, and their families, who are homeless due to domestic violence. The level of needs for those families is too high and I am always looking for organizations and partners that support our mission and job with those families.

We have found in Alice's Kid a perfect ally to perform our job. Alice's Kid love, passion, and care have been supporting our families in fulfilling their basic needs. Thanks to Alice's Kids' assistance, our clients' children have been able to ride to a library in a new bicycle, or get personal care items, or renew their eyeglasses prescription.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Children's Care Coordinator who assists children and families in need of assistance. Alice's kids is a great organization that provides hope to those families, especially children transitioning out of homeless shelters and into permanent housing that don't have basic necessities for their new room. The organization is very helpful and accommodating.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I was fortunate enough to know a young man both before and after Alice's kids changed his life.

I have had the honor of witnessing what they can do to one child.

Imagine what they could do for so many more

3 Lindsay Catron C.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing group that helps people in need with practical things that can help in such big ways!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids is a fantastic organization that answers the call for children in need. Small, simple, anonymous acts of kindness that are of great importance to kids. Most impressive is their ability to act swiftly when time is a leading factor.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

The posts from Alice's Kinds are a highlight of my twitter feed. These small, wonderful simple acts that most importantly are kept anonymous, allowing the parent or guardian to experience the joy and pride of making something wonderful happen, can be the thing that changes a life. I have donated to Alice's Kids and will continue to support their efforts as I am able.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I always reading the stories from Ireland. I'd love if there was an Irish version

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I heard about Alice's Kids through Twitter and started following their stories. They do such amazing work, one small act of kindness at a time. I think they make a big difference for the kids they help both with the assistance they provide and by letting the kids and their families know that people care. Alice's Kids is a bright spot in an often difficult world.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I came across Alice's Kids via twitter, it was something that as an only child of a single parent, I myself had often thought of reaching out to a school or something and seeing if there was a child that could use a helping hand in some financial way. I realised that as a lone person that may come off as a bit odd, but then found that Alice's Kids had had those same feelings through different experiences of childhood and were acting upon it. I instantly donated, and as often as I can I share information on their organisation, because their micro payment works are the stuff of dreams.
They are truly doing something in not only a worthwhile manner, but by including the teachers and social workers, they are building a community of support that makes that net even stronger and larger to reach out and embrace children in need.
I love what they are doing, they are accepting donations and using them as fast as they come in, and they engage with the public through twitter and other ways.
If you happen to stumble upon their name or see something they have done, and cannot do anything financially yourself, I encourage you to just tell someone, even if it is your own children, let them know that there is such a place as Alice's Kids and let them be the ones that whisper in a teachers ear and let them know that another child is in need in their school, or tell you so you can pass on the information. While teachers and adults do their best, often a child sees more going on than is clear.

Thank you Alice's Kids for making 2020 not so difficult, your goodness brings light to everyday!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Alice’s Kids does great work for those most in need!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I've always been a big believer in charities that work to make the lives of kids better, especially those that recognize that all children want new crayons or the same kinds of clothes their friends wear or opportunities to attend summer camps, take part in sports, or have adventures their parents may not be able to afford. It was a thrill to find Alice's Kids doing all of that, and doing it in a way that doesn't call attention to what the children lack or their parents' poverty, but through giving quietly and behind the scenes. I support this effort and encourage everyone to do the same if you can.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids is a tremendous organization that partners with schools and community organizations to fill unmet needs of children who are facing really tough challenges. I am humbled by the beautiful acts of humanity and kindness that Alice's Kids makes possible.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm proud to support this organization don't such good for so many children. And all in ways that respect those children's dignity.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that they help anonymously so the kids don’t know it was charity. Helps the kids and parents maintain some dignity. I look forward to their updates on Twitter, since it’s pretty much guaranteed to make you smile.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

The stories they post on Twitter always warm my heart. Happy to donate.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife is a social worker and tells me of the great things Alice's Kids does by funding quality-of-life needs for children: new shoes, clothes for the prom, camp fees, art supplies, and books. I love their shift to sending books to kids who lost access to libraries when schools shut down this past spring. They are giving kids hope in small but essential ways.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids is a great charity that effectively and immediately makes an impact on children's lives.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Stumbled on Alice's Kids on Twitter and was immediately taken with their unique approach. Little things mean so much! So thoughtful, genuine and loving. I'm a proud supporter of Alice's wonderful work

2

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity is designed around self esteem and empowerment of underprivileged children.
How can anyone be indifferent to their plea?

2

Donor

Rating: 5

To give children what they need to feel better about themselves (even the little things), and to give parents the dignity to get those things for their children which helps improve the family dynamic, is a much needed focus in today’s world. Alice’s Kids does exactly that. What they provide is worth so much more than money.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I support Alice’s Kids because they look at individual children who need help. Getting new shoes, suit coat, money for camp, or even a gift card for a meal out with your family can mean the world to someone. I have never felt better about donating to such an amazing organization!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Alice’s kids is a great charity that makes a difference at a grass roots level.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The gifts these kids are receiving may be the one bright spot in their young lives that let's them know they matter. Love reading those & am making this one of my designated causes for charity this year!

2 Nikki S.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids ROCKS! They do amazing things for children.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I first read came across Alice's Kids when I read an article in the Washington Post. I've since become a yearly contributor. They don't bombard you with more requests for money, but instead send a maybe quarterly email with reports on stories of children they've helped. It's a bright spot in my day reading those stories. They respond quickly to emails. And they are truly thoughtful in allowing the families they help as much dignity as possible. I just love this organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been so touched and impressed with the work of this organization. It’s so difficult for programs to find funds for these items that do so much to restore dignity and hope for children, but Alice’s Kids steps up every time.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I discovered Alice’s Kids on Twitter. After doing some research the history and their story struck a chord in me. A long time ago I was a newly-single mother of a one year old. While I recognized how fortunate I was to have a supportive family and a college degree, I spent more than a few years working two jobs and watering down the juice to make it last longer. The joy I felt at my child’s joy the first Christmas that “Santa” brought more than books and puzzles is with me even today. The small acts of bringing joy and relief to children is what I love about Alice’s Kids.

2 Katie M.14

Donor

Rating: 5

We donated daughters birthday money to this amazing charity which does so much to help so many kids.

2 Joyce D.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-proft helps people in ways that are so important. Other agencies do not have the capacity or programs to do what Alice's Kids does! Every story shared by them warms the heart and gives hope!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I support Alice’s Kids because of their compassionate, personalized outreach to young people in the community. While the donation amounts may seem small to some, they are everything to the kids who are helped!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

People think unless you give large amounts it’s not significant, or that you must have a huge need to get help. The recipients of Alice’s Kids help would disagree I’m sure. Sometimes the dollar amounts they provide assistance with may seem small to some, but are everything to the kids who are helped with shoes for sports, or fees to an event.

4 Lisa C.10

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am counselor in Texas and recently I reached out to Alice's kids with a grant request. I have a student whose family has had a lot of difficulties due to health problems of one of their siblings (who also attends our school). She has been hospitalized several times due to a serious heart condition. She has spent weeks in the hospital and that has led to absences and disruption to the whole family's routine. It has also called financial difficulty because her mother who has had to miss a lot of work to attend to surgeries and appointments on a regular basis.

My student is very supportive of her sister and understanding of the sacrifices the entire family must make. Due to missed school, she has had to retake a couple of classes. At the same time, she is in our school's cosmetology program and has a goal of receiving her license next year when she graduates. In order to complete the program (which they have already paid for) and complete her graduation requirements she needs to take two classes over the summer. Alice's Kids has been amazing it helping to make this happen! I appreciate it so much.

My student is a sweet girl and makes many sacrifices so that her sister can receive the care she needs. I love to see her receive this support so that she can achieve her post-high school goal of being a cosmetologist. She has already worked very hard to get this far in the program. THANK YOU ALICES KIDS!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

HI, I have two passions that I act on, kids and vets. I am able to make a difference with vets by donating to Wounded Warriors. I donated sporadically to various kids' causes but couldn't find one that I thought really made a difference. Until I read about Alice's Kids from Patton Oswalt on Twitter. I started following Alice's Kids on Twitter and read the stories of their help, they were so inspirational; they were making a difference, one kid at a time. I wanted to be part of their outreach so I started donating monthly. They are a very lean organization (one full-time employee) but they have such heart. They sent me an email which detailed their help to kids and one particular kid who needed new shoes to get ready for soccer in the fall (and to lose weight). They reported that they sent a gift card and an actress heard of his story and they sent another donation. They also reported that he has lost 9 pounds. It made me tear up. I want to hear the result of these donations, that they work, and I do with Alice's Kids.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I donated because my Husband Dean died of Liver Cancer 3 years ago and my daughter and I are still recovering from his loss. I saw the story of this young man whose Mom has liver Cancer too and it just hit me so hard. I want to take some kind of burden off of his shoulders. I wish him all the love I can. This is just a small way to help. Thank you for the amazing work you do.

2 Suzanne G.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been searching for a charity that touches individual lives in a personalized way. I strongly believe that Alice's Kids makes a real difference in a meaningful way one person at a time.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watch Alice's Kids grow from our local area to now helping children in over 30 states. Serving one child at a time while maintaining that child's confidentiality has been the heart of this organization. Alice's Kids doesn't seek self promotion in their giving but instead the gift goes to the child via their parent, their counselor, their coach etc. An amazing way to bless a child through a third party. Ron has been such an encouragement to what can be done if you start in your own backyard. You don't have to have large sums of money but you do need is the ability to put Action to your Vision. He started small yet just a few years later this organization is now bringing smiles to children all over the United States.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids is simply marvelous, and I’m honored to be a monthly donor. I see it as a direct investment in our future because I believe raising children’s self-esteem is just as important to their success as making sure they have the basics. From quickly getting these kids what they need to letting the parent be the hero, the organization is laser-focused on caring and dignity. Every child should have a chance to pursue his or her dreams.

AK also has virtually no administrative costs, so every time I send money, it’s easy for me to picture exactly how it will help children. Ron gives regular updates on the Facebook page, making it clear just how far-reaching the contributions are. The organization is nothing short of inspiring. AK is what a charity should be.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I reached out to Alice's Kids in December 2019. I had a mom and 2 of my young scholars in a shelter because they were homeless. Mom needed help gifts for the kids. I received the donation and quickly gave it to mom. She was very happy and excited because she was going to surprise the kids. She went shopping and she was even able to buy a little tree for their room. After the Winter Break, I asked the kids how the holidays were and they smiled while explaining every single item they received. Thank you so much Alice Kids for making donations to our needy scholars.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve known Ron and others on the Alice’s Kids board for many years. It’s a unique charity that focuses on the little things that matter so much in the lives of a child. There are many great charities out there that solve lots of problems but this one focuses on eliminating the humiliating aspects of poverty. Ron and his board are effective because they have a focused mission, have amazing word of mouth and do this as a heartfelt calling born of experience. I will always support this charity as long as it operates under its values.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I was a poor kid who had to wear used shoes donated by a neighbor. I never went to camp, never had a birthday party or graduation party. I got one skirt and blouse for the semester and that was it. All those memories remind me that kids from families like mine deserve some joy. If I can provide some of it, I will always be there.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Everyone has a “small moment” story, where one small thing has a profound impact on their life. Alice’s Kids is about making sure the “small moment” stories are positive, uplifting and hopeful. What an awesome way for a relatively small contribution to that a huge impact on showing kids they are worth it and people care.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I support Alice's Kids because they focus on gifts that have a direct and immediate impact on a kid's life, and lets that young person know that they are valued.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I found out about Alice's Kids from Twitter and was moved by the stories of how they helped support kids in small ways. As a teacher, I know that small things mean a lot to kids in need and I was compelled to become a monthly donor. It feels good to know that my small donation is putting a smile on a kid's face somewhere out there and it couldn't have been easier to sign up.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I support this charity as I have relatives that were stigmatized by having to accept help from others when their parents divorced. While they are now older, successful, this event from their youth has left a mark on them. I believe that the dignity the charity provides to their recipients is priceless.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm not crying, you're crying! Seriously, every time I read the Alice's Kids newsletter I'm moved to tears. Such a simple, straightforward concept making a major difference in the lives of so many. The possibility of supporting children to feel better, to reach their goals, and to know someone cares is priceless. I love the work Alice's Kids is doing.

1 Barbara M.11

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about Alice's Kids last year and it really touched me because my mother was also an Alice, and as another Alice's kid who did not have much growing up, I was still taught to give what I could, because there was always someone who needed something more than I did. I love the fact that kids get the help without realizing that a charity is helping them, it is just so kind to the parents and the kids, and these folks are doing everything with practically no overhead, so I know that my monthly donation goes to those who need it. The stories of the people they help are so inspiring, they never fail to bring both a tear to my eye and a smile to my face. From one Alice's kid to another, I will support them forever.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

My dad lives in the same retirement community as Ron and asked me to make a donation. I said sure, and set up a monthly recurring donation.

It’s been fun watching them grow from a local non-profit to a countrywide organization serving kids throughout the US.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have no personal story, but I avidly read the reports Alice's Kids tweets about. The premise of maintaining the child's dignity is so important and one that I had never even considered. Outstanding work.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I support Alice's Kids because I work at a school and see how income inequality affects our children. When students do not have clean clothing, financial access to popular school events or other things that so many of us take for granted, it leads them to feel "less than." When we are able help children with even the simplest of requests, we give them one less thing to worry about in a young life that has probably had too many things to worry about already.

2 Anna69

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a happy donor for Alice’s Kids. Their mission touches my heart. No child should go without basic needs, access to arts and music, and fulfilling their dreams. God bless this organization & all the kids they help!
-Anna

2 Robi A.

Donor

Rating: 5

What Alice's Kids does for those who need a little boost is amazing. No request is too small just to make a child smile.
I am happy to support this charity as much as I can!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I donated to Alice’s Kids because they’re a great organization doing highly effective work that ensures all the money goes directly to children and teens in need. They have impacted the lives of so many young people and I’m proud to contribute to this organization.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was referred to Alice's Kids through our school district. I was impressed that they wanted to extend 2020 graduates a "gift" and a "lift" during this pandemic. Once they sent me the request form, it was easy to complete and they responded quickly and generously with an Amazon gift card of $75 sent directly and promptly to the student I had requested this for, as well as a complimentary popular grad gift of Dr. Seuss' book, "Oh the Places You'll Go." I would highly recommend educators to not hesitate asking for graduation gifts for seniors who are struggling in future years. Many thanks to Ron Fitzsimmons, Executive Director of aliceskids.org.

3 Elicia B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I applied for a grant for a student through Alice's Kids, and it was easy and timely. My student desperately needed funds to get started in the dorms in college since she is Title X (homeless), and Alice's Kids sent us a digital Target gift card so she could get the things she needed. It was a simple, transparent process!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a School Counselor in Alexandria City Public Schools, and Alice's Kids has come through in countless occasions when I've searched for specific supports for a family in need. Most recently, I reached out to Alice's Kids seeking Soccer gear and athletic wear for a 7th grade student of mine. The family has had a particularly challenging few years, both with financial hardship and health matters. My student, like all children, is simply trying to explore her interests and passions, and the funds that this organization provided her (and her mother) will go towards her participation on a soccer team, and in dance classes next year. They are making a big difference in this individual's life and opening doors for her and her family!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great charity that helps kids in small targeted ways that lets the parent be the hero!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate monthly to this wonderful organization. Their “business model” provides smaller items/gifts/money to kids in need, and is something I certainly had not thought of in my previous charitable contributions...normally you may think of giving during holidays, etc., but these small gifts to children for everyday life make such a huge difference. These kids become more confident, they are able to work though trauma and other difficult circumstances, and celebrate their achievements. (For example, one thing Alice’s Kids does a lot is pay “senior dues” that schools charge kids in order to participate in the graduation ceremony. Such an important milestone shouldn’t missed because a kid comes from a lower economic background!)

All of this is to say I think Alice’s Kids is a hugely important and fantastic charity. I’m so glad to have found them, and I hope they are able to more and more kids every year.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Hoping to change some kids life for the better. Kids are our future.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Alice's Kids does amazing work! I am a School Social Worker and they have helped multiple children at the school where I work. Each time I send in a request for a child in need of an appropriate item, they approve that request with no questions asked and almost always within the same day or by the next day. This allows the child/family to have what that child needs almost immediately. The support that Alice's Kids provides the children and families is invaluable! Further, where resources are often scarce and red tape often makes accessing resources challenging to us as social workers, the ease in which accessing the resource that Alice's Kids offers for us as social workers is wonderful and much appreciated! Thank you to Alice's Kids and all who support this agency!!!