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Doing Good Together™

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Family Services, Human Services, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: The mission of DGT is to empower families to raise children who care and contribute. Our nonprofit was founded on the belief that when parents engage with their children in community service, they pass on the spirit of giving to their sons and daughters, strengthen families, and breed a new generation of volunteers and philanthropists.

Results: We have a core group of families that serve as testers of our Big-Hearted Families project, in a quest to show that "giving back" can begin at any age -- and the payoffs of a Kindness Practice provide long-term positive results in a variety of measurable and intrinsic ways.

Target demographics: families enjoy the benefits of serving others and sharing kindness

Direct beneficiaries per year: dozens of nonprofits get their names out to service-minded families. Plus we helped countless families learn the benefits of creating a kindness practice at home

Geographic areas served: the U.S.A. including listings of volunteer opportunities in various cities, e.g., Twin Cities, NYC, and Silicon Valley,

Programs: a unique Big-Hearted Families™ program with online service projects, book recommendations, and conversation starters, along with a coordinated family-service event that brings nonprofits and helpful families together to work on fun projects. We also offer our subscribers monthly lists of family-friendly volunteer opportunities in their area, plus kindness activities to share and make kindness a family habit.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Teri30

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Doing Good Together offers great inspiration, practical advice, and accessible opportunities for developing empathy and kindness in our children. Finding resources and opportunities for developing kindness and serving as a family can be difficult and DGT makes it much easier. We so value the impact that DGT has had on our family that we are dedicating a ten-month family effort, Project Becoming Our Best, to raise $ and awareness for them. We are so thankful for the wonderful (and very important) work that DGT does!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a member family of the Big Hearted Families program of Doing Good Together and find it invaluable. We have been working to teach our children how to give back, how to demonstrate kindness and empathy, how to be helpers, and how to generally face the world with compassion. DGT has given us the necessary tools, ideas, and support to make this a part of our life. They have great ideas for projects and activities and provide lovely reminders about how to incorporate these values into holidays and other occasions. We have found DGT to be a wonderful resource for our family.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the work DGT is doing! The focus on volunteering and kindness is so important in these trying times!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about Doing Good Together!!! What a fantastic resource! This is where my family turns for book recommendations, fun family friendly activities, and ideas to help serve our local community. Also, the blog posts are so relatable and just fun to read. Keep up the good work, DGT!! And thanks for all the ways you have helped our family find ways to grow, help and have fun!

Christy51

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just a wonderful organization. We have had them at our client appreciation events. They educate children and provide useful crafts.

Client Served

Rating: 5

“Doing Good Together has been a great resource for tapping into new volunteers in and around the Twin Cities. Listing with Doing Good Together as worked so well that we were able to get enough homemade play-doh to fulfill the needs for all of our preschool classrooms within days.”

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I used Doing Good Together's online resources for my own family for 2 or 3 years and followed their developments through their newsletters since I did not live in the Twin Cities area. Now, a few years later my passion for the quality and depth of what they do has led me to begin an affiliate program for DGT in the Silicon Valley area. I wanted to be able to take the important lessons and values I saw in their programs and share it with my community. I also wanted to find a way to encourage families to volunteer together by providing localized listings. I love how Doing Good Together looks at kindness and compassion as a family value and how a family can build upon this through so many different areas of conversation, reading, volunteering, advocacy, etc.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a local area affiliate of Doing Good Together in New York City, and the reason why I spend so much time and passion working with DGT is because it is truly changing the way parents raise kids to be kind and compassionate in the world today. DGT's resources online are extraordinary. It is a one-stop shop for all of the wonderful ways you can engage your kids in conversation about kindness, empathy, fairness and compassion. It offers real, fun and easy ways for families to engage in hands-on service, both through local listings (like the one I curate in NYC) and other general ideas for projects that can be done by any family, anywhere - and with only a little bit of time commitment. The blog posts are inspiring. The book club is both a wonderful gift and a great way to incorporate service into reading with your kids. There are simply limitless ways that Doing Good Together is spreading the word about the vital importance of service and kindness in family life. We need DGT today more than ever!

Jess28

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Doing Good Together about a year ago while I was looking for volunteering opportunities for myself and my two girls. I was amazed at the opportunities of events that the organization provided for all members of the family to be a part of together. I'm really happy with the concept that was created here, because I feel that it is really important to raise children who have a sense of the world around them, and who contribute and give back. After being impressed with the organization I became a volunteer and now work as an employee with the organization. I would absolutely recommend this organization to anyone! My kids absolutely love the activities that are available and they are always excited to attend their next volunteering opportunity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

DGT makes it so simple to bring families together, making a greater impact on those who need help the most!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fantastic facilitating agency for our Company. DGT Family Services Fair gave us a perfect venue for connecting our Company's Mission of giving back to our community with our internal desire to find opportunities for the families of our employees to do volunteer work in our community while also spending time together developing family bonds that extend beyond the workplace.

1 Shala B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that has been life changing for me and my family. I have been able to find family volunteer opportunities for my young children and use DGT's Big Hearted Books & convo cards to help foster an ongoing conversation about kindness, giving back to our community and compassion.

Mark214

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is the best nonprofit that I have ever been associated with. They have a great mission and their executive director and employees are very passionate about what they do. They really do help families in so many ways raise children who care, starting with mine. I actually am blown away by how much they can accomplish with their current resources. It's pretty amazing! - Mark

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I discovered Doing Good Together several years ago while searching for ways to introduce volunteer activities to my children who ranged in age from 9 to 19. The ideas presented in the monthly volunteer opportunity newsletter were applicable to the whole family. DGT also provides information to parents to generate conversation about volunteering. Over the years, I have seen my children develop their own interests in doing good things for others, and they have even shared their involvement in the organization with their friends. The resources provided by Doing Good Together are exceptional and make volunteering so easy, no matter the ages or time constraints of the family. And the 30 Days of Kindness Challenge is perfect for the summer months when kids are looking for things to do!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Doing Good Together (DGT) is a remarkable organization that is making a difference in the lives of children, as well as in the community! By creating authentic and FUN activities, they help foster a young person's desire to give back, and to be involved. So important! Plus - the newsletters and blogs - not to mention email reminders - are awesome. :-)

vkobrovsky

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so thankful an organization like this exists! Our daughter is only 8 months old, but my husband and I are already keeping notes of DGT's great ideas for promoting a spirit of service-mindedness in children and plan to implement them as our family grows. We can't wait til our daughter is a little older, and we can start subscribing to the Big Hearted Families Book Club!

Jennifer326

Board Member

Rating: 5

DGT is an amazing organization. I know first hand. I have participated in DGT events (Family Service Night) and utilized many of their advertised activity ideas for deepening kindness and compassion within my family such as the birthday party activity, reading books from the book club, identifying accessible family volunteer opportunities, and creating and giving May day baskets just to name a few. The organization fills a need in our society that is not meet by other nonprofits (empowering families to raise children who care and contribute), it is run by a passionate and extremely intelligent Executive Director, has strong ties with community members in Minnesota and across the United States and has a dedicated volunteer base. Their activities are inspiring, meaningful and fun. I am proud to give this organization a 5 star rating.

Sarah177

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have incorporated doing good together's ideas into my family's routine for years. My children now initiate their own big hearted projects whenever they can!