Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Edu Designs

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Volunteering Oportunities

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Printing & Publishing, Youth Development Programs

Mission: "EDU DESIGNS is dedicated to produce and distribute multimedia materials for the education, motivation and character development of children" We are "Building Brains And Hearts Through The ARTS!"

Results: Thousands of children and their parents get a positive impact from our outreach! We donate our time and materials to schools, teachers and students, including my Art Book, SEE WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT: http://www.edudesigns.org/booknews.html You can help too, by sharing my inspiring art book with them. To get a complimentary digital copy, please click on "Write a Review" here: https://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/write/edu-designs and tell us how YOU think the arts help kids. Then get a free download of Ruth's Art Book here! http://www.edudesigns.org/blog/give-while-you-get/#ArtBook Thank you so much for helping!

Target demographics: provide media for character development

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of students, parents and teachers.

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Programs: Free Art Presentations, Books and materials and Parenting Tools. Founded by Emmy Award Winning Animation artist & Author Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon, EDU DESIGNS provides tools for positive behavior and character development through the ARTS and through GoMommyGO®, a registered trademark of EDU DESIGNS.

Community Stories

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Elissa Mae E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

New parent and grew up in a bad home that took years of therapy as well as going into psychology in college to get help I needed. This site as well as Ruth personally has helped me raise my little human to be smart, kind and creative. Giving her the best chances in life. Forever thankful!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

These unselfish and dedicated volunteers are making the world a better place. Thank you.!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ruth went way beyond my expectations when I ordered her printable art teaching book online and then emailed to find out how to access it when I couldn't find the link. She emailed me personally and asked what kind of work I did (I work with adults with developmental disabilities) and what types of resources I was looking for. She then sent me (totally free and unasked for) a number of resources she thought might be useful. Ruth is definitely not in this to make money and passionately believes in her work. I wish I was in a better position to support her organization financially.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the books and videos from Edu Designs because it is such a positive way of showing my grandchildren how to be thoughtful and kind to other people and also themselves as well. With all the negativity in the world it is so very uplifting to have these resources available. Thank you! Susan Prince

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Good people. Good work. Good results. I like them very much!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent work with our kiddos! The world needs more people and organizations like this!

Comments ( 1 )

profile

Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thank you SO much! :)

1 Heidi73

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is good to know that there are still good people (and places) in this world. You guys are doing an awesome job! Keep on inspiring our children!

Comments ( 1 )

profile

Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

I appreciate your support! :)

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful help in communicating with hard-to-reach kids through art.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thank you! You are helping, too!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Art - and the arts can have such powerful benefits to all children. Many children go through school with limited access to art lessons, classes, and enrichment. Edu Designs provides these opportunities and I am so grateful that they do so.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Great of you to care for kids! I appreciate your support of our work!

1 Lenore2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The arts are important to my child's schooling because he has special needs and art helps him and gives him an outlet to express himself.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

This is wonderful to hear, Lenore. Bless you and your son!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Ruth has done a great job in helping/inspiring kids - to become better people in society.
This has been through various arts and other cute videos or cartoons for many years.
She deserves a huge commendation for doing, what is many times, a thankless and hard task.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! I appreciate you, too! :)

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EduDesigns has provided free art lessons to schools across the US. And they constantly provide character building tools and stories. What a great non-profit, so lucky they do what they do.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thank you SO much for your support! :)

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently saw a cartoon called “Somebody Needs You” from the talented folks over at Edu Designs, with the characters voiced by the legendary June Foray. It’s an inspiring short film about lending a hand to help out someone in need. I feel this is an important message that often gets lost, more so than ever these days. People forget about doing or looking for good deeds, as all of us tend to our own affairs and situations as we grow up. So it just feels good to be reminded about the kindness of strangers. That one good deed can make all the difference in a person’s day. And how anyone can make a difference. I love the cartoon for those heartwarming lessons. It represents what Edu Designs stands for in its noble goal of teaching children about the wonders of life through the art and power of animation.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Awesome of you to share your insights and observations in such depth. You are inspiring me, too!

2 Rishi4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The arts have never been not important. It is that plane where our spiritual, physical and mental selves converge.

EDU Designs has taken great leaps in creating "Somebody Needs Me". Capturing the innocence and true nature of a child helping others.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

I appreciate this! You must be a true artist to have such great understanding of what happens INSIDE of us when the Arts are involved! THANK YOU!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Edu Design is a great non profit producing artwork that is easily accessible to children (of all ages). A valuable use of creative talent and sage advice, it has a series of resources available that you will come back to over and over.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Wow! THANK YOU SO MUCH, Riccardo! I appreciate your kindness in sharing this with us!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Arts are important for children's character development. Please continue your gallant and creative work in this vital area.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thank you so much for your kindness!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I deal with lots of children of different age ranges and abilities.
Their range , scope and stories help to illustrate what we try
to teach our kids anyway, but the medium of animation and music
is a much better way of getting those messages across.
Ruths company Edu Designs really helps to get those messages
across and I want to thank them for helping me to help them.
Thanks Ruth.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Wow. What a nice thing to say. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and caring!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a great message and love the voices and the animation! Looking forward to seeing more!
dianneknudsen@comcast.net

Comments ( 1 )

profile

Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thank you so much, Dianne!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This charming short video is perfect for young children who want to help others but don't feel empowered. The young character walks past several problems without realizing that she could help. Not until she picked up a fallen fruit from an elderly man's grocery bag and returned it does she realize she can help. Small acts of kindness are so easy to do, and the gratitude given encourages young children to help more often.
The video is just right for a young child- it has no distractions from the theme and the colors and music used are pleasant.
This is, in my opinion, perfect for preschool and younger primary school children.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thanks so much for watching "Somebody NEEDS You!". So happy you feel kids will 'get' the message!

2 Sinead N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful idea and concept. I love the beautiful simple message behind this project. Regardless of you age or ability there is always something you can do to help. This is something I try to instill in my children and I can share this video with them to show them how opportunities can present themselves by just opening their minds and hearts

Comments ( 1 )

profile

Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Just what I love to hear! So glad it hit the mark!