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Causes: Bullying, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Civil Rights, Education, Educational Services, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ

Mission: Join Free2Luv where youth are EMPOWERED, individuality is CELEBRATED, bullying is not tolerated & LUV ROCKS! Free2Luv is an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to rockin' individuality, celebrating equality, spreading kindness & standing up to bullying through arts & entertainment. We empower, engage & enlighten youth globally to know that they are perfect just the way they are & they can use their voice for good. We form partnerships with celebrities, corporations and youth advocates who are passionate about celebrating everyone’s individuality. We make it our daily mission to empower & uplift our youth because when we raise confident, empowered children, we minimize bullying & teen suicide. We are a movement of youth who are agents for change, inspiring other youth to be their best selves. Success for us is one more child standing up, speaking out and letting their voice be heard.

Results: We have reached over 50 million people through our global social media campaigns, partnered with over 25 celebrities to spread awareness and have created powerful community outreach events to share our message that LUV is STRONGER than hate and BRAVER than bullying. In addition, we have been honored by Western Union's World of Betters as a company who is doing better in the world, won Amway's 'Who Cares' Challenge, received 2015 Charity Goody of the year, several 2014 Goody Awards, named the 2013 Team Goody of the Year, among other honors and recognitions. With your support, we can expand our movement and create a kinder, braver and better world for our children.

Target demographics: Anyone who wants to stand up for our youth and be a voice for change!

Geographic areas served: Global

Programs: FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS BULLY is a community program whose mission is to utilize music and the arts to promote kindness, build self-esteem and stand up to bullying.

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170 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Roddy B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I knew at a very young age that I was not like other boys my age. I never liked the typical "boys toys" I would always rather play with dolls and other toys typically associated with girls. When I was 12 years old, I told the first person I was gay, and it was a huge relief. The first person I told was my aunt, after coming out to her and with her support I came out the rest of the family and my friends at school some supported me others not so much. I was bullied for several years to follow, with caused me to go into deep depression I had accepted who I was but others had not. Fellow students and even some family told that I would never amount to anything, that I was worthless and should just die. Even though when I came out, I experienced bullying and lack of support. I did not give up and now work to promote the message that life gets better, and it is important never to give up. I am now a proud LGBTQ advocate & Model/actor, an a Youth Ambassador for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and a Community Advocate for Free 2 Luv, I have been and planned to continue to work to end bullying and suicide. Free 2 Luv is in important to me for a number of reasons but the one I would like to share with you today is their never ending dedication to empowering youth to be themselves. I know that if I had known of an organizations like Free 2 Luv when I was younger that I would have felt like I belong, like I was loved, and important everyday and that a lot of my sducidal thoughts and actions might not have happened. One of Free 2 Luv's main goals it to let youth know that they define themselves, not the thoughts of others or society but that they have the power to define who they are to the word and to use that power everyday. I hope that you will consider giving to this amazing organization and help to empower youth to know that they are always Free 2 Luv & to Be themselves.

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Free2Luv Thanks for being an awesome agent for change with us. The world is a much better place with you in it. ❤️

KorieAnne1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello everyone. My name is Jasemine I am a Free2Luv youth advocate from California. I now live in Iowa. I joined Free2Luv in September 2014 after I heard of them from a friend. Since I have joined, I get to share my story of hope with everyone who is being bullied in schools. I hope that one day I can do the same thing. I love raising awareness to causes that touch/impact my life. On my down time, I am also a Cystic Fibrosis supporter. I support friends who have CF. It's a cause that has touched my heart in so many ways. I encourage everyone to join Free2Luv. Your life will be changed forever. Since joining almost 4 years ago, its one of my favorite causes to get email from.

Blake H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thanks to Free2luv i’ve met some amazing people that I now call friends. We made a bond that will never end. We understand each other in every single way. Free2luv has opened up opportunities for me and has allowed me to share my story of Bullying with others. Because of this I feel like others can relate to me and help them.

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Free2Luv 11/21/2017

So happy you're in our Free2Luv family. Thanks for being you and sharing your spirit with our community. You rock!

1 LillyMHarper

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's with tremendous pride and excitement that I witness the daily growth of this amazing, life-changing nonprofit. It moves me to see how many lives are enhanced through their empowerment program and initiatives. Their Free2BeME Project uses art to connect with kids and over the past 2 years, this program has grown with Advocates sharing it all over the country. It has proven to be such a powerful vehicle to help kids get in touch with themselves, each other and the world around them. The art that pours out from their hearts is so beautiful and 'real'. Please support this youth empowerment nonprofit and know that your support helps projects like Free2BeME make a big difference in the lives of so many underserved and at-risk youth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so excited to begin a new year working with this amazing organization! Every year Free2Luv grows and extends their reach to serve more and more youth suffering from bullying and low self-esteem. A highlight for me in 2015 was having Seattle's Mayor Ed Murray acknowledge our service by honoring Free2Luv with an official ROCK KINDNESS Day and having celebrities and companies come together in celebration. Bringing our important message to underserved youth and sharing our powerful new Free2BeME Project with them was such a thrill. To see youth transform before your eyes and grow a new awareness of themselves and each other is the greatest reward and with Free2Luv, we all have this experience daily. Please support this beautiful group of people in any way you can. They truly are making the world a more loving place for us all.

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Free2Luv 01/14/2016

We are blessed beyond words for your LUV and support and thank you for all of your efforts to help us spread our message. We look forward to a fabulous new year growing our reach and impacting more youth in need. Together we are strong!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an absolutely great organization it's full of great people and it's full of great ambassadors I totally give this organization a 5 out of 5 rating I absolutely love how they help people and help people with bullying it's absolutely amazing in my opinion there needs to be more organizations like free2luv because this world could use all the help that it could get please everyone check out free2luv on Instagram and twitter and checkout their website also I promise you won't regret it they are absolutely amazing!!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

In light of the current political climate and unfortunate marginalization of so many, I have been in search of an organization to give to that supports the LGBTQ community. As a strong ally of LGBT youth, I did extensive research and was so happy to discover Free2Luv. This group of extremely caring individuals offer a safe haven of love and acceptance and remind me that there is a lot of good in the world in the midst of darkness.

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Free2Luv 05/07/2017

Thanks so much! We have an unwavering commitment to shower EVERY child with love and let them know they are perfect just as they are. It's with support like yours that we can continue to do so.

1 jaseminemarie18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Free2Luv has been amazing to me these past 3 years. It has been wonderful getting to share my story with others And with Free2Luv. Tonya, founder of Free2Luv, has always been a rock to me when I needed it the most. So thank you Free2Luv and Tonya for always being there when I needed it the most. Sending love and happiness to you

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Free2Luv 05/07/2017

Thank you for your dedication to our movement and passion to help us spread kindness. You're amazing! ❤

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Free2Luv for 2 years now and I have enjoyed everything that they do. I want the entire world to hear about Free2Luv so we can put bullying to an end. This is one of the best anti-bullying organizations I have ever been apart of. I will forever be a Youth Advocate for Free2Luv. Since I have been with them, they welcome you with a warm smile, love and kindness. I have been bullied in my life so when I joined Free2Luv I knew I could help those around me who have/were bullied know that they aren't alone. We, at Free2Luv care about everyone. I can't thank Free2Luv for all the joy they have brought to my life with this beautiful organization. I hope one day I can start my own anti-bullying organization or an organization that helps people in need. I will forever be apart of Free2Luv and the wonderful things they do to help others.

"Together We Can Make A Difference."

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Free2Luv 03/31/2016

We are blessed to have you in our movement and thank you for your commitment to making the world a kinder place. Keep rockin' LUV and kindness!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

We worked with Free2Luv in conjunction with a few other organizations to put together an open mic night benefit in Brooklyn, NY. Their mission to put an end to bullying and hate speech fit right in with our other efforts to aide women of color, the LGBT community, and immigrants. From the moment we reached out, Lilly from Free2Luv responded with enthusiasm and willingness to help us out in any capacity and spread the word about the event, along with sharing photos from our event afterward. We were more than happy to partner with them in spreading peace and positivity through this benefit!

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Free2Luv 03/10/2017

Thanks so much for helping us spread light and LUV in the world!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love how you use film to discuss topics such as 'coming out' Piece of Cake was so beautifully done and I'm sure it helped so many come out and share their authentic selves with family and friends. It's really great to know there is a safe space where LGBT kids can feel a part of something and feel supported. Thanks for being a safe haven for the LGBT community - we need you, Free2Luv!

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Free2Luv 02/25/2017

Thanks for the LUV! We are passionate about creating a safe, supportive and loving space for LGBTQ youth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a celebrity ambassador for Free2Luv it gives me great pleasure to be involved with such a wonderful organization. Spreading love and bullying prevention are very important messages to send not only to kids but also to adults. We must all find a way to coexist and look out for each other. I love being an advocate for Free2Luv and hope that others would join me in spreading love and not hate!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

So proud to be part of the Free2Luv family because of everything their organization represents! They promote love, independence, strength and to believe in yourself no matter what you look like. Most of all this organization supports individuality and the prevention of bullying. Free2Luv is family and we're proud to take a stand with them against bullying and to share love and kindness everyday with everyone! Thank you Free2Luv! ❤

musicismylife

Donor

Rating: 5

Everything about this organization jives with me. I love how they use music and the arts to break through a problem as big and serious as bullying. I believe in their mission and support everything they do 100%. If you want to be inspired on the daily, follow them on social. And if you can support them in any way, do it. Trust me, we need a lot more of what they're giving in the world - kindness, love, acceptance.

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Free2Luv 05/07/2017

Thank you for your kind words and support. We know the power of music and the arts to heal, uplift and inspire and feel blessed to be able to share them with kids in need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In a word, Free2Luv rocks! They have such a hip, fresh approach to addressing a problem that's unfortunately been around forever and is now an epidemic. I can't think of a better way to really reach kids than through music, art and social media. Their message is 'bullying is never ok' and spreading love and kindness is the best option. Couldn't agree more. Thanks Free2Luv.

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Free2Luv 05/07/2017

Thank YOU for your support!

1 MarinaP

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a single mother of a teenage daughter, it's so vital to me that my daughter feels empowered and I found that this organization does just that. They stress the importance of being true to yourself and staying strong in your beliefs and convictions and not falling victim to peer pressure. My daughter had the privilege of participating in one of their empowerment workshops and it was a really powerful experience for her. I love Free2Luv and what they stand for and hope that every teen can be touched by this movement. We look forward to getting more involved!

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Free2Luv 05/07/2017

We are honored to have been there for your daughter and are committed to growing our empowerment outreach so we can reach as many teens as possible. It's so important to us for each of them to know how valued they are. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. ❤

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Donor

Rating: 5

With everything that is going on in the world right now, I am so happy that organizations like Free2Luv exist. They are passionate about celebrating ALL people and are a safe haven for anyone who may be feeling scared, isolated and alone. They want every child to know they're perfect just as they are and this is such an important message for kids to hear right now when they may be feeling very uncertain about the future.
I am a big supporter of this nonprofit and love how focused they are on serving minority youth. After their LGBT short film Piece of Cake came out, I saw so many posts/messages from teens and young adults saying how much this film helped them, some coming out and others becoming more comfortable with their sexuality and that is truly priceless. I hope that everyone who can supports this amazing nonprofit so they can continue their important work. To say I'm a fan is an understatement!

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Free2Luv 05/07/2017

And we are a fan of yours! Thank you for your unwavering support. It truly makes a difference. ❤

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a fan, supporter and donor of Free2Luv since their inception and am so proud of everything they do to make the world a better place for ALL! Their new Free2BeME art project is so amazing. Art brings people together and seeing what's inside kid's hearts is both moving and beautiful. I'm also really looking forward to seeing the LGBT short film they've created to support LGBTQ youth. I can't wait to see what comes next for this passionate group. You can be sure I will support all of their work and I encourage you to do the same. Our youth need each of us! This organization has proven to me that when you care, you can really make a difference in the world.

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Free2Luv 08/13/2016

Your support means so much to us! Thank you for helping us spread the word that LUV is STRONGER than hate.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently found this organization when I was seeking help for my son who was being bullied and so happy I did! What a caring, compassionate group of people who are passionate about supporting young people. They sent him out an empowerment package with a personalized note that made him feel so special and even invited him to be a part of their Free2Luv family. Free2Luv has made such a difference in my son's life and now he is a Youth Advocate and inspiring and helping other kids going through some of the experiences he had. As a parent, I am so incredibly thankful to Free2Luv and the work they are doing in the world.

2 Tammie2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently had the pleasure of volunteering at Free2Luv's benefit fashion show in L.A. and it was awesome to see everyone come together to spread kindness and show support for their incredible mission. It's really amazing how talented and big hearted their Youth Advocates are and what a wonderful job they do spreading positivity by sharing their talents and passion. Every Free2Luv event is filled with positivity, good vibes and inspiration. The stars came out for this event and showed their support in a big way. It was an amazing day! I am always proud to support this organization and love watching them grow and expand their reach every year. Keep up the great work, Free2Luv!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored to share this nonprofit with everyone I know! They are doing such great work in the world and cannot receive enough recognition. Whenever I share Free2Luv and their mission with anyone, I know I am helping them create a kinder world for everyone. It has been a lot of fun to watch them grow and extend their reach. They just brought their powerful anti-bullying message to Daytona 500 which reaches a huge audience and they will be sharing their FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS BULLY message at Nascar events across the country. One of the things I find most amazing about Free2Luv is their Youth Advocacy program where kids all over the world join their team to help spread this important message. Every week more kids are joining them to grow the movement. I am really excited to be a part of this organization and happy to support them any way I can. P.S. If you haven't heard some of their inspirational music, I highly recommend you check it out on their website free2luv.org. Make sure to download a tune while you're there and help them support youth being bullied.

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Free2Luv 03/03/2016

It means so much to us to have your continued love and support. You lend a hand at every event and share Free2Luv with everyone you meet and that is truly priceless support. THANK YOU!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I just want to say once again that what you are doing to promote awareness, kindness and acceptance with your anti bully campaign and Instagram account, brings me to tears. It is so heartwarming when groups rally around children such as my son and his siblings. Keep up the great work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Free2Luv is an amazing organization, run by an even more amazing group of humans! The heart of their message touches a variety of issues, whether it's bullying, struggling with one's identity, or self-acceptance - they teach the important lessons of self-love, and knowing YOU MATTER through the arts. We collaborated with Free2Luv on a short LGBTQ film, that went on two win awards and screen at a multitude of film festivals. We are proud to have worked with them, fundraise and support their cause and even prouder to be a part of the Free2luv family. - The Riot Life

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Free2Luv 12/22/2016

It was an honor to collab with you on Piece of Cake and support LGBTQ in their coming out process. Your support has been instrumental in our LGBTQ outreach and we feel incredibly blessed to have you in our family. Keep spreading your bright light in the world!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I absolutely love this nonprofit! They stand for an amazing cause, yet also promote the power and idea of love to ALL. As a LGBT individual who grew up being bullied and put down, I really love the cause behind this nonprofit. It truly is one of my very favorites. So thankful for stumbling across them.

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Free2Luv 12/09/2016

We're super happy to have connected with you, too and thank you for all of your help spreading our mission. You're awesome! Keep spreadin' the LUV!