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Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Parent & Teacher Groups

Mission: Publishing and gifting educational books for children and adults.

Programs: Empower children and adults worldwide through publishing and gifting educational books.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jason51

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the I AM Foundation through an acquaintance at the time, (now friend), Ken Cross. He came into my restaurant seeking support for a Halloween Masquerade fund raiser. Once he began telling me about the I AM Foundation and shared with me the I AM Affirmation Book - I immediately said yes! That began my journey and a series of events and functions that I supported for them. One of the greatest opportunities that I've had in my life to "give back" was a trip that Steve and Marilyn invited me to take with them back to the Gulf States after Hurricane Katrina on a book gifting mission. I have considered it an honor and a privilege to have been able to support the I AM Foundation when and how I could.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for a children's educational newspaper. What Steve and Marilyn have done and do is amazing and much needed for children, especially those which are disadvantaged / those which don't have emotionally supportive families, have been traumatized or live in difficult situations. I try to keep copies in my car at all times so that I may gift their precious words and loving graphics to children, especially those that could really use it. I can do this one book at a time and I am actively seeking a sponsor who will help to do this thousands of children at a time. Steve and Marilyn are the kind of people you must wear sunglasses around because their light is so bright. To meet them is to immediately love them. Their work speaks for it and themselves.

Donor

Rating: 5

The I AM Foundation is a GREAT! nonprofit. I have worked with them for the past couple years as a cause marketing sponsor. I donate a percentage of my gross income from my real estate sales to I AM Foundation so we can gift books to children in need. The books have a ripple effect on our planet. The help to build literacy and self esteem. As a father of two young children, I can tell you first hand how much these books are enjoyed and used weekly. Thank you for all the positive work you are doing on this planet!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with the I AM Foundation for over the past year. They are so generous and giving in all that they do. The organization truly cares about all of us here for this ride on planet Earth. The positive impact they have on children and adults is truly beautiful. Thank you I AM Foundation for all that you are, and all that you do.

Kathy88

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the work the I AM Foundation does and I love supporting their mission! The gift of a book is something that stimulates the imagination, and the I AM Series of books stimulates the imagination to see yourself as someone amazing. Keep up the great work!

1 Lori Waller

Donor

Rating: 5

I coach people in their personal and professional lives…. and also being an entrepreneur, I understand the power of knowing who we really are and how we think about ourselves….and this “knowing” accounts for over 90% of one’s success and happiness in life. Naturally I was so excited about the I Am Foundation’s signature book – I Am Affirmations and was thrilled to be able gift these books while on a business trip to the islands…
My trip was about helping the environment and communities by introducing them to the technology and innovative process which creates zero waste and does away with landfills and mass incineration; so again, another awesome alignment with OWR and the I Am Foundation as they released another important book -- I Am the Earth. I love their mission, I love and value Steve and Marilyn, and I am honored to be a donor and to continue gifting these blessed books worldwide …

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1 Kenn2

Donor

Rating: 5

Years ago I discover the I Am Foundation through a friend of mine. I read the "I AM Affirmation Book" and immediately felt compelled to donate. I was fortunate enough to meet the books author and soon became a volunteer - helping raise money for the organization as well as bring awareness to their powerful books. The founders Steve Viglione and Dr. Marilyn Powers are two wonderful people who continue to strive to change this world one book at a time. I continue my regular donations to The I AM Foundation and look forward to new book releases and stories of success for the foundation. Kenn Cross BSLA Palm Springs, CA

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1 Jessica90

Donor

Rating: 5

The I AM Foundation is an amazing organization, led by amazing founders who dedicate their lives to their mission. I have a very fond memory of volunteering at the largest food drive in US history...and The I AM Foundation was there to give the biggest gift of all, "The I AM Affirmation book, Discovering the Value of Who You Are" for children. While handing one of these precious books to a child (about 9 or 10 yrs in age), I experienced first hand the true power of the impact that's made when these book gifting missions are supported. This child immediately opened up the book and read a page. It was an affirmation of self worth. She glanced up at me, and I will never forget the look in her eyes- it was as if she just saw an Angel, it may have been the first time this child ever thought of herself as Valuable, and that NO one can take that away. It's difficult to describe in words, but my memory of that experience is super clear and will stay with me forever. I know The I AM Foundation is making a huge difference in our world, and I will always be in support to help them expand the Light.

1 Beth60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am one of many donors and book gifting volunteer at the I Am Foundation, and my experience has always been one that has touched my heart and inspired me personally. I love this organization and I recommend it highly!

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1 Neill G.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have offered donations and volunteer support to the I AM Foundation several years now because of the amazing work they do gifting inspirational and uplifting books to children around the world. It is one of my most favorite nonprofits. Steve Viglione and Marilyn Powers helps build children's reading and literacy skills, but even more important is how their work helps build children's self esteem and respect for others, essential traits for the world's future leaders. Steve and Marilyn are also very well received as speakers, offering a message that is as inspirational and uplifting as the books they create for children. I wish there were more people in the world who had their dedication, persistence, and skill in helping to create a world that works for everyone. And I also recommend getting a copy of The Bridge, by Marilyn Powers. It's essential reading anyone people going through a transition in their life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The I AM Foundation is one of the best nonprofits I have ever encountered. I met the founders, Steve Viglione and Marilyn Powers, in Kenya and helped to gift 17,000 copies of the I AM! Affirmation Book to children in schools, slums, and orphanages there. What makes them special is these books are printed in English and in the local language, which encourages both reading and literacy, as well as building self esteem and respect for others in a non-denominational, universal way children can understand. Since then I have gifted books in America and the Philippines, and I am working to raise funds to print the book in Nepali/English for the children of Nepal. I have been a volunteer and donor since 2008 and encourage everyone who wishes to make an impact in a country of your choosing to contact Steve and Marilyn via their website to learn how. It will enhance any travel experience you take in a life changing way. And pick up a copy of The Bridge, Marilyn's powerful book about life transitions: when I read it, I felt she was talking directly to me. The Bridge is a clear roadmap through life's progressions, written with love and wisdom to help us to live honoring our true selves and heading in the right direction.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Each year our church participates in mission work traveling to Jamaica where we visit schools, orphanage, home for severly disabled children, hospital (children's ward) and even hospice. 14-16 locations are visited as missionaries share the message of Christmas and bring gifts and supplies. The I Am Foundation learned of our work to edify children and enhanced our visit to enable us to not only bring a gift for the children, but to provide them with something of greater value....the gift of books to enhance reading. It was a pleasure to visit one of our schools in the hills and sit down with the teachers and students and present them with a book for each of the children. They were elated and our group, the Jamaica Children's Fund, was blessed. After learning about the newest book which is written in both English and Spanish, I shared it with colleagues who work in the national child care and healthy living initiatives. These books send such a beautiful message to children about taking care of themselves and the environment in a colorful and creative manner. I sincerely appreciate how the I Am Foundation finds a way to help other agencies who have children as their key focus as well. I am so thankful to have learned about them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Steve through a conscious parenting magazine I published several years back, in which we featured pages from The I AM! Affirmation book along with an article in each issue of the magazine. Steve came up with a number of powerful ways to collaborate to further both our missions. I can't think of anyone else I know who is as committed to the mission and success of their non-profit as Steve is. I have worked and volunteered for The I AM Foundation to help publish their books, translations, curriculum, blog posts and to host book launches. I've seen Steve & Marilyn speak across the country and be very well received. While I was traveling in India, my husband and I also shared the I AM Affirmation books with dozens of kids in a couple different schools. The kids (and adults) were positively impacted by the book.

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1 Susan153

Donor

Rating: 5

I am the founding donor of this organization and have also volunteered with The I AM Foundation since its inception. The Foundation's mission is unique, and the support that they offer to the beneficiaries of their amazing gifts is ongoing and continuous, because of the nature of the gifts. They help to teach kids and adults something they may never get anywhere else - the knowledge that they are special and loved - and this they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Steve and Marilyn and among the kindest and most giving people I know, and it has been a pleasure to know and work with them for so many years. - Susan Shapiro

1 Jerry C.

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I love the Mission of The I AM Foundation, especially the dedication and love that two Founders, Steve Viglione and Dr. Marilyn Powers have for their mission to empower children and young adults worldwide through publishing and gifting books and music that make a positive difference in their lives. Educating and empowering our children is the most important thing we can do to help bring about real social change. We know that food, water and shelter rank high on the list to help those in poverty and that's true, but what is going to change poverty in the first place? Education and empowerment of our youth! We support this foundation and the selfless contribution and time these beloved founders and volunteers have dedicated to the lives of others. Please help us continue to support his important I AM Foundation. With Compassion, Jerry Conti

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a long-term volunteer on the staff of the I AM Foundation. What this organization does astounds and amazes me. As a writer and editor (my profession), of course I would like what this Foundation does. However, when they gift books to children, teens, and adults in need, they leave such good feelings in the hearts of those who receive them. Even as an experienced writer and editor, I cannot begin to express, in words, how much that means to me and how their mission touches my heart. Can you imagine what it means to those who receive these books as gifts? And how it changes their lives in such positive ways? I am honored and privileged to be associated with this Foundation and their incredible mission. Vicki Worthington, Writer/Editor, www.scissorhandsedit.com

1 Roger M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Roger Mayer. Over the past several years, I have volunteered to assist The I AM Foundation in their mission to deliver an affirmative state of mind to the world we live in. They do this by gifting books and music worldwide and they deliver them with love. Simply said, "The I AM Foundation changes Lives!" To this point, The Foundation has gifted almost 1.5 millions books to communities in the inner cities and the third world. If you have the ability to donate to The I AM Foundation...DO IT! You will feel wonderful for having done so.

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