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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! You can help too, by sharing our resources with others. Please click on "Write a Review" here: https://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/write/edu-designs to tell us how YOU think the arts help kids. Then get a free download of Ruth's Art Book and more resources here: http://www.edudesigns.org/blog/thank-you-for-caring/ 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

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Dominique K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known Ruth, founder of Edu designs to help everyone she meets. I have witnessed her interacting with young mothers and fathers, and truly encouraging them and in the nicest way, reaching out and modeling good parenting to them. I would highly recommend Edu designs to any parents who are in need of great parenting skills. Ruth has made a special place for art education with this non-profit and kids LOVE it! The non-profit pairs visual aids with skills and resources, creating an easy way for parents and children to understand and communicate, that goes beyond language. I highly recommend this non-profit.

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Ruth Elliott THANK YOU, Dominique! I am so thankful for your stunning contribution to our animated project, "SOMEBODY NEEDS YOU" Your art has reached people all over the world! http://www.edudesigns.org/blog/somebody-needs-you-needs-you/

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I know Ruth Elliott personally. (I am married to her.) Every time we go out shopping she engages with parents and their kids, giving them the one-minute introduction to EDU designs and Gomommygo, handing out her behavior cards, and eliciting smiles and thank yous. When we are at home, Ruth is at the computer writing her latest motivation piece about hanging in there and remembering that no matter who you are or where you are, you have help. I have never known a person more dedicated to bringing her message to the world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know Ruth Elliot personally to be an individual who is highly creative in the use of materials and different forms of media to teach children good, decent principles, and she is highly enthusiastic and dedicated to reach children with positive messages about themselves and others. Ruth imparts wisdom in what she writes for children and and what she writes to assist parents in their important role of raising their children to become their very best.

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Ruth Elliott 10/29/2017

Thank you for giving to others by your kindness and appreciation of what is most important for the future of all of us, as well as our children!

1 Mark H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Four years in a row, Ruth volunteered her time, teaching drawing and animation techniques to my students in Hartford, Connecticut. She is the best!

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Ruth Elliott 10/28/2017

And what fun we had! Thanks, Mark. :)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ruth Elliot Hilsdon, founder of EDU DESIGNS is a unique and genuinely heart-centered person. I have known her for years and watched her raise her 7 children into socially aware and contributing adults.
As Director of EDU DESIGNS she continues to 'walk her talk' by selflessly sharing her knowledge, experience and expertise within the education system, giving children a creative foundation that enriches and balances their lives, today and in the future, and by extension, ours as well.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are a homeschooling family and I met Ms. Ellison in a store one day. She was incredibly kind and engaged the children providing them with some fun moments while running errands. She gave me her card and told me all about the resources the non-profit had available. It was especially helpful since my children are very interested in art. We were able to use a resource that would have been otherwise unavailable to us. Thank you!

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Ruth Elliott 10/28/2017

Thank you, Holli! It was great to meet you and share what we are doing. I am so proud of all you are doing for your kids. If only all parents were so dedicated, the world would be in better shape. And your efforts will make a difference in the future, for sure! :)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found the YouTube video instructions to make a golden rectangle and golden spiral to be one of the most concise illustrations. Thank you.

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Ruth Elliott 10/11/2018

YAY! I'm so glad it helped someone! If anyone else needs it look here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLxmLo0Zlg8

2 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!

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Ruth Elliott 10/28/2017

How wonderful to hear from you, Elissa Mae - and to see the joy that little one's life has brought to you! She is certainly a lucky girl. :)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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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.

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Ruth Elliott 10/28/2017

Thank you so much! Your help means so much, and continues to bless others. I appreciate you! Ruth

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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

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Ruth Elliott 10/28/2017

THANK YOU, Sue! Your kindness is a blessing to everyone who knows you. Keep smiling! Love and hugs, Ruth

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thank you SO much! :)

2 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!

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

I appreciate your support! :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thank you! You are helping, too!

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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.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

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

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Ruth Elliott 10/28/2017

THANK YOU SO MUCH! :)

2 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.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

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

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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.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

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

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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.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thank you SO much for your support! :)

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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.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

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

3 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.

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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!