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Start A Snowball, Inc

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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Educational Services, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The Mission of Start A Snowball is the pursuit of the following principles: • Service: It is the responsibility of everyone, and if each one of us can help the world around us the world would be a much better place. • Possibility: It is possible for one person to make an enormous difference through a seemingly small effort to help someone. These actions can have long lasting and broad reaching ripples. • Support: Through offering resources and community we can empower youth to make huge impacts. • Growth: As we teach children about serving others we can create a movement that can influence a generation to become a generation of givers.

Results: We have supported the community service passions of kids around the country and given them grants to support their projects. Through these projects kids are learning what it is to give, and the power that they have to change the world. We are helping to build the next generation of givers.

Target demographics: build the next generation of givers

Direct beneficiaries per year: Kids around the country follow their passion to help others with inspiration and funding for their own community service projects

Geographic areas served: the US

Programs: • A website offering: o An online community to inspire, support, and encourage youth to engage in philanthropy o Online service learning curriculum o Ideas of possible projects for youth to undertake o Stories from other youth that have had successful projects o An open repository of education materials to assist educators and parents in teaching students about the impact they could have • An opportunity for individuals and organizations to obtain “seed money” (averaging $100 per grant) funding to start their own projects • A feedback loop to celebrate projects and drive service continuity once the project is complete

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Karen395

Client Served

Rating: 5

I set up a program to collect hygiene kits to be distributed to kids that need them at my school. Thank you so much for helping me get established and on my way to becoming a 501c3

Rebecka K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our first graders were able to use Start a Snowball to get a grant to kick start our service project Packing Hope! They were so inspired by the idea that someone was willing to help us so that we could help others! We are so grateful to Start a Snowball for believing in our cause and are happy to pay it forward!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My friend and I applied for a grant to help us be able to purchase an outdoor bulletin board for a local Hispanic mission we serve and materials to build a stand for it.

Just a week after we applied, we heard back! :) I was very impressed by their quickness to respond. I love that they are giving kids an opportunity to impact the world!

I totally recommend Start A Snowball to every kid out there!

Thanks so much Start A Snowball!

amylsullivan12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter and her friend applied for a Start A Snowball grant and received money to hire a graphic designer who helped them design and create a brochure for a new nonprofit in our area.

The girls thought of the idea, submitted the grant application, and followed-up with the designer completely on their own.

I was impressed at how quickly we received the response from Start A Snowball, and I am thrilled with all the girls learned through this experience. I highly recommend Start A Snowball for kids, teens, classrooms, and youth groups.

Thanks, Start A Snowball!

Deidra M.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My daughter received a grant from Start A Snowball for her service group, the Bundle Up Club. Their newest endeavor, Project Baby Bundle, which was partially funded by this grant, will provide handmade blankets and hats to needy families with young children. We're so thankful for the grant we received for this project, and are happy to report that we will be able to provide 115 kids ages 0-3 years with a hat and blanket this winter. Start A Snowball is a great organization and we're thankful for what they do!

Kimberly98

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughters used funds from Start-A-Snowball to operate Maggie to Mylee's Lemonade Stand. The funds allowed them to initiate and run their stand to raise $800.00 for Children's hospital, $1200.00 in books for a local school library in honor of a teacher diagnoised with breast cancer, and most recently $1500.00 to purchase Christmas presents for foster children in our county. They were so excited to have their efforts supported by Start-A-Snowball! It is amazing what our youth can accomplish with a little encouragement and positive support!!! This is a great organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son applied for a Start-A Snowball grant and received one right away! It's hard for kids, especially young ones, to find organizations willing to support them from the ground up - that's what Start-A-Snowball does. Start-A-Snowball turns ideas into reality, and inspires kids to be lifelong philanthropists. Terrific organization that really accomplishes its core mission!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our daughters used the grant funds from Start-A-Snowball to help start a Pack-A-Sack program for their elementary school that provides supplemental nutrition to the most needy children. We thought of the program in part based upon the Founding Project of Start-A-Snowball and our desire to help local children. To see the impact it's had on our children and their compassion for those in need is amazing. It's been a great family activity and time well spent together developing the project.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a Board Member at Start-A-Snowball and believe strongly in the mission of the organization! We value community service as a key ingredient to helping teach children compassion, teamwork, and work ethic. Start-A-Snowball is entirely focused upon helping children engage in community services and service learning through providing grant based seed funding of up to $100 to help kickstart projects, as well as serving as a resource of ideas and platform to highlight the amazing stories we see from children across American and the World.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm 12, and received a grant from Start A Snowball after I wrote them a letter. I made Bath Bombs and sold them here in Baltimore to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. At first the balls would not stick together but I figured out how to do it good. People really liked them and liked the cause. Thanks Start A Snowball-- next time I will make snowball bath bombs!

2 Laurie65

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter, who is a young teen starting her own service organization, applied for a grant from Start A Snowball. This was the first grant she had ever applied for, and I can't tell you how very excited she was when she was notified that Start A Snowball would indeed grant her request!

The money enabled her to do her first recruitment to expand her charity, and her work has really "Snowballed" since then!

Start A Snowball also kept in touch with her, checking in to see how her work was going, and was really encouraging to her.

They are just terrific!

Matt78

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What makes Start a Snowball so special is where it came from. This wasn't a board room-started nonprofit, led by (well-meaning) professionals looking to pad their respective resumes. This comes from perhaps the most genuine desires of the most genuine among us: a child. And it appears to continue to be child-led. If you can't get behind the idea of children helping other children, then, well, there's no hope for you.

In all seriousness, I have been HIGHLY impressed with the leadership of SAS and how they have stuck to the core mission. It is run with the passion of a grass roots organization, but with the professionalism of a much larger non-profit. That's not easy to do.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is doing great work in the hope to build the next generation of givers. The children of today will one day have to tackle the problems of tomorrow and Start A Snowball is starting from the ground up to help teach and help kids understand the power they have to change the world.